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?
In November 2010, five partners met while at the Hotel Amour in Paris and launched www.dayuse-hotels.com. The site allows you to rent, for only a few hours at a time, a room in Paris (and other major cities), in selected luxurious boutique hotels chosen for their design, location and quality of their service. The rooms rate is discounted by 30 to 70 percent off their normal price.
The ‘Canopy’ is a concept that would attach to the roof of a train carriage to give riders a view of the outside world they’re passing. It could display passing landmarks as well as weather information.