Technology is meant to be all about making our lives easier, right? The newly-opened Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong seems to have got this figured out just right.
The hi-tech experience starts from the airport transfer in a (good-for-the-environment) hybrid Lexus car, because this car has got WiFi on board, and it’s free for you to use for the whole ride to the hotel, and back. This would sure give us a great first impression, and it sounds like it continues, because the Upper House provides free internet connection (WiFi and wired) throughout all the guest rooms and public areas of the hotel.
Things get even more convenient – for example, check-in can be done by any staff member anywhere in the hotel using their laptop computers, so you don’t have to hang around at a desk. On the day you leave, your final bill along with your credit card settlement is emailed to you, so you’re then free to leave without queuing at a desk either.
And the touch we really like is that the Upper House has thrown at the paper-based hotel directories and replaced them – not with the now-traditional TV menus – but by putting an iPod Touch in every room so we can use it to find all the info we want. If you want to experience some of this technology for yourself, they have an opening two-nights-for-one special going for HK$3,388 ($440), so get in fast. by amandak – HotelChatter
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