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?
Amsterdam has 350 hotels. Trendwatcher Vincent van Dijk’s goal for 2010 is to sleep in each one within one year. Everyday he sleeps in a different hotel and writes about it on his blog.
“Casetagram” is a phone application that lets you create a personalised iPhone case with photos you shot with Instagram.