Umhlanga Arch to welcome world’s first completely smart hotel

Umhlanga Arch has differentiated itself
from other developments through the curation of innovation and technology.
Launched two years ago, the developers behind this new-age project have set the
benchmark for more than just smart residential living. They are also redefining
the goals for holiday accommodation and now more than ever, this is not seen as
luxury but rather as necessity.

Charles Thompson, Director of Devmco and
the developers behind the Hilton Garden Inn in Umhlanga says that international
brand, Hilton, is known as a reliable and desired holiday accommodation option
for international and local travellers. “Having partnered with us, we have
been able to collaborate in bringing global smart technology to our shores and
to create a dynamic, safe, and effortless experience
” he says.

We cannot wait for the doors of the
Hilton Garden Inn to open. We are very proud that this will be the world’s
first completely smart hotel to be launched

As the flagship Hilton Garden Inn in South Africa, the hotel is scheduled to open this October and it will span across 10 000m2 , providing 207 affordable luxury suites as well as its own business and fitness centre and outdoor pool. To enter the hotel and the rooms, everything will be card-less and geared towards smart tech that either operates from the visitor’s mobile phone app or their room key. The Hilton mobile app has been designed to allow guests to control the appliances remotely like the lights, TV, and the aircon. The hotel will use UV cleaning systems for sheets and other material items which ensures that sheets and gowns are practically brand new as it sanitises and removes all stains.

Security is a big thing whenever
travelling and these features really allow guests to feel safe without feeling
inundated. Aside from boom gates into the underground parking, technology will
play a vital role in making the experience seamless; from cameras strategically
located across the hotel, to smart lifts which, when you present your mobile
screen face or key to the sensor, the lift will take you directly to your floor
so there is no travelling between floors
,” shares Thompson.

Despite the local slowdown in the tourism
and business travel sectors, KwaZulu-Natal is set to see major increases with
its first smart city earmarked for Durban’s Aerotropolis, a ten-minute drive
from Umhlanga Arch. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation,
post-Covid-19 restrictions, the demand for domestic travel and tourism will
recover quickly, as soon as the fourth quarter of 2020, while South Africa’s international
tourism industry is only anticipating to kickstart operations next year.

Business traffic through King Shaka
International has increased by 37% year-on-year and the international airport
is expected to hit the 1 million mark in passenger arrivals in the next five

Hilton Garden Inns across the world identifies the world’s most vibrant destinations to set up, and it’s no surprise that Umhlanga Arch was a winner for this hotel group. Located in the heart of Umhlanga, one of South Africa’s most sought-after property destinations, Umhlanga Arch offers an iconic destination for travellers to visit” concludes Thompson.

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