Feel free to snub the hotel lobby staff.
This won't all happen at once, but the Virginia-based company that operates more than 4,000 properties in 80 countries aims to roll out the technology to make the process seamless.
"We analyzed data and feedback from more than 40 million HHonors [loyalty club] members, as well as guest surveys, social media posts and review sites, and it's clear that guests want greater choice and control," Geraldine Calpin, senior vice president and global head of digital said in a statement this week.
Here's how it works: From 6 a.m. on the day before your reservation, you'll be able to browse floor plans or a list of available rooms to choose the one you want. Photos will accompany listings too. Once you make a selection, you can check in, make special requests or upgrades and check out all on your mobile device.
Next year, the company plans to phase in technology that will allow guests to use their mobile devices as room keys. Checking out digitally is available at all U.S. hotels the company operates; it will roll it out worldwide by the end of 2016.