Champion Hotels taps dormakaba for first avid and Tru hotels

Champion Hotels just opened the first IHG avid hotel in Oklahoma City this month and currently has five properties under construction and approximately 20 in development. Photo credit: dormakaba

Champion Hotels opened the world’s first IHG avid hotel in Oklahoma City this month. Champion installed dormakaba’s Saflok Quantum mobile-ready radio frequency identification electronic door locks at the avid hotel and the first Tru by Hilton it opened last year. Champion Hotels is the largest privately held hotel operator in the U.S. with more than 180 franchised locations. Champion Hotels currently has five properties under construction and approximately 20 in development.
 
“We use dormakaba locks at many of our properties and will install dormakaba locks in all our future new construction projects,” Champion Hotels’ VP Harshil Patel said in a statement. “Good service is essential in hospitality, and reliable locks are important to the guest experience. Hilton’s mobile access system at its Tru properties uses dormakaba equipment and it works great. We insist on using dormakaba electronic door locks at all our projects, regardless of brand.”
 
“Champion Hotels is a family-owned and -operated company. It is different than a large corporate business,” Patel continued. “Our philosophy is to care for our property teams so our teams can care for our guests. Providing guests with a secure door lock that works perfectly is important to us. Mobile access is a huge advance. I use our branded property’s mobile access systems when I travel.”

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