Travel Picks: Top 10 tech hotels

Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:45am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The days when high-tech rooms for hotels meant adding a kettle and alarm clock are long gone, with hotels realizing guests want far more wizardry in their rooms.

Men's website AskMen.com (www.aksmen.com) has come up with a list of the top 10 high-tech hotels. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Helix Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The Helix Hotel is yet to be built but its hi-tech credentials come in the form of heat and energy conservation with state-of-the-art GROW panels, which harness energy from the sun and wind, to be affixed to the outside of the hotel. The temperature and humidity inside the 208-room hotel is set to be managed by a waterfall in the atrium. There will also be a giant glass wall that will periodically slide open, allowing a fresh sea breeze to blow in.

2. Hotel Sax, Chicago

There's the free Wi-Fi, massive wide-screen TVs, and the 6th floor Studio Lounge, free for all guests, where you can relax on big sofas or play Rock Band, Wii games and Guitar Hero. Guests each receive a laptop and Zune MP3 player for use during their stay. The hotel also has tech studios and tech suites.

3. Hotel 1000, Seattle

Besides innovative plumbing like water pouring from the ceiling to fill the bath, Hotel 1000 also boasts a "silent electronic doorbell" system -- housekeeping staff push a button at your door which sets off an infrared scanner inside your room. If it detects any movement, an electronic "do not disturb" sign appears and the housekeeper knows to come back later.

4. The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo   Continued...