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Digital peepholes? In-room computers? Hotels on the cutting edge

October 03, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • The pool area at the Four Seasons, Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., where peepholes in doors are a thing of the past, and printers are included in every room.
The pool area at the Four Seasons, Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif.,… (Four Seasons, Silicon Valley )

With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve.

Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too.

Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms. But not everyone may feel comfortable at this hotel: "The place is half interactive art project, half high-design boutique hotel -- guests in its stylish public spaces are monitored on video, and their images are incorporated into a real-time video installation," according to TabletHotels.com. Good to know.

Forget your laptop: Leave your computer home if you stay at the Nymphe Strandhotel & Apartments in Binz, Germany.  Every room comes with a Mac -- along with Wi-Fi, TV, DVD, and an iPod docking station -- in what's described as an Apple Multimedia Lifestyle hotel.

Check out Hotel.info's entire list of Hi-Tech Hotels Worldwide.

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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