Travel & Tourism (148)
Your virtual concierge
Hotel32 is a new boutique hotel in Monte Carlo. Each guest is provided with a red, branded Apple iPod Touch to use during their stay. Guests can access a website that puts all the hotel’s service at their fingertips – including the ability to request show tickets, a spa treatment, room service, or dinner reservations. Tell your iPod touch what sort of pillows you prefer and what you’d like in your minibar and hotel staff will make it so.
Why it matters
Travellers can book and plan their travel experience through their mobile phone, but now this has extended to every possible eventuality during their stay. Is this just another example of how technology is putting travel firmly in the hands of the consumer?
The One by Five hotel in Paris is unique in its design. The whole hotel is meant to make guests feel like in a dream world. Every wall and floor is covered with photo-canvas full of stars and clouds, while beds, mirrors and lights give the impressions that they are floating. The overall design gives guests the feeling of an endless and surreal space.
A number of airports in Germany employ diligent air-pollution inspectors of a different kind; Bees. Their honey is being used as a reliable indicator for environmental pollution and if it turns out that the honey is edible, the 'Airport Honey' is even sold.