Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group launches iPhone application

HONG KONG Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has launched MO Hotels, a travel application available for download on the iTunes App Store.

Designed for iPhone and iPod Touch and compatible with iPad, the complimentary app offers travelers the ability to make or modify real-time reservations, review detailed hotel information, explore destination guides and more.

 “Our guests are increasingly interested in the tools of technology to simplify their busy lives and connect to other like-minded travelers,” says Christoph Oberli, vice president of ecommerce for Mandarin Oriental. “A successful digital strategy adds another dimension to the guest experience.”

The app allows guests to tour Mandarin Oriental hotels and resorts worldwide and view details and images of rooms, services and amenities. Users can also view Mandarin Oriental hotel locations from an interactive 3D globe, which can be tapped to launch the associated hotel information.

With direct connections to secure content servers and reservations systems, guests can find rate information and room availability in real time and make secure bookings, access existing reservations or change upcoming reservations. The latest special offers available at all Mandarin Oriental hotels worldwide are showcased and dynamically updated.

The “Cities by MO” function is a wide-ranging destination guide that lists area attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife sections. A special point-to-point mapping function is also included, taking advantage of the iPhone’s GPS functionality to make finding any destination that much faster.

Additionally, a range of dynamic content is available offline, resulting in an app that works seamlessly without network signal coverage.