The Godfrey Hotel Boston, located in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood

The Godfrey Hotel Boston announced recently that it will be using OpenKey to grant its guests mobile key access via the smartphone app.

The Godfrey Hotel Boston opened in February, and the 242-guest room lifestyle boutique is already making a name for itself as a technologically forward-thinking property with the introduction of OpenKey.

The app will allow guests to authorize and secure access to their hotel room from their smartphone or mobile device, check in remotely, call the front desk, confirm their identity using an ID capture and send their estimated time of arrival to the hotel.

“We want to provide the very best digital guest experience possible,” says Justin Tait, director of operations at The Godfrey Hotel Boston. “The hotel industry is evolving and technology has a big role in that. We are excited to work with OpenKey and have a partner with a hospitality technology platform that supports our needs and can be implemented into our existing BLE locks.”

The Godfrey Hotel Boston, located in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood, is the second Godfrey Hotel property developed by Oxford Capital Group, LLC. The first opened in 2014 in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Other features of the app include being notifying guests when their room is ready, giving them their room number, and it provides the hotel with valuable guest data. According to OpenKey, 64 percent of travelers want the ability to use their smart phone as a room key. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Other hotels that use OpenKey as their mobile room key provider include Hyatt Regency Savannah, Georgia; Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center; and Crowne Plaza Rivinia, Georgia.

In March, Smart Meetings identified electronic keying as an industry trend to watch in 2016, and it’s no surprise that more hotels are jumping on board. In addition to letting guests feel more in control, it decreases check-in times and eliminates the need for RFID cards.