The anticipated growth in hotel robots was largely attributed to falling technology costs and guests becoming more accustomed to the concept. Early hotel adopters say devices such as Savioke's Relay robot and Maidbot are gaining favor because they are efficient at both delivering items such as toiletries and bottled water to guests and cleaning rooms. They are also a novelty among family travelers. Executives with both larger hotel owners like Host Hotels and smaller counterparts like Southern California-based Seaview Investors both expressed satisfaction on the ALIS panels with their early trials of the robots. "We feel that it pays for itself, more from a guest-satisfaction standpoint than from labor savings," said ALIS panelist moderator and Seaview Investors president Robert Alter. Seaview has used a Relay robot at his company's Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX for the past 18 months. Get the full story at Travel Weekly