“Our demographic is all about openness, sharing, collaboration, and disrupting the more traditional living experience. We’re excited to see how this product takes shape with existing and new visitors to residents in the area, and we couldn’t think of a better way to hand them the keys to our creative communal-living space than by putting access to the property residences right on their smartphones,” said Robert Herscu of Mayumi.
Mobile technology offering entry access without a key or a key card is a recent focus of technological advancement in the hotel industry. OpenKey is pushing past the borders of the hotel industry and now establishing a name for the technology in the creative living space realm.
OpenKey has made much of that opportunity. Since launching in 2014, the Dallas-based company has grown from three to 30 employees globally and services hotels in eleven countries across four continents. The partnership with The Mayumi, a new boutique hotel under the umbrella of HQ Development, a Los Angeles-based developer of upscale creative office space, is the first step for OpenKey beyond hotels and into creative stay and living spaces.
Along with keyless access to their residences, short- and long-term occupants of the Mayumi can employ the OpenKey app to book amenities, notify the property of early or late arrival, receive property announcements and access Wi-Fi codes. Another plus for the civic-minded, environmentally conscious guests typically drawn to shared live and work spaces: OpenKey technology eliminates the need for disposable plastic keys.
Housed in Culver City, The Mayumi has been transformed into a creative stay and work space with design by architecture firm, Shubin Donaldson. The two-story property offers 35 units with private bathrooms, modern-luxury furnishings, storage, flat-screen smart televisions, smartphone controls and more. Residents share common spaces including a full kitchen with top of the line appliances and an expansive courtyard area equipped with work stations and dining areas including BBQ and fire pit areas as well as a shared complimentary laundry room. The Mayumi provides an affordable stay alternative for guests as nightly rates starting at with special arrangements for month-to-month stays.
“We are excited to go beyond our usual base in the hotel industry and introduce our experience-focus technology platform to the Mayumi,” said TJ Person, CEO at OpenKey. “As demand for creative hospitality space grows, guests will desire more and more technological innovation within their living arrangements. It’s exciting to be able to establish a foothold within this new segment of home-living in its early stages of development.”