While the modern traveller is no longer content with business hotels that are still stuck on charging for WiFi, these ultra savvy hotels are serving up tech like it’s there’s no tomorrow.
Blow Up Hall 5050, Poland
If you’re unfamiliar with this avant-garde hotel, Blow Up Hall 5050 might be a tad confusing; there are no front desks, and the rooms have no numbers. Instead, you’ll receive an iPhone that enables you to find your room and obtain access to one of the 22 rooms available in this boutique hotel. Here, the iPhone provided to you serves as the virtual concierge – perfect for those who value their privacy.
- QT Sydney, Australia
This stylish boutique hotel in Sydney shot to fame with its quirky interactive music elevators that changes music according to how many people there are, starting from a sentimental All By Myself if you’re alone, to Just the Two of Us if you’re with a partner that quickly progresses into fast-paced dance music when there’s a larger group. Upon exiting, an unmistakable ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ sends you on your way.
- Yotel, New York
Now if this ain’t impressive, we don’t know what is! Yotel is home to the world’s most radical approach to storing left luggage – a robot concierge! Affectionately called the Yobot, you simply place your belongings in of the 150 available bins, enter a PIN number and last name et voilà! Yobot stores your bags safely and prints out a receipt for you to recover your belongings, hassle free.
- Eccleston Square Hotel
One of London’s most technologically advanced hotels, this adults-only lodging is an elegant fusion of old meets new. Your room becomes an ‘urban cocoon’ and with delightful extras such as the glass in the shower that can turn from transparent to frosted at the flip of a switch to the heated bathroom and hallway floors which is essential for chilly London, you’ll also get to play with the built-in massage system in your incredibly luxurious Hästens bed.
- Andaz Hotel, Shanghai
The Andaz really is your home away from home. Forget the complimentary mini-bar service and 24-hour coffee supply at the front desk, you’ll be checked-in by iPad and your room will also be more of the same. Each room is equipped and controlled by a DigiValet iPad which controls the TV, curtains and mood LED lightings both in the room and the funky bathroom – watch as the sink and bath tub change colours! It also handles all your room service requests without having to pick up the phone and also lets you surf the internet should you forget to bring your own tablet along.