Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Top 7 High Tech Hotels

HotelsCombined takes a look at the ways in which the hotel industry is embracing technology. Dmitrijus Konovalovas, Country Manager, UK and Ireland HotelsCombined said: “Hotels use technology to enhance the guest experience.”

Here are their top 7 choices for technology savvy travellers.

Yotel, New York
Arriving in a Starship Enterprise-like lobby just three blocks from Times Square, guests use the touch screen check-in machines and are swiftly greeted by ‘Yobot’ - the hyper-energetic bellman who manages luggage delivery. Innovative Yobot can even store your luggage before leaving for your flight or even send it off to the airport after you check out. Guests rooms come equipped with techno walls that have built in LCD HD TV screens and the ability to stream audio, action-sensing air-conditioning, sound-proofed rooms and super strength Wi-Fi.

Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan
Technology and art combine at the Blow Up Hall 5050, where an enormous digital art installation captures guests entering this hotel and then projects the image back in a series of stylised surveillance shots. Instead of room keys guests are handed iPhones upon check-in that use digital recognition to navigate users to the correct room and unlock the door.

W Taipei, Taipei

W Taipei is located in the hub of cosmopolitan life in the vibrant Xinyi district. It boasts state-of-the-art technology throughout and, like Blow Up Hall 5050, an alluring marriage of technology and art. While some of the suites offer video projectors for the use of guests, a wall installation containing an interactive grid of OLED lights will change based on guests movements.

Eccleston Square, London
While the exterior of Eccleston Square emanates history, technology is at the heart of this hotel and is reflected in the extensive list of techno-amenities. Rooms are equipped with touch sensitive keypads to control music and lighting, an in-room iPad which doubles as your personal concierge, shower walls that turn from clear to frosted at the touch of a button and flat screen televisions concealed within bathroom mirrors.

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain
This 12th century abbey hotel is the first hotel in Europe to offer Google Glass – free – to guests. The spectacles frame forms a virtual screen on which you can access the internet, or in this case, check in, open your hotel room or even order room service with a flick of the eye.

Hotel 1000, Seattle

Ever been ‘caught out’ by harried housekeepers? That won’t happen at Hotel 1000. Built-in infrared detectors alert staff as to when a room is occupied. Hotel 1000 also has a fully converged IP infrastructure that allows guests to choose their own room temperature, artwork and music.

The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo
Perhaps unsurprisingly, gadgets abound in the Japanese entry. At The Peninsula, guests can enjoy a nail polish dryer, unlimited internet radio with over 3,000 stations, a mood lighting pad and wireless phones with Skype capability. Children may take part in a digitally-interactive Pokemon treasure hunt, brought to life by augmented reality.

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