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Hotels going that extra digital mile

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Hotels are increasingly using technology to enhance guest experience. Our friends at HotelsCombined have selected seven hotels across the globe which go that extra digital mile.

Check-in at  YOTEL New York Times Square West, above, is via a touch screen and rooms are equipped with techno walls that have built-in LCD HD TV screens and the ability to stream audio, action-sensing air-conditioning and super strength Wi-Fi. But the most innovative piece of kit here is Yobot, an automated luggage storage and retrieval system that dominates the lobby. It can store luggage and even send it to the airport after you check out. From £169 per night based on two adults sharing in July 2017.Blow Up Hall, Poznan, PolandAt Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, a vast digital art installation captures guests on arrival and then projects the image back in a series of stylised surveillance shots. Room keys have been replaced by iPhones that use digital recognition to navigate users to the correct room and unlock the door. From £83 per night based on two adults sharing in July.W Taipei, Taipei City, TaiwanW Taipei in Taipei City has state-of-the-art technology combined with art throughout: some of the suites offer video projectors, while a wall installation containing an interactive grid of OLED lights will change based movement. From £235 per night based on two adults sharing in July 2017.Eccleston Square, LondonRooms at London's Eccleston Square Hotel are equipped with touch-sensitive keypads to control music and lighting, while an in-room iPad doubles as a personal concierge. The most interesting technology is in the bathrooms: shower walls that turn from clear to frosted at the touch of a button and flat screen televisions concealed in the mirrors. From £199 per night based on two adults sharing in July 2017.Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Sardon de DueroThe 12th-century Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine in Sardon de Duero, Spain,  is the first hotel in Europe to offer guests complimentary Google Glass, which forms a virtual screen for checking in, opening room doors or even ordering room service. We're not wholly convinced we will be able to make it work, but we’ll have a go. From £343 per night based on two adults sharing in July 2017.Hotel 1000, Seattle, USThere’s no chance of being bothered by housekeeping when you’re in the shower at Hotel 1000 in Seattle: built-in infrared detectors tell staff when the room is occupied. Hotel 1000 also has a fully converged IP infrastructure that allows guests to choose their own room temperature, artwork and music. From £358 per night based on two adults sharing.The Peninsula, Tokyo, JapanAt The Peninsula in Tokyo you can expect unlimited internet radio with over 3,000 stations, a mood lighting iPad and wireless phones with Skype capability are pretty much par for the course in a Japanese hotel. The kit that intrigues us here is the nail polish dryer and the children’s digitally interactive Pokémon treasure hunt, brought to life by augmented reality. From £573 per night based on two adults sharing in July 2017.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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