Hologram Teleconferencing and Other Insane Hotel Technology
As event planners, we’ve seen our fair share of hotels. For large conferences to employee appreciation parties and everything in between, hotels frequently end up on our venue shortlist. But hotels are starting to catch up with the high-tech times. Some of these, you just have to see to believe. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of a few of the properties making us say, “wow.”
Singapore The W
The W’s pool may look gorgeous, but under that gorgeous facade is a geeky brain. The hotel installed underwater speakers that broadcast music to submerged swimmers.
New York, NY The Yotel
Storing luggage at New York City’s Yotel requires making a friend. With a robot. When you’re ready for that pair of running shoes, a pin code unlocks the bag and sends it your way.
Cupertino, CA Aloft
Tech standards are high in Cupertino, the home of Apple. Aloft rose to the occasion with robotic butlers that complete an array of activities, including handing out towels by the pool.
Shenzhen, China Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel
The beds at this hotel, in the heart of China’s innovation center, are more akin to rooms on a spaceship. When you’re not tucked away in your capsule, you’ll be interacting with robotic housekeepers and doormen.
Poland Blow Up Hall 5050
Welcome to the Blow Up Hall 5050. You won’t need to check in here. Instead, just take the iPhone provided to you to unlock your door. No wonder the entire hotel has been called a digital art installation.
The Peninsula Hotel Group
Staying at the Peninsula puts you in charge of mission control. Of your room, that is. Their command center controls everything from your television to the temperature and even the opening of your drapes.
Palo Alto, CA The Four Seasons
Leave it to SIlicon Valley to disrupt the hotel wine business. The Four Seasons in Palo Alto has installed machines that offer in-room wine by the glass.
Berlin, Germany NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse
Berlin’s NH Collection hotel has officially made it to the future. Business travelers can use its hologram technology to teleconference with colleagues. Mic, dropped.