The World's Top Hi-Tech Hotels
Gone are the days when all guests wanted from their hotel was tea and coffee making facilities and a telly. With 60% of guests stating preferences for emerging technologies* during their stay, the hotel industry is finding innovative ways to impress. And it’s not only the large hotel chains that are using technology in interesting ways – some individual and boutique properties are carving out a unique tech-focused experience for guests, too. Check out our top seven hi-tech hotels for travellers who have no intention of digital detoxing...
Yotel, New York, USA
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. Guest 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.
Prices start from £229 per night based on two adults sharing. Yotel
Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan, Poland
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.
Prices start from £104 per night based on two adults sharing. Blow Up Hall 5050
W Tapei, Taipei, Taiwan
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.
Prices start from £232 per night based on two adults sharing. W Taipei
Ecclestone Square, London, UK
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.
Prices start from £205 per night based on two adults sharing. Eccleston Square
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Retuerta, Spain
This 12th-century abbey hotel is the first hotel in Europe to offer Google Glass – free – to guests. The spectacles frame 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.
Prices start from £367 per night based on two adults sharing. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine
The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
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.
Prices start from £537 per night based on two adults sharing. The Peninsula Hotel
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