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
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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