TRAVEL: 10 High-Tech Hotels To Visit


Travel is big business and I loooooove a good vacation!  A person has so many hotel options when they travel that hotel’s have to start setting themselves apart. For you techies out there, CNN came up with a list of the 10 highest-tech hotels in America. I was excited to see that a hotel I’ve actually stayed in made the list. theWit in Chicago is amazing. I’ll have to keep the other hotels on the list in mind the next time I make travel plans.  Check them out below:

Hotel 1000, Seattle

Highlights include a silent infrared doorbell with sensors that detect body heat (so housekeeping knows when not to interrupt), smart climate control settings, a digital do-not-disturb button and a 40-inch LCD HDTV that doubles as a digital art gallery, displaying works that you can personally select. Innovative plumbing enables the bathtub to fill from the ceiling, an intelligent mini-bar notifies the front desk when it needs stocking, and a virtual reality Golf Club is swing-ready with more than 50 courses from around the world.

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Guestrooms greet you as you enter — literally addressing you by name — while the lights and TV turn on and curtains open to reveal spectacular views. From a single control panel, you can personalize every aspect of your space, including a “good night” button that cuts the lights, shuts the drapes and activates the do-not-disturb sign.
You can customize the lighting, temperature and tunes to wake you in the morning. Replacing the conventional keycard, RFID (radio frequency identification data) cards sense when you’re near your room and unlock the door as you approach.

Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

Each guestroom features integrated technology that allows music, movies, emails and more to stream wirelessly from your mobile device to an Internet-enabled, 46-inch flatscreen TV. A sort of physical “social network,” the Playroom is a 1,500-square-foot adult space equipped with the latest gaming consoles, as well as old school classics like Atari and Nintendo. An antique red telephone booth is rigged so you can video chat, snap a profile pic or order drinks and food from the bar.

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Upon arrival, in-room check-in includes a tutorial by the bellman on the use of all guestroom gadgetry. As you approach the toilet, its motion-activated lid opens automatically and features a control panel for flushing and other functions, like a seat heater and deodorizer. The bathroom also has heated floors and an in-mirror LED television. Guests book massages or dinner reservations from in-room iPads and there are Bang and Olufsen HD flatscreen TVs, smart lighting with mood settings and a touch-screen phone that lets you control everything from room temperature, lights and media to curtain height.

Yotel New York, New York

White walls backlit in purple create an ultramodern atmosphere as you check in at touch-screen kiosks. Guestrooms (or “cabins”) are decked out with purple mood lighting, near-silent heating and cooling systems, a Techno Wall fitted with a flat-screen LCD TV, and a motorized bed that expands to full size at the push of a button. The hotel’s tech de resistance is the world’s first-ever robotic luggage handler. A 15-foot robotic arm towering in the lobby behind a glass window, the Yobot picks up your luggage and safely stores it in a wall of drawers before or after check-in.

Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte, Colorado

Staying at Scarp Ridge Lodge is like renting an entire boutique hotel for yourself and your 10 best buds. This seven-bedroom luxury ski property comes with a private chef, indoor saltwater pool, game room, cinema … and piped-in oxygen? Yep, at an elevation of 9,000 feet, altitude headaches can be an issue. So all guestrooms are tricked out with on-demand oxygen systems, complete with touch panels that let you create the exact altitude you’d like the rooms to simulate.

Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas

Interactive reader boards with touch-screens fill the lobby and let you check everything from flight info to area attractions, news, weather, meetings and events. Gadgetary highlights in the rooms include all of the usual bells and whistles, plus a 42-inch LCD high-definition television, another TV hidden in the bathroom mirror and motion-sensor LED nightlights underneath the bed.

Epic Hotel, Miami

Outside each guestroom door is an INNtouch notification device. Press the privacy button from inside the room to illuminate the LED do-not-disturb indicator, or let housekeeping know to make up your room with the push of a button. In the 29th-floor Club Lounge, a touch-screen Surface Station map akin to a ginormous smartphone lets you surf the ‘Net, listen to music, watch videos and scout local hotspots.

theWit Hotel, Chicago

Within guest rooms, sensor-activated climate controls detect your location and adjust to your body heat. A VoIP touch-screen phone lets you call housekeeping, valet and more without speaking a word; with staff members all connected to the system via iPhone or iPod Touch, they’re alerted to your needs ASAP.
In common areas, expect to hear birds chirping during the day and crickets at night, powered by the hotel’s digital audio system.

citizenM Times Square, New York

Opening in October 2013, this Times Square hotel is set to follow in the footsteps of its affordable high-tech, high-design European counterparts. You’re greeted by self check-in computers. By the time the machine has programmed your personal RFID keycard, your room is waiting for you to enter. Tech addicts will geek out over the handheld, electronic mood pad that lets you design your entire space. From colored lighting and ambient music to digital art (on your TV), temperature, window blinds and specially designed mood-enhanced wake-up calls (like “wake me gently” or “wake me wildly”), you can direct the room’s whole look and feel, all without having to get out of bed.



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