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Lynchburg hotel getting robot to help with room service, holding naming contest

The robot will be capable of delivering guests whatever they need right to their room, day or night. (Courtyard by Marriott Liberty University/Lynchburg)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A local hotel is testing a new 'robot' that could deliver fresh coffee and a wake up call to your hotel door.

Courtyard in Lynchburg is adding the robot to their team.

The robot will be capable of delivering guests whatever they need right to their room, day or night.

The autonomous delivery robot, called 'Relay,' was developed by Sovioke and is programmed to deliver food, drinks, snacks, pillows, towels, or most anything that a hotel guest might need directly to their room.

When the items arrive to the room, the robot will stand by the door and ring the guestroom telephone, once those items are delivered, the robot will call the elevator and return to the lobby to prepare for its next delivery.

"We always want our guests to be delighted," said Jane Dunn, Director of Sales for the Courtyard. "Since we already serve food, alcohol and fresh coffee in our Bistro, the Savoike robot will allow us to offer guests room service for these items, in addition to other things that they may need. And of course it is fun to interact with, and doesn’t expect a tip."

The robot is expected to arrive sometime in February, but needs a name!

Dunn said she wants to personalize it, so they are holding a naming contest through Tuesday, February 13.

The winner of the contest will get 10,000 Marriott Rewards points that can be used toward free hotel nights at any Marriott hotels in the world.

The contest will be open to everyone.

After the name is picked, Dunn said there is a graphic artist read to personalize the robot itself to match its name.

To suggest a name for the Courtyard’s new robot and enter the contest, simply email your suggestion to Jane.Dunn@marriott.com.

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