Cryptocurrencies have found a new home in Nashville, Tennessee. Bobby Hotel and The Westin Nashville have become the first two hotels in the city, and the first properties in the United States, to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment.
In partnership with BitPay, guests at these two properties can use cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and Stablecoin for room stays, event bookings—including weddings and private group dinners—and any of the outlets in the properties.
“As Bitcoin and cryptocurrency become more widely accepted forms of payment globally, it was important to find a way to provide our guests with the access and convenience of utilizing these currencies when visiting Bobby,” says Jeff Crabiel, area general manager for Bobby Hotel. “We’re thrilled to lead the charge within Nashville…as we continue to seek out opportunities to better serve our guests, and the needs of today’s traveler.”
Guests using cryptocurrency as payment during their stay can scan a QR code on check-out through one of the many cypto wallet applications.
Using cryptocurrency to pay isn’t limited to hotel stays, either. Travel search platform Expedia has partnered with travel booking platform Travala to allow visitors to use Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash when paying for flights, accommodations and car rentals. Travala, a travel search engine as well, supports more than more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash and Travala, the website’s native cryptocurrency. A report by Travala indicated that 59 percent of hotel bookings made through the platform had used cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin accounting for 21 percent of transactions.