Helping Hoteliers Deliver The Best Possible In-Room Experience To Their Guests

In-room Technology The Best Possible In-Room Experience To Their Guests

What Guests Want!

In-room technology is paramount to business travelers. Want to know how they feel when they can’t use what they want?

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Is a flat screen TV and in-house movies enough to keep your guests coming back? Our research says “No”

Guests use their room as an office and as their home away from home. The more comfortable and enjoyable you make the experience the more loyal your guests will be.

  • Can guests readily access your in-room TV so they can hook up their laptop or iPad to play the movie they have on it?
  • Is it easy for them to charge and listen to their music on their iPod/iPhone?
  • Can they sit in bed and do their emails via wireless?
  • Are there enough free and easily accessible power points?

That’s what guests want – we know because we asked them in our guest research

If your guests can’t do the above there is a good chance that they are booking into your competitors where they can do just that.

We work with hotel General Managers who know in-room technology plays an important part in their guests experience and in determining where they choose to stay. We help them to deliver the best possible in-room experience for their guests.

Are you noticing guests are asking more and more for things you don’t have in the room? Is it time you reviewed you’re in room offering?

Our clients are guest focused and technology driven.

Technology 4 Hotels Clients - Accor Hilton Hyatt Langham IHG Quest Vibe Medina ParkRoyal Starwood Mirvac Rydges Stamford

Today’s business traveller expects to be able to create a ‘home away from home’ and an ‘office away from the office’ whilst travelling.

Progressive hoteliers who are already meeting these needs are seeing clients return on a regular basis. Those that have failed to adapt to the changing needs of business travellers are losing clients on a weekly basis.

Our research shows how important it is to provide appropriate In-Room Technology to ensure your business guests chose to stay with you and equally importantly, return time and time again.

We know it is hard to keep up to date with all the options offered for In-Room Technology and we make it our business to stay up to date. Our business is aimed at assisting you to understand what your hotel needs and then achieving it.

If you are interested, in a FREE property assessment and tailored report please call or send an email and we will contact you and make the arrangements. We can only do two assessments per week so please contact us today so we can accommodate you in a timely manner

What Our Clients Are Saying…

“What attracted me to Technology4Hotels was the fact that they are a specialist provider of products tailored for the accommodation / hospitality industry. I was reassured by their track record and portfolio of prior projects and clients. The new Lightning Dock Dual Alarm Clock Radios that we purchased have a professional modern look that helps modernise our offering. Guest feedback suggest the functionality of the lightning docks and USB connectivity is especially beneficial. We received great follow up and service as well as industry knowledge (the ‘hotel switch’ on the iHome docks is genius) and understanding of operating challenges (TV brackets sturdiness, etc). I can whole heartedly say that the team is genuinely helpful, capable and very professional. I would recommend Technology 4 Hotels because they were easy to deal with, the service is excellent and they are always willing and eager to help.”

– Garrett Prendiville, Executive Director – Hotels PRENDIVILLE GROUP July 10, 2015

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How Hotel Guest Services Systems Can Enhance the Guest Experience

All hotels know the importance of delivering a great guest experience. Yet the explosion in digital communication makes it a huge challenge to do this on a consistent basis.

Hotels are bombarded with requests from countless channels as guests get in touch via phone, email, messaging platforms, mobile apps and social media. Staying on top of this (and trying to offer great face-to-face service at the same time), means it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Outdated Systems and Technology

The reason it’s overwhelming is that some hotels still rely on old-fashioned manual processes to track service requests and assign tasks. A 2015 survey from Software Advice found that 25% of U.S. hoteliers still rely on pen and paper to manage their properties. A further 16% admitted they had no system in place at all.

Unsurprisingly, this paves the way for mistakes and inefficiency.

Relying on fragmented technology creates similar headaches for hoteliers. If staff are using different systems to track progress on tasks and guest requests, it’s easy to see how errors can be made.

Management are also left with a limited overview of operations, and lots of unanswered questions. Are staff being as efficient as they can be? Are guests receiving the high level of service they expect? Is the brand promise being delivered consistently? It’s incredibly hard to know these things when information exists on paper, or lives on multiple systems.

The key to success, then, is automation. It requires an industry-specific tool that acts as a central resource for all departments. Request management technology such as, “One Stop Solution” make this possible. This kind of technology can carry out a number of roles, including tracking requests from guests, automating and streamlining hotel employee workflow to increase efficiencies, reducing costs and personalising the guest experience.

Let’s take a more detailed look at five of the benefits they offer.

1. Never Miss a Request

A big benefit of a guest management system is that all staff can communicate, track and update requests in one place. Jobs can be scheduled for immediate or future action, which makes for a more streamlined and intelligent way to handle requests based on their urgency.

This can be especially helpful during a shift change — a key time when information can slip through the net. When a new staff member starts their shift, they can easily check any outstanding requests that need to be actioned. That might involve a room change, delivery additional towels or confirming a guest’s dinner reservation.

Then there are times when ensuring requests are passed on becomes especially important. For instance, a family arriving with a baby might have asked for a cot to be placed in their room. The last thing you want is for that family to arrive at 10pm with a screaming infant, only to find their request hasn’t been fulfilled.

2. The Right Person on the Job

Guest request management software also allows requests to be automatically distributed to the department or staff member most suited to the specific task at hand. That might be based on their location in the hotel (allowing them to react quickly), or their particular skill set.

An employee can then accept a request and mark it as closed once it’s been handled. This allows for total transparency, so everyone in the team is updated in real time.

The benefit of this is that the right person is assigned without delay. This means a guest isn’t left waiting unnecessarily, and receives help from the most appropriate staff member. When requests are assigned automatically, your team also no longer have to waste valuable time manually coordinating and routing tasks.

3. Resolve Issues Swiftly

A major focus for any hotel is complaint management. A negative guest experience can translate into a negative Tripadvisor post within seconds. So when it comes to resolving issues, delay is a dirty word. Furthermore, 52% of consumers say the most important attribute of an exceptional experience is a fast response time to their needs and issues.

Of course in the digital age, seamless one-to-one communication raises guest expectations further. We live in a word where email now is considered too slow, so we text or use messaging apps. So if a guest alerts the hotel front desk to an issue with their room via a messaging app, you can be sure they expect a fast response.

This is where guest request management software really comes into its own. Whether it’s alerting maintenance to a faulty in-room air-con system, or housekeeping to an understocked minibar— small issues or potentially major complaints are instantly routed for swift resolution.

4. More Focus on the Guest

In the hotel industry, attention is a finite yet invaluable resource. Guests expect to have their needs attended too quickly. But when hotel staff are dealing with multiple requests split across multiple systems, their attention is taken away. As a consequence, they simply can’t devote the same attention to the guests in front of them.

A centralised guest management system helps by removing the need for hotel staff to monitor different channels, freeing them up to spend more time on what really matters — providing a great guest experience.

 

 

5. Personalising the Guest Experience

Personalisation is very much the industry buzzword right now. The modern day hotel guest arrives expecting their unique needs and preferences to be catered for. Especially if they’ve stayed with the hotel many times before.

If a guest previously requested extra pillows or a specific beer in their mini-bar, it’s very likely they’ll expect the same again. In order to meet this expectation, hotels need to understand their guests like never before.

Whether it’s captured via digital communication (e.g. social media, email, messaging app) or through a verbal request on-property, which is logged in the guest request management software, it needs to be recorded in a central system.

Any member of staff can then access this data (and add to it over time) to help pre-empt needs and deliver exceptional service — personalising the guest experience in the most meaningful way possible.

 

The Best Service Possible

In the digital age, hotels are bombarded with a huge volume of data from an array of sources. The post-it note culture of yesteryear just doesn’t cut it anymore. In order to quickly assign tasks to staff, handle guest requests, and much more besides — a centralised guest request management tool is essential.

This automated, 21st-century solution is the key to the ultimate guest experience. It allows a hotel to run more smoothly — optimal efficiency to provide optimal service! The end result is happier guests who are much more likely to return time and time again.