Oftentimes, we’re too busy to notice the range of modern gadgetry that today’s hotels have loaded our guestrooms with. For many of us, as long as we can quickly get connected to the internet, we’re happy as clams. Many of the conveniences such as the flat-screen TVs (both in the room and bathroom) and iPod docking stations are standard fare but that hasn’t stopped the never-ending stream of the latest tech guest amenities. Here are five hotels that embrace innovation big time.
LE MÉRIDIEN CYBERPORT HONGKONG
Tech amenities: This hotel was one of the earliest to embrace technology. All rooms at the Le Meridien Cyberport come equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs to enjoy in-room movies and cable channels, internet radio and an iPod docking station. Try out the Cardio Vascular Suite, offering offers iPods for working out with and heart rate monitors to help you optimise your workout in the unit and in the swimming pool.
Notable: iPods at the gym. Everyone needs a little musical boost sometimes when exercising.
THE MIRA HONG KONG
Tech amenities: The technophiles among us will feel right at home here. Each guest room has an electronic dynamo – the 500gb Sony Entertainment Centre which houses a personal computer and internet radio; and there’s also the Bose sound system to enjoy all the entertainment options to its fullest. The hotel also offers free wireless internet to guests, which is always music to a business travellers’ ears
Notable: As if we weren’t already wowed enough, each room also comes with a mobile phone that doubles as a room phone and a local line that you can use while on the go in Hongkong.
NAUMI HOTEL SINGAPORE
Tech amenities: Television buffs will enjoy Naumi’s in-room televisions, ranging from 42 to 50 inches, carrying cable news, sports and entertainment channels. The hotel also offers Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation or Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles for you to indulge in some secret gaming pleasure in your very own space. Also included in the room experience in an iPod dock, wireless CISCO IP telephones and a safe with a power socket to charge your laptop while you’re away.
Notable: Video gaming in your room! Just remember to bring your own memory card to save your progress.
THE PENINSULA TOKYO
Tech amenities: Guest rooms at The Peninsula Tokyo have inbuilt flat screen televisions which mutes when the bath-side telephone rings. Certain rooms within the hotel also get a wireless in-room phone that can be used to make Skype calls, a movie library and wide-screen plasma televisions, and beside panels that can adjust temperature and levels of mood lighting. All guests also enjoy complimentary wireless internet service.
Notable: Nail polish dryers. Who would have thought to include them? You may not need to use them, but it seems like they’ve got all your tech needs covered!
THE RITZ-CARLTON SHANGHAI PUDONG
Tech amenities: Lighting, air-conditioning, curtains, music and alarm clock preferences in The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong’s rooms can all be electronically controlled by touch panels in the room. Entertainment options also abound with a 42-inch LCD television, Blu-ray disc player and an iPod docking station. The bathroom also ups the ante with its lighted makeup mirror and television screen, cleverly hidden behind a mirror surface.
Notable: Bathroom television. Who hasn’t thought of or have actually brought in their laptops to watch a show while taking a nice long bath?