ORLANDO, FLA.—This month the Art Ovation Hotel Autograph Collection opened its doors in Sarasota, Fla. as an active host, facilitator, patron and partner of the arts. To enhance the hotel’s art gallery experience, the property equipped each of its 162 guestrooms with portable ICEbedside tablets from Intelity. Guests can click on the Ovation Arts icon in the hotel’s mobile app, powered by Intelity, to see objects on display throughout the property, and they are encouraged to take the in-room iPads with them as they tour the gallery. Uploaded videos provide details on each work and its artist, and guests can purchase pieces directly through the mobile app.
“Using Intelity tablets, our guests are engaging more closely with local artists and learning about their artistic expressions on display throughout our hotel,” said Front Office Manager Egemen Alici. “Together with the Ringling College of Art and Design, we are presenting an evolving array of unique, immersive, artistic experiences supported by exceptional hospitality in a dynamic, art-centric environment. Intelity is helping us bring these art experiences to life through the mobile app they created. Guests can view videos of the displays on their tablets prior to seeing them face-to-face, or they can tour our exhibitions with tablets in hand—and even buy art on the spot using the Ovation mobile app.”
At Art Ovation Hotel, guests are invited to interact and be part of the rotating art exhibitions that include live performances, tours, classes, talks and workshops. All artists are local, and most originated from Ringling College. Works are donated to the hotel and exhibited throughout the property. Eighty percent of art sold goes to the artists and 20 percent is given to the Ringling College Fund. Artists visit the property daily; some perform while others draw in front of guests to get them more engaged.
Soon hotel staff will begin using Intelity’s new Mercury Messaging Portal. Part of the ICE platform, Mercury will enable guests to place requests with hotel staff via the messaging channel they choose, whether it be SMS text, or social media. Whether the guest is at home, in route to the hotel, or touring the art exhibit, staff will have the messaging tools they need to reply to guest requests instantly and deliver on requests efficiently.
“The Art Ovation Hotel offers something imaginative, inspiring and extraordinary,” said Gregg Hopkins, Intelity Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “It presents an evolving array of unique, immersive, artistic experiences supported by inspired technology in a dynamic, art-centric environment. What’s really cool for guests is that they can preview all art on display first from their guestrooms by using our convenient iPads. They can also use them to request room service, set wake-up calls, request valet service, make dining reservations, facilitate checkout and much more. But even before they step foot into the hotel, guests can use Intelity’s ICEweb to get a more complete, personalized look at the property. No matter how visitors prefer to interact with Art Ovation Hotel, Intelity is powering the engagement process every step of the way.
“We are thrilled that Art Ovation Hotel is a new Intelity customer,” he said. “We look forward to expanding our relationship and bringing the hotel’s dynamic art environment to life with our ICE solutions.”
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