In the past, people expected little more than a bed and a shower when it came to staying in hotels. In the hi-tech world of today, however, people are expecting more and more from hotels. To ensure that they don’t fall behind their competitors, many hotels are taking action to make sure their amenities will continue to attract clients from all over the world.
While more often than not the very least you can expect from a hotel is internet access – be it wired or Wi-Fi – and a hi-tech flat-screen TV, these days many hotels are going one step further and providing features that you wouldn’t expect to find. Remote-control curtains and eye-scan security are just two examples found in some hotels today.
Below are five examples of hotels whose advances in technology make them stand out from the rest:
Aria Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, USA
Owned by MGM and the Dubai World Investment Company, the Aria Resort and Casino is certain one of the stand-out hotels in Las Vegas. Located on the famous Las Vegas Strip, is a particularly lauded venue not just for its use of technology but because it is geared towards reducing its environmental impact.
Construction of the building was finished in late 2006 and the results were impressive to say the least. At 600ft tall and with a surface area of 4-million square feet, the building is large enough to accommodate some 4,000 rooms, 10 bars, 16 restaurants and three pools – there is even space left over for a theatre and a casino.
Each room has automatic curtains and a system that turns off the lights and air-conditioning when the guests are out. There is also a control system for the windows and roof tops, which ensures the solar-heat system is optimised. The 42-inch TVs are touch-screen and each room has an impressive 100 Mbps internet connection. There is no need for room keys either – the doors are opened automatically as the guests approach them.
Standard prices start at around £250 for a double room and £400 for a room for four, although rooms are generally offered for much less out of season.
Hi Hotel Nice – Nice, France
Always a popular holiday destination, Nice also has one of the most advanced hotels in the world with the splendid Hi Hotel. In addition to being just 60 feet from the beach, this hotel is particularly popular due to its special themed rooms. Choose one of the Digital or Techno rooms for the best on offer.
Here you will find features such as huge, folding TV screens, couches that have integrated speakers and even furniture made from computer screens. Prices start as low as £100 per person a night up to £270 for a luxury double with a terrace.
Upper House – Hong Kong
Here you will find everything from massive TVs to free iPods and from Wi-Fi connected Lexus hybrid cars to rooms fitted with motion detectors that can tell whether you are in or not. Check-in is done through a hand-held wireless terminal and other amazing state-of-the-art technology can be found throughout the entire hotel.
Built from the designs of the much-celebrated architect Andre Fu, the Upper House was opened in October 2009 and has 117 rooms, which start from around £330 per night, going up to around £750 for an impressive penthouse suite.
Langham Place Hotel – Hong Kong
Staying in Hong Kong, the Upper House has stiff competition from the Langham Place Hotel to take the honours for being the most technologically advanced hotel in Asia. In fact, in 2005 Langham Place won a prestigious award due to its effective use of such technology.
All the usual huge TV screens, DVDs and surround-sound speaker systems are here, plus a few extras such as voice and data transmission which is cleverly synchronized with both the rooms and the elevators. The hotel was the first in the world to include an IP phone in every room and now has the SMS (short message system) that allows guests to easily communicate to just about anyone in the world. Prices start from a mere £140 per night and go up to £650 per night for a penthouse.
Four Seasons – Silicon Valley, USA
Finally, for the last of our hi-tech hotels we have to go back to the US and to what is generally regarded as the technology capital of the world – Silicon Valley. Here you will find the impressive Four Seasons Hotel, which is located in Palo Alto close to Stanford University.
The hotel includes 200 rooms – including 27 suites – all of which include large flat-screen TVs, 100Mbps internet connections and a special door monitor that lets guests see exactly who is at the door. Guests can even get all their printing done here and have it delivered by room service.
Outside of the rooms, the hotel features an impressive modern gym, a huge pool on the roof, a spa and massage centre and even a translation and interpretation service. Prices start from £250 per night for a superior room with king-size bed and go up to £500 for the best suites.
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