Sausalito Hotel Uses Drones for Room Service

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SAUSALITO —

This drone is holding two bottles of champagne that are on their way to guests.

It’s a flying bell hop.

“I think this will really help set us apart,” said Sieste Nabben.

Sieste is right. He is the general manager of Casa Madrona, the hotel and spa that is offering the drone delivery service.

They are located in downtown Sausalito, right off the water.

“I think the drone is not part of everyday life, but as the technology moves forward, we see something that certainly could be part of everyone’s life,” Nabben said.

From the lobby they will fly the drone to the guest deck delivering whatever a guest wants—treats, drinks, toys. They are flexible.

Eventually they even see the using the drone to deliver things from the hotel out to a boat on the bay.

Say a guest wants champagne delivered out there or maybe a guest left their sunglasses in their room and they need the drone to bring them out their shades.

It’s a pretty neat idea

Now, time for reality to come crashing down.

Flying drones is not cheap. In the near future it will be, but not yet.

So for now this is a high tech amenity for their high-end clientele. The drone only flies for guests of their mega-luxury Alexandrite Suite, which costs $10,000 a night.

Here’s what that gets you:

  • 5,000 square feet of space
  • Full kitchen stocked with blue bottle beans and an espresso machine
  • Dining room
  • Your own private gym with a big screen TV
  • Your own private office also with a TV
  • A stocked wine cooler
  • Outdoor jacuzzi with a view of the bay
  • Walk in closets
  • Whirlpool bathtub also with a view and a steam shower
  • A giant video wall—what a way to watch TV or movies
  • A giant back deck with all kinds of seating and a barbeque.

And what you’re paying most for: the view. Great views of the bay, the marina right here, all the boats and Alcatraz in the distance.

Ok, so it’s nice, but still $10,000 a night? Will anyone pay that?

“We have had a ton of interest. We are booked most of the summer and through most of next spring 2015,” Nabben said.

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