Search engine Kayak opens boutique hotel in Miami Beach

In style journey web site Kayak is diving into the waters of actual property.

The net search engine, based in 2004, will unveil its first boutique hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, this spring. The hotel is a product of the corporate’s effort to “reimagine the in-travel expertise” and can boast numerous improvements, together with contactless digital check-ins and tech-focused room facilities reminiscent of Apple TVs and Marshall audio system.

It would additionally home an Jap Mediterranean restaurant, Layla, that options know-how from Kayak’s sister model OpenTable, a eating reservations web site.

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“Our Miami Beach property will deepen our data of hospitality and showcase our rising capabilities,” Kayak CEO Steve Hafner stated in an announcement. In line with a media launch, the hotel will function a design lab for the corporate, the place it’ll refine its hospitality know-how. It would additionally use insights gleaned from its large search engine enterprise, leveraging client and pricing information from the billions of journey queries it receives every year.

The hotel will debut a 12 months after the coronavirus pandemic devastated the journey economic system, closing borders and curbing tourism worldwide. It additionally alerts a development in recreation-adjacent corporations venturing into hospitality: In 2019, health and spa chain Equinox unveiled its first luxurious hotel in New York.