There was a time in the not-too-distant past when staying in a hi-tech hotel meant being impressed by a small kettle and a Corby trouser press.
Oh, how times have changed. As people deck out their homes with the latest tech wizardry, hotels are cottoning on to the fact that guests desire a similar setup when they come to stay.
A great view is always a plus, as is an acclaimed restaurant, but now hi-tech hedonism is playing an ever greater role in pulling in the discerning traveler. Today we have gathered Five Superb Tech Hotels which highly sophisticated with the modern gadgets.
Blow Up Hall, Poznan, Poland
Blow Up Hall is a snazzy establishment described as an electronic art hotel; the design of the hotel is based around an intriguing video installation. The moment you step inside, you’re a performer in the video being played in the lobby comprising 2,400 tiny images gathered from as many cameras inside the hotel. No keys or door numbers here, just iPhones. Every guest is supplied with an Apple phone which, through recognition tech, you use to gain access to your room. You can also use it to call your concierge, surf the net and view preloaded local tourist info.
Hotel 1000, Seattle
Besides innovative plumbing like water pouring from the ceiling to fill the bath, Hotel 1000 also boasts of a “silent electronic doorbell” system — housekeeping staff push a button at your door which sets off an infrared scanner inside your room. If it detects any movement, an electronic “do not disturb” sign appears and the housekeeper knows to come back later.
Mama Shelter, Paris
Once a parking garage and now a Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel, Mama Shelter has a 24-inch iMac in each one of its 172 rooms. The iMac acts as your entertainment center, and there’s free Wi-Fi available too. Something else the rooms at Mama Shelter have that you won’t find in most other hotels is a microwave oven.
The Upper House, Hong Kong
All guests at this virtually paperless hotel are supplied with an iPod touch preloaded with games, music and everything you need to know about the hotel and its environs. There’s free and unlimited broadband access with even the hotel’s cars (Lexus RX450H hybrid models) equipped with Wi-Fi.
Hotel Sax, Chicago
There’s the free Wi-Fi, massive wide-screen TVs, and the 6th floor Studio Lounge, free for all guests, where you can relax on big sofas or play Rock Band, Wii games and Guitar Hero. All guests receive a laptop and Zune MP3 player for use during their stay. The hotel also has tech studios and tech suites.