I was reading an article on USA Today about a new pilot that Holiday Inn is testing out in some of their pilot hotels. They are using a new Open Ways technology to let you check-in and open your room door from your BlackBerry. I think that is kind of impersonal but cool at the same time. They are testing this along with simple RFID cards but I think the smartphone angle is interesting.
I dug a little into it and it turns out the Open Ways technology works by downloading an app to your phone and you can open the confirmation email to open the door. According to HotelMusings the system can work on any phone that has a speaker and can receive audio messages. This is because it sends a unique encrypted audio code that you play to the door lock and opens the door.
Could be interesting to see how this plays out. I want to see if people are interested in just walking into their hotel room without having to speak to anybody or wait in any lines.