China-based WeChat recently partnered with InterContinetal to open a new Chinese smart hotel in Shanghai. Offering a unique experience to visitors, the Chinese smart hotel lets them book rooms via WeChat and check in and access rooms using only a smartphone. Human assistance is also kept to a minimum, allowing patrons to verify their identity using facial recognition before being given their digital key card.
Hotel amenities can also be accessed through WeChat, including ordering room service, making payments, setting air conditioning, and adjusting curtains and lighting. Vouchers for food are also distributed through the app, with users simply needing to scan their face before beginning to eat. Finally, guests of an executive suite can summon a 24-hour butler service through WeChat.
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