Physical Security

Locks for new Belfast hotel

by Mark Rowe

At the new Marriott hotel, AC Hotel Belfast, dormakaba has recently supplied locks with a pitch free pivoting system for toughened glass doors.

With views across the River Lagan, towards the Titanic Quarter, the £25m, 188-bedroom, new hotel owned by Belfast Harbour is the first Marriott in Northern Ireland; joining more than 6,500 properties worldwide.

Having previously supplied its products to the AC Hotels by Marriott in Birmingham, dormakaba was contracted to supply 226 Saflok Quantum RFID locks in chrome and satin finish; plus 185 sets of BEYOND pivoting systems. The two-piece modular lock features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), as an alternative to keycards as guests can use their mobile device as a key. Guests can check in and out online with their mobile device and even grant or remove room access to other guests via the app. A tracking mortise for door ajar reporting allows hoteliers to review lock status reports. The patented BEYOND design features a pivot point positioned in the middle of the glass axle and close to the glass edge, for preventing the risk of trapped fingers.

Alan Rankin, Maintenance Manager at AC Hotel Belfast, said: “The dormakaba products installed in the hotel have been excellent. The Saflok Quantum RFID locks are very user-friendly and easy to use. The BEYOND system looks elegant, adding to the hotel aesthetic. Overall, dormakaba has definitely added to the quality of guest experiences here.”

And Nick Baldwin, UK Key Account Manager at dormakaba said: “We are extremely proud to again be working in collaboration with Marriott Hotels and share our innovative approach to enhancing customer experience. Following the AC Hotel in Birmingham, the AC Hotel Belfast is the next hotel in the UK to introduce mobile check-in, and we are excited to have been part of this project.”


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