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January 09, 2020

4 hotel innovations that will impress any tech lover

Technology has been evolving to make the lives of consumers easier. The mobile phone launched and eliminated the need to be attached to the wall to have a conversation – then that already-groundbreaking device progressed further and smartphones arrived. We are now at a stage where the world is at our fingertips. Organizing our finances, shopping, photography, and socializing; it can all be done on a smartphone.

We’ve now started seeing the rise of smart homes with the introduction of home automation and voice assistants – it only makes sense now that hotels evolve with the increase in demand for technology; is free wi-fi enough anymore? We take a look at some of the tech available in hotels today.

1. Wireless charging

Simple to implement, newer smartphones have begun introducing wireless charging whereby you simply place your phone on a pad embedded in a table, it then starts charging the device. While most people will pack a charger, adding this to a bedside table will be a nice touch. Some hotels feature these in shared spaces, such as the lounge or bar, where you may not have access to a plug - ideal for when you’re grabbing a pre-dinner drink and wanting to charge your device before heading out.

2. Keyless entry

Streamlining the check-in process, keyless entry allows guests to check-in remotely on their mobile phones, get assigned a hotel room and use their mobile as their door key. This not only eliminates the risk of losing your room key, but it also removes the need for a front-desk check-in. Perfect if you’ve had a busy day of travelling and want to get to bed.

3. Voice assistants

The hospitality service is one dedicated to people, so it may seem strange to be adding voice assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google (News - Alert) Assistant, to hotel rooms. However, the technology is an added service; if you’re wondering how long it would take to get from the hotel to an attraction by walking, you can simply ask it and receive and answer straight away. Just what you need if you’re running late.

4. Streaming services

With more people having portable tech, such as tablets, to watch their favorite films on the go, pay-per-view films in the hotel room are slowly losing their appeal – especially when 46% of homes in the UK have access to one of Amazon, Netflix (11.47 million subscribers alone) or Now TV streaming services (all of which offer free downloads to tablets to watch when offline). Some hotels have already added this extra benefit, making it more convenient for guests not needing to bring unnecessary devices and also offering more entertainment.

From smart mirrors and augmented reality to remote-controlled rooms - what are some of the best tech you’ve seen in hotels? You don’t always need to pay high prices to experience the best tech; some cheap hotels have the latest innovations hiding inside.

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