Swanky California hotel uses drone delivery service

SAUSALITO, Calif. (KRON/CNN) — A swanky California hotel is offering decadent, high-tech accommodation in the hopes of luring high-end guests.

That includes a unique way of delivering room service, via a drone.

You can see in the video that the drone is holding two bottles of champagne — on their way to guests. It’s a flying bellhop.

“I think we’re going to set ourselves apart,” said hotel manager Sieste Nabben.

Nabben is the general manager of Casa Madrona, the hotel and spa that is offering the drone delivery service.

They are located in Downtown Sausalito, right off the water.

“I think the drone is currently not part of everyone’s life, but as technology moves forward, we certainly foresee something that could be part of everyone’s life,” said Nabben.

From the lobby, they will fly the drone to the guest deck delivering whatever a guest wants — treats, drinks, toys. They are flexible.

Eventually, they even see the using the drone to deliver things from the hotel out to a boat on the bay. For example, let’s say a guest wants champagne delivered out there or maybe a guest left their sunglasses in their room and they need the drone to bring them out their shades.

It’s a pretty neat idea, but it’s time to come crashing down to reality.

Flying drones are not cheap. In the near future it will be, but not yet.

So for now, this is a high-tech amenity for their high-end clientele.

The drone only flies for guests of their mega luxury Alexandrite Suite – which costs $10,000 a night.

I know you want to know what $10,000 gets you, so here it is:

  • 5,000 square feet of space
  • Full kitchen stocked with Blue Bottle coffee beans and an espresso machine
  • Dining room
  • Your own private gym with a big screen TV
  • Your own private office also with a TV
  • A stocked wine cooler
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi with a view of the bay
  • Walk-in closets
  • Whirlpool bathtub, also with a view and a steam shower
  • Giant video wall to watch TV or movies
  • It also has a giant back deck with all kinds of seating and a barbecue grill.

What you’re paying most for: the view — great views of the bay and the marina with all the boats. Alcatraz is also in the distance.

OK. So it’s nice, but $10,000 a night? I had to ask: Will anyone pay that? Do they have any reservations?

“We’ve seen a humongous interest in this suite – not only for this year but actually all the way through the summer of 2015,” said Nabben. “There’s been some high demand.”

blog comments powered by Disqus