Travel search engine Kayak is opening its own boutique hotel in April, the tech-forward Kayak Miami Beach.
Located in Miami Beach’s cultural hub of Collins Park and housed in a 1934 landmark art-deco building, the hotel’s design draws inspiration from the local Streamline Moderne architecture with bold design elements that marry the Deco-esque patterning with aerial crop and flight patterns, a modern nod to Kayak’s history. A wrap-around public rooftop area contains the on-property modern Middle Eastern bar and restaurant concept, Layla.
Behind the scenes, the property is a design lab for Kayak to build and refine its accommodation technology. The backend software, currently in early development, is intended to help independent hotels leverage the Kayak app and capitalize on the latest advances. It will include integrations to cloud-based property management systems, wireless lock and access controls, and sophisticated distribution channel management. Kayak will incorporate consumer and pricing insights from the billions of travel queries that it processes annually.
The technology is being developed in partnership with Life House, a vertically-integrated hotel brand and management company. Life House will help shape the onsite guest experience, manage hotel operations, and enable guests to interact with staff as much or as little as they prefer.
Kayak Miami Beach is the first Kayak hotel but may not be the last. Kayak will be exploring additional locations to help refine its software for different property sizes and types.
Photo: Courtesy of Kayak