Brian McGuinness, global brand leader, specialty select brands, Starwood, said, As you can imagine, hiring for this particular position was a challenge as we were seeking a very specific set of automated skills, and one that could work literally around the clock. As soon as A.L.O. entered the room, we knew it was what we were looking for. A.L.O. has the work ethic of Wall-E, the humour of Rosie from The Jetsons and reminds me of my favorite childhood robot, R2-D2. We are excited to have it join our team.
Prior to its role at Aloft, A.L.O. studied at Saviokea new company which the robotics community has been eagerly anticipating for this first class of robots where it double majored in rudimentary tasks and hospitality. Transitioning to its new role as Botlr, A.L.O. will now facilitate and prioritise multiple guest deliveries, communicate effortlessly with guests at various hotel platforms, as well as efficiently navigate throughout the property including the elevator with ease. The appointment of A.L.O. represents yet another forward-looking milestone for Aloft, known for its industry-first smart check-in programme, 'Cool Concierge' programme and piloting Apple TV in-room services.
Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke, said, We are thrilled to introduce our robot to the world today through our relationship with Aloft Hotels. In our early testing, all of us at Savioke have seen the look of delight on those guests who receive a room delivery from a robot. Weve also seen the front desk get busy at times, and expect Botlr will be especially helpful at those times, freeing up human talent to interact with guests on a personal level.
A.L.O. officially reports for duty on August 20 at Aloft Cupertino, with several new Botlrs to join in the upcoming months.