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?
When you get back from a holiday you can often feel more tired than before you left.
For this reason “smart holidays” suggest a new way of relaxing on holiday: a mixture between body and soul care and fun. Days are composed of stimulating activities like yoga, dance, Thai massage, diving and seminars to overcome stress. They offer an opportunity to get to know your own self in depth and the world that surrounds us.
In Amsterdam, the Hans Brinker is known as a local and cheap youth hostel for American backpackers. It does not promise its clients anything besides a bed.