Traveling can be a bit of a challenge if you're not the type of person to separate work and play. We wish we could, but sometimes we find ourselves needing to send a few work emails or write a few articles while away. It's always nice when hotels are accommodating to us workaholics&mdash or maybe you just like playing with new gadgets!
Touchscreen check-in, anyone? Aloft Hotels offer guests the ability to do most anything from these touchscreen kiosks.
Tech-laden hotels are the next big thing, but you have to be willing to put down a few pennies to stay in one, especially if your accomodation is the Ritz-Carlton or Four Season. Here are some of the best hotels in the U.S. with technology at the forefront for your stay:
&bull Epic Hotel: Each room has an LED sign on the door as well as the ability to illuminate a do not disturb or make up room sign with the push of a button. There's also an iPod dock as well as a PC in each room for guest use with printing ability to the front desk. While you're in the lobby you can utilize any of the touch screen computers for maps or to look up local treats.
&bull The Ritz-Carlton, Naples: Besides the usual flat screen tv, charging station and free WiFi, the Ritz has a high-tech lounge called Vue with 40-inch HDTVs for playing games on one of the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation 3 systems with the latest games available. There are also a handful of Mac workstations for browsing the Web and playing games.
&bull TheWit Doubletree: First of all, TheWit uses an IP network throughout the entire hotel that taps into every location to help the hotel staff better manage the building. On top of that, each room has an NEC VoIP phone with an LCD display that shows flight information, valet requests, and any wake-up calls. In the hallways and public areas, there's a slight bustle during the day, and super quiet at night. The TV even has full web browsing capabilities.
&bull Aria Resort and Casino: Each Aria room has a fiber optic connection for 100Mbps Internet access. The RFID card senses when you are near your hotel room and can unlock the door. When you enter the room the lights turn on and the curtains open, when you're ready for bed, you press another button and the lights turn out, curtains close and the do not disturb sign is illuminated.
&bull Four Seasons Hotel - Silicon Valley: The Four Seasons provides 100Mbps wired access in each room over a steady fiber-optic line. Kiosks are available in the lobby to print boarding passes, or you can even print from your room and have the copies delivered right to your door. The hotel also uses a 5.6-inch LCD view finder in each room so you can see who is at the door.
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Have you stayed at a hotel with notable hi-tech amenities?
via Digital Trends