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You Need to See These 21 Insane Hi-Tech Hotels

Generally, if you know the difference between a tablet and a desktop, a VCR and VR or how to program your watch to do everything other than make you breakfast, you’re someone who finds life easier with more technology. Lucky for you, these 21 futuristic hotels are perfect for tech-savvy travellers. We’re talking robots, virtual reality rooms and floating beds, but that’s certainly not all.

Loews Hotel 1000 – Seattle, USA

Loews Hotel 1000 – Seattle, USA

The golf simulator at Loews Hotel 1000 turns a lot of heads with more than 50 perfectly modelled courses from around the world. Seattle’s only virtual-reality golf club also hosts a monthly Birdies and Brews happy hour. You’ll find large wall-mounted LCD TVs in the rooms and suites, while the Fitness Center features state-of-the-art machines.

Need a break from the screens? Book a Bath Butler to prepare a bath in your room or unwind with a rejuvenating treatment at The Spa. Oh, and how could we forget to mention that this Downtown hotel is within a 10-minute walk from the Sky View Observatory, Pier 55 and Pike Place Market.

W Singapore Sentosa Cove – Singapore

W Singapore Sentosa Cove – Singapore

Technology aside, there are numerous reasons to stay at W Singapore Sentosa Cove, including its tropical setting and sprawling lagoon-style pools. But if technology is a priority, you won’t be disappointed with the hi-tech workout machines at the FIT gym or the detailed lighting and mood settings at Away Spa.

The various Wow Suites are fit for royalty with their LED HDTVs, including one in the bathroom, so you can watch a movie while chilling in the Jacuzzi. The Extreme Wow Suite even has a DJ spinning booth and a terrace with a plunge pool for when you want to bring the party back to your place.

YOTEL New York – New York, USA

YOTEL New York – New York, USA

YOTEL New York has the world’s first robotic luggage concierge, affectionately known as YOBOT, and it’s an absolute joy to see it work. The self-service kiosks also let you easily check in and check out without any hassles, while FOUR offers a Mission Control area for finding restaurants and things to do.

Hang out and recharge your devices in the co-working space, KOMYUNITI, which also has light bites, breakfast and drinks. Need to work out? You’ll find two premier Peloton bikes in the on-site gym, along with meditation videos in your room. The rooms are actually called “Cabins” and feature adjustable SmartBeds, Smart TVs and adjustable mood lighting for helping jet lag. The King Suites also have SONOS sound systems and Peloton bikes.

Eccleston Square Hotel – England

Eccleston Square Hotel – England

Don’t be fooled by the 19th-century Grade II-listed facade of Eccleston Square Hotel. It’s one of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world, from the in-room smartphones and electronically adjustable beds to the 4K Chromecast that lets you mirror your device to the Samsung Smart TV.

However, one of the most memorable features of this hotel is the flat-screen TV concealed in the mirror in the bathroom where you can watch movies and sport while taking a shower. Need to conduct a meeting? The on-site business lounge has an LED TV and fast Wi-Fi. Don’t forget about recharging and refuelling your own body with the hotel’s sumptuous breakfast spread.

M Social Singapore – Singapore

It’s impossible to forget AURA at M Social Singapore. This friendly robot functions as a butler, delivering room service items straight to your door. She even introduces herself upon arrival. The rooms are also quite tech-savvy, particularly the complimentary Handy smartphones, which can be used all around the city.

If you feel like unwinding after work, you can always swim in the outdoor pool or workout in the gym. Within about 20 minutes, you can walk from the hotel to a range of electronic and gadget shops around the Clarke Quay shopping mall.

W Taipei – Taiwan

W Taipei – Taiwan

Located next to the Taipei City Hall subway station, W Taipei is not only filled with hi-tech features but it also has a rich connection to nature through its raw materials and architecture. All of the rooms come with motorised curtains, LCD flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems and fully-equipped work stations with media hubs.

The Extreme Wow Suite takes it even further with a Bang & Olufsen sound system, projector, a multi-function shower bar and Ciclotte exercise bike. You’ll see this emphasis on contemporary living throughout the hotel, whether it’s the built-in wall fireplace at WET Bar or the state-of-the-art treatment rooms at AWAY Spa.

Marriott City Centre – Charlotte, USA

Marriott City Centre – Charlotte, USA

The cutting-edge technology at Marriott City Centre is highlighted with the tech-enabled workspaces in the lobby and the mobile app-based check-in, which can also turn your phone into your room key. All the beds, chairs and lounges in the rooms are adjustable, while the digital Fitness on Demand room offers over 600 programs, including yoga, HIIT training and VR bike courses.

The rooms and suites also feature modern rain showers and LED TVs with CNN and ESPN. Located in the city centre, the hotel also makes it easy to embrace Charlotte’s tech, science and sport culture at the IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place Science and Spectrum Center.

Kameha Grand Zurich Autograph Collection – Switzerland

Kameha Grand – Switzerland bar

Classic Swiss innovation and luxury is ever-present at Kameha Grand Zurich Autograph Collection, which has suites with treadmills, poker tables, rotating TVs and rain showers. The Business Rooms function as both a room and office with their conference tables, while the well-equipped meeting spaces include projectors and Wi-Fi.

The treatment rooms at Kameha SPA are designed to please all your senses with mood lighting, music and aromatherapy, while the 24-hour Fitness Power House has Technogym workout equipment. Along with all this technology comes a touch of sophistication in the on-site Smoker’s Lounge, which pairs Cuban cigars with leather chairs and a fireplace.

Henn na Hotel – Japan

Henn na Hotel – Japan

The world-famous Henn na Hotel is renowned for its innovation. You might recognise it for its robot dinosaur concierges, but it also employs state-of-the-art sustainability measures, including a cutting-edge Radiant Panel Air Conditioning System and solar panels. The hotel also has a tablet face-recognition system that lets you open your room door with your face.

Speaking of the rooms, they typically include bidet-toilets, high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. You can also borrow humidifiers, electric foot warmers and ICE-NON Cooling Pad Pillows for free. From the hotel, you’re a short drive from the Casa dos Robos science museum and the VR House virtual-reality experiences in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park.

Silken Puerta América – Spain

Silken Puerta América – Spain

Silken Puerta América provides all the essential amenities we’ve come to expect from hotels like complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. It also ads a few more luxuries, such as trouser presses and mini bars. The on-site gym has hi-tech workout equipment, while the six function rooms are ideal for meetings requiring audio-visual devices.

The cutting-edge design of Silken Puerta América extends to its innovative Spanish dishes at the on-site Restaurant La Orza. There are also facilities for those with reduced mobility and a tasteful approach to cocktails and live music at the stylish Cafetería Piano Bar.

citizenM – The Netherlands

Citizen M – The Netherlands

You’ll notice the innovation almost immediately when you enter your room at citizenM in Amsterdam. These beauties feature specially-designed rain showers and the exclusive MoodPad tablet, which lets you control your TV, blackout blinds, air conditioning and coloured lighting. They also have international plugs, complimentary Wi-Fi and movies.

The hotel lobby is designed to reflect a luxe living room complete with iMacs and plush seating. Designed to boost creativity, the meeting room has unique art and a blackboard wall. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail or tap beer from canteenM when you need a break from work.

Prizeotel – Germany

Prizeotel – Germany

There’s a funky twist to the hi-tech focus at Prizeotel in Hamburg. The high-speed Wi-Fi is a given, but you’ll feel drawn to the cosy pod seats and laptop stations in the lounge area. It sits adjacent to a large retro-style dining space where a hearty breakfast is served every morning alongside coffee machines.

The hotel proves that great technology doesn’t always have a screen, such as the floor-to-ceiling rain showers and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. The flat-screen TVs have hi-res screens and Apple TV, while the musicLamp has an integrated stereo jack and speakers.

Hotel Zetta – San Francisco, USA

Hotel Zetta – San Francisco, USA

It’s only natural to find one of the world’s most tech-savvy hotels in an innovative city like San Francisco. The 24-hour gym has state-of-the-art cardio machines, while the in-room VitalBar mini bars offer healthy snacks and drinks to keep you in tip-top shape.

Mix business with pleasure in the eclectic meeting rooms, which have built-in video, white-erase boards and cork-covered walls. There’s even one called the Playroom, which has video games. The hotel’s green initiative means all the rooms have energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors. These cosy abodes also have Smart TVs, Illy coffee machines and, in some, Peloton exercise bikes.

The Peninsula Hotel – Japan

The Peninsula Hotel – Japan

Relax with contemporary comforts and conveniences at The Peninsula Hotel, where its rooms and suites include multi-function bedside electronic control panels, humidity controls, mood lighting, black-out screens and plasma TVs. There are also accessible rooms with accessible bathing controls and adapted phones for physically impaired guests.

The Health Club treats you to top-of-the-range fitness machines and equipment, including treadmills and exercise bikes with personal TVs. The heated beds in The Peninsula Spa are absolutely sublime, while the shaved ice fountains, aromatic steam rooms and lifestyle showers highlight the top tier of wellness technology.

NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding – Spain

NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding – Spain

The ultra-contemporary NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding is ideal for business travellers thanks to its on-site convention centre, which boasts a state-of-the-art Telepresence video communication system, an enormous curved LED screen and 32 hi-tech function rooms. The innovative water circuit at the day spa includes a bubble garden and ice cabin, while the gym has 55 machines.

The rooms and suites are also decked out with excellent high-tech amenities, including the Philips RoomFlex mood lighting system, iPad controlled ambiences and satellite LED TVs. The Castellana 200 shopping mall is about 800 metres from the hotel and has a range of shops selling the latest technology such as smartphones, speakers and cameras.

The Upper House Hong Kong – Hong Kong

The Upper House Hong Kong – Hong Kong

Innovation is never far from hand in Hong Kong, especially at The Upper House Hong Kong, which doesn’t skimp on technology. The rooms and suites all have dual-temperature wine fridges, espresso machines, audio-visual connectivity, surround sound, video on demand and LCD TVs.

You’ll also find high-quality Technogym exercise machines in the fitness centre, while the hotel’s modern architectural concept plays with natural lighting, raw materials and contemporary lines. The hotel is connected to the Pacific Place shopping mall, where you can browse the latest travel technology at drivepro or trendy gadgets and cameras at J SELECT.

NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse – Germany

NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse – Germany

Discover an array of hi-tech facilities at NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse, such as the cardio and weight machines in the gym, the gentle bio sauna and the electric car charging stations. In the rooms and suites you have access to flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and digital safes.

The waffle and pancake cooking display during the buffet breakfast at Friedrich’s showcases culinary innovation that tempts all the senses. Want to get out and see the city? Berlin is known for its creativity, which can be experienced nearby at the Maxim Gorki Theater or Komische Oper Berlin.

Aloft Cupertino – Cupertino, USA

Aloft Cupertino – Cupertino, USA

Surrounded by the headquarters of some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies, Aloft Cupertino doesn’t shy away from its own technological advancements. The LCD TVs in the rooms all have Apple TV, while the ergonomic workstations boast a variety of power outlets.

The on-site W XYZ Bar offers excellent acoustics for its mood music, which pairs perfectly with its local wine and signature cocktails. Work out in style at Re:charge Gym with its variety of high-quality machines and free weights. Just down the road from the hotel you’ll find the Apple Infinite Loop store, while the hi-tech Apple Campus is a short drive away.

J House Greenwich Hotel – Rivers, USA

J House Greenwich Hotel – Rivers, USA

The state-of-the-art technology in the rooms and suites at J House Greenwich Hotel includes LED Mirror TVs, fully automated lights and blinds and LED bed lighting. The bathrooms also have the Toto Neorest, one of the most technologically advanced toilets in the world that is sensor controlled and has a heated seat and air deodoriser.

The innovative MusiCure at The Spa at The J House uses specifically composed “soundscapes” to invoke positive mental stimulation. You also have access to a 24-hour gym with elliptical trainers, free weights and exercise bikes. Don’t forget to refuel with the continental breakfast or some seasonal local fare at Tony’s at the J House.

Blow Up Hall 5050 – Poland

Blow Up Hall 5050 – Poland

Combining contemporary artwork with innovative technology, Blow Up Hall 5050 is quickly becoming a favourite with millennials. You won’t find a front desk or room keys at this hotel, which instead gives you a smartphone that leads you to your room and unlocks the door. There’s also a virtual concierge with information on nearby restaurants, shops and experiences.

In-room tech highlights include soundproof windows, Bang & Olufsen TVs and state-of-the-art sprinkler power showers. The on-site lounge bar is perfect for taking a break while listening to live piano music, sipping cocktails or smoking in the Cigar Lounge.

Novotel München Messe – Germany

Novotel München Messe

Part of the Riem Arcaden shopping mall, Novotel München Messe keeps you well-connected with high-speed Wi-Fi and nine hi-tech meeting rooms. The state-of-the-art fitness centre pairs well with the adjacent golf course and jogging track, while the NOVO2 restaurant boasts a sophisticated, corporate vibe.

The hotel has three unique rooms designed by individual decorators, including a skate-inspired room, a room that focuses on sunlight and one with an emphasis on mountain scenery. All of the rooms, including Standard and Superior options, come with satellite TVs, blackout curtains, soundproofing and business desks.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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