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Mr. Bennett

Victor Bennett

Chief Operating Officer, Suite Spa

Victor Bennett is COO of Suite Spa, which provides spa services for high end hotels throughout Manhattan and Washington DC. Mr. Bennett has been in the spa industry for 30 years and launched Suite Spa by accident in 2008 when a concept he and Mrs. Bennett invented hit the front page of USA Today. At the time they were running Vasaio Life Spa, their medical spa and were asked by the new JW Marriott, Grand Rapids to provide spa services for their guests. Because there was only one spa room built out, the Bennett's invented a spa cart that brought the world class spa to the guest's room. Massage table, facial steamer, nail table, hot towel cabbie, hot stone tray, pedi bowl, lighting and sound system deck out the cart and one plug powers it all! Facials, hot stone therapy, massage, wraps, nail sand body services can be performed wherever you can go with the cart. “Take your spa anywhere” and “redefining room service” are Suite Spa's taglines. Today, the cart is patented and is the only full service mobile spa experience. Suite Spa is a preferred vendor for Hyatt, yet they have had relationships with Marriott and Independents as well. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have been married for 31 years, have four grown daughters and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Please visit www.suitespa.net for more information.

Mr. Bennett can be contacted at 616-481-3349 or victor@suitespa.net

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.