Apple and Hyatt start rolling out hotel keys in Apple Wallet
Apple is partnering with Hyatt to allow some hotel guests to store their room keys in their Apple Wallets, as announced in a message to Hyatt’s newsroom. Instead of rummaging through your pockets for your room key, you can now use your iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock your room, as well as any other areas of the hotel where you need a key to get in.
There are currently only six Hyatt hotels in the US that support this feature, though Hyatt says it plans to eventually include it in hotels around the world. But for now, the participating hotels are: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa, Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market, Hyatt House Dallas/Richardson, Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley, and Hyatt Regency Long Strand.
Please note that to use the feature, your iPhone needs iOS 15 or later and your Apple Watch needs to be running watchOS 8 and later. Hyatt notes that once you have completed your reservation, you can add your room key to your Apple Wallet via the World of Hyatt app. The key will display your room number and will not be activated until your room is ready for check-in. If you need to make changes to your room, you can do so through the app and your key will be updated automatically. Your key will be deactivated once you have checked out.
Apple previewed this feature at WWDC 2021 alongside the Digital ID feature. Once launched, users in participating states will be able to digitally store their identification cards in their Apple Wallets. While Arizona and Georgia would be the first states to allow residents to store their IDs on their iPhones, their rollout has been delayed until 2022.