Contactless Hospitality: Benefits and Opportunities to Explore

The article was updated on October 26, 2023.

Contactless technology has become a buzzword ever since the COVID-19 pandemic brought us face to face with increased contamination risks. The hospitality industry had to adjust to the changing reality and embrace contactless tech solutions.

This has accelerated the adoption of the new-gen technology, and contactless hospitality is now the new normal. Currently, HORECA companies are leveraging contactless solutions to ensure their guest experience is safe and contamination-free.

In this blog, we will expand on the specifics of contactless hospitality and look at some of the most prominent examples of digitized hospitality services. Read on to learn more!

What is contactless guest experience?

Contactless hospitality services eliminate human contact completely or reduce it to a necessary minimum.

It’s fair to name contactless technology innovation the product of the 2020 health crisis. After all, the pandemic has taught us to adapt and be flexible in delivering the best guest experience.

Contactless services came as a safety means but stayed as the convenient and effortless way of business interactions. It turns out that guests don’t mind minimizing any in-person operations, prioritizing hands-free experience. In fact, contactless operations grant seamless, stress-free experiences, appreciated by guests who value efficiency and simplicity.

From making reservations to hotel check-ins and check-outs, ordering catering and room service, sightseeing, and learning about events and tourist attractions, there’s nothing contactless hospitality solutions can’t do more efficiently while preserving the brand identity at the same time.

Back in 2020, contactless technology allowed businesses to adapt and transform their services to accommodate safety needs and requirements. These days, people not only have learned to interact with such technology but expect it in most hospitality services and beyond. Contactless hospitality has opened a new era in hotels, restaurants, and similar businesses, empowering guests to conduct simple transactions with a few taps on their smartphones instead of relying on others.

As surveys indicate, 70% of millennials would rather prefer a contactless hotel experience. With gen Z customers this percentage is even higher. Clearly, technology is set to become an inseparable part of modern hotel amenities and is changing 21-century hospitality as we know it.


Benefits of contactless guest experience

The hospitality industry is eagerly adopting contactless technologies. So what is the value of a contactless guest experience for companies and customers, and how does it help improve hotel services?

Let’s take a look at how technology is changing the hotel industry.


Contactless hospitality services enable travelers across the world to enjoy their experiences with less pandemic-related anxiety. When all the interactions are handled through an app, or a voice solution offering a hands-free experience, contamination risks are considerably reduced.

Most importantly, increased safety doesn’t compromise the quality of services. Hotel personnel, on the other hand, is less subjected to the risk of contracting a virus via contact with visitors.

Reduced stress

Contactless hospitality is also especially attractive to those who find communicating with hotel personnel tedious and stressful. Admittedly, many customers find miscommunications that happen due to language and cultural differences daunting.

Contactless solutions take the stress out of human contact and enable customers to enjoy the untainted contactless guest experience.

Automated workflow

Contactless tech solutions are not only safer from a health perspective – they also eliminate human error while processing documents, credit card details, registrations, etc. They help streamline and automate the routines that normally require the work of several employees.

Integrated analytics

Companies leveraging contactless digital solutions can also benefit from analytics and insights. Digital hospitality tools collect client-related data at every stage of the customer’s stay – from booking the accommodations to leaving testimonials.

Personalized services

Contactless hospitality solutions operate using the clients’ personal data, which enables hoteliers to cater to visitors’ individual tastes. In a post-industrial society, the personalization of services is a major selling point, as it helps take customer experience to an entirely new level.

Competitive advantage

Hospitality digitization is imminent, and companies who are pioneering the implementation of contactless hotel technology will have a distinct competitive edge.

According to a survey conducted by Criton in 2020, most of the customers would prefer digitized experience over traditional hotel services. More specifically, 62% of people who took part in the survey said they would prefer a digitized check-in, 80% were willing to conduct all the operations related to their stay via an app, and 47% said, they would request room services more eagerly if they could do it using contactless technology.

With the growing number of young travelers and travelers with pandemic anxiety, the demand for digital hospitality solutions is set to increase, and its early adopters will surely gain a competitive edge.


Use cases for contactless hospitality

Contactless hospitality is not an entirely new concept. The first concierge robots appeared in 2014, while contactless bookings, payments, and automated in-room services had been available even earlier, as part of digital concierge software.

Let’s now take a look at an overview of existing hospitality solutions.

Digital concierge apps

Hotel digital concierge is an all-inclusive platform that aggregates all of the most demanded hotel services – from check-ins to contactless payments, and enables guests to manage their stay by themselves.

Such apps provide personalized services, offer 24/7 support and play a major role in boosting the efficiency of hotel operations.

Guestfriend – is an example of such an app, proving all of the useful information in one place and minimizing staff workload. The app works in a contactless way, delivering all the info that guests need during their stay to their device screens and eliminating the need to print out costly paper brochures.

Automated accommodation

Checking-in into a hotel can actually be done without any human interaction, and even without touching any surfaces of hotel premises. Contactless check-in is enabled by technologies like NFC, face, and voice recognition and is used in many hotels around the world.

Hilton Honors app, for example, conducts automated check-in the minute a user walks in through a hotel door. Other services like Aero Guest enable visitors to book the desired room in advance.

Keyless hotel room entry

Electronic hotel keys are a relatively new invention, but with keyless hotel room entry technology, you don’t need any keys whatsoever. Guests can now use smartphone apps to unlock the room doors.

Other keyless entry options use a small chip embedded in a bracelet and tied to a guest’s credit card. By pressing the bracelet to the door, the chip unlocks a hotel room in a contactless way.

This technology is used by Melia Hotels International and other hospitality brands.

Automated in-room service

Other solutions deliver automated room service which guests can request and manage via an app, or by using voice commands.

Jurny is an example of an automated platform that gives travelers complete control over their experience. Rather than offering a stay at a hotel, the service brings customers a selection of apartments, equipped with everything they need to help them feel at home. Fully automated room service and 24/7 support are included in the service package.

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Automated assistance

Other hospitality companies focus on developing AI-based chatbots to provide guests with the answers to frequent questions and help them create a seamless and satisfying experience.

Such solutions serve as mediators between customers and personnel and forward customer requests to the staff. These bots are quite sophisticated and use Natural Language Processing to recognize human speech and voice commands., for example, provides users with a digital Booking Assistant to help them find and book accommodations.

Voice-command devices

For a hands-free experience, hoteliers are equipping their guest rooms and facilities with voice-command devices, such as blinds, thermostats, TV, and entertainment centers.

Smart speakers with access to digital assistants like Alexa and Google Home are the new standard for modern digitized hotels. Reserving tables, requesting room service or booking excursions are among options that guests can request via voice commands.

Contactless payments

Contactless payment technology in hospitality enables guests to pay for services in a secure and hygienic manner, without manual contact with payment processing terminals.

Contactless terminals accept and process credit card payments. Guests can also pay using their devices, such as smartphones, watches, and wristbands.


As fancy and futuristic as they may seem, robots are actually extremely efficient during social distancing. In hospitality, robots perform a range of functions: there are front desk concierge robots, luggage carriers, service, and delivery robots, cleaning robots spraying sanitizer in the rooms and hallways, etc.

Crown Plaza, for example, uses a robot called Dash looking a lot like R2D2 to deliver hotel amenities. The robot announces its arrival with a phone call and returns to a charging station when out of energy.

Surely, the measures that hospitality companies take to ensure secure hotel stay during COVID-19 extend even further: disinfection stations using UV lighting and sanitizing sprayers, air-cleaning devices, and even anti-bacterial furniture coverings are being increasingly used so that guests can feel safe and protected.

Hoteliers are also redesigning public areas to create enough space for social distancing.


Step-by-step guide on how to implement contactless technology effectively

So where to start when you want to step on board with the new contactless hospitality trend? Here is the step-by-step guide to help you implement those dreams.

1. Define objectives and goals 

Begin by identifying your specific goals, whether it’s improving guest safety, streamlining operations, or enhancing convenience. Clearly define what you are trying to achieve with it, such as reducing physical touchpoints and in-person interactions, increasing guest satisfaction, or optimizing staff efficiency.

2. Select the right technology

Research and choose technology solutions that align with the desired contactless hotel experiences. Consider options like mobile apps for contactless check-ins, digital menus, and smart room controls. Ensure the technology is user-friendly for both guests and staff, and capable of integrating with existing systems.

3. Evaluate security and compliance

Prioritize security and compliance to protect guest data and within the industry regulations. Implement data encryption, authentication measures, and data retention policies. Regularly update your technology to stay ahead of emerging security threats.

4. Invest in hardware and software

Invest in quality hardware and software that support your chosen technology. For example, install contactless payment terminals, NFC-enabled locks, QR code generators, and guest management systems. Go for user-friendly interfaces and ensure they are compatible with various devices and operating systems.

5. Integration with existing systems

Seamlessly integrate new contactless solutions with your existing systems. Ensure compatibility with property management systems, existing payment systems, and access control software, and others. Such integration enhances data accuracy and facilitates efficient operations.

6. User education and training

Start by creating comprehensive training programs in contactless technology in hospitality for both staff and guests. Educate employees on how to use and support the technology, emphasizing its benefits. Develop user-friendly materials, videos, and tutorials for guests to access easily, ensuring they understand and can use the new contactless features.

7. Deployment and scaling

Begin with a pilot deployment to identify any issues and make necessary adjustments. Once satisfied, gradually scale up the technology across all properties or locations. Plan for scalability and consider potential challenges to ensure a smooth deployment process.

8. Data analytics

Gain insights into guest behavior, preferences, and operational efficiency using data analytics. Analyze data from contactless technology to identify trends and opportunities for improvement. Utilize this information to tailor services, personalize guest experiences, and optimize operations.

9. Feedback collection

Actively collect feedback from guests and staff regarding the contactless hotel technology. Use surveys, reviews, and direct communication to gather input on usability, satisfaction, and any concerns. Regularly analyze this feedback to fine-tune the technology and address any issues promptly.

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Final thoughts

The COVID-19 crisis has had a highly disruptive effect on the hospitality industry: apart from the negative impact, companies were compelled to rethink their business concepts and adopt new technologies. In a post-pandemic world, contactless hospitality is the name of the game, and early adopters will surely have the upper hand.

The need to readjust, though, places high requirements on hospitality companies: implementing contactless technology in hospitality will involve profound changes such as personnel training, adopting new security measures, and even changing the entire structure of an organization.

Most importantly, tech partnerships that companies forge will play a decisive role. In order to deliver added value, technological solutions have to be tailored to a company’s unique needs and integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructures and business processes. Moreover, they will require constant updates and support.

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