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?
Swedish engineers have managed to harness the heat of commuters and use it to generate power. The most impressive part is that the energy generated is then used down the street.
Germany‘s first Performance Hotel can now be found in Stuttgart. It works like this: guests either pay or perform (almost anything) to stay. The hotel, initiated as an art-project by Byung Chul Kim, aims at bringing the neighbourhood together with art and their guests.