As the prestigious Lanesborough prepares to reopen its doors, the hotel has revealed that their new rooms will feature tablets provided by Crave. While many hotels allow guests to control their stay from their mobile device, others are making sure you don’t even need to bring your own.
The presence of in-room tablets is rising in London’s hotels, with many establishments providing them for optimum convenience. When they allow you to turn the lights on and off, change the TV channel, order room service and book a taxi all from the same place, what’s not to like?
At The Lanesborough, Crave Interactive’s tablet will provide a range of services for guests, in multiple languages.
They’ll be able to order in-room dining, make bookings at the spa, and read international newspapers. The tablet will also include Crave’s London Guide, with in-depth information about the city, and will include a wireless keyboard and wireless printing. And if that’s not enough, it can also be used to call up the guest’s personal butler to serve their every whim.
Eccleston Square Hotel is another property turning their rooms high-tech with the use of tablets. Their in-room tablets serve as the guest’s personal concierge. You can use it to access hotel services, as well as local information while staying at the hotel.
In fact, Eccleston Square is a big fan of modern technology. They have shower walls that turn frosted at the touch of a button, as well as TVs hidden behind their bathroom mirrors.
You’ll also find in-room tablets on the Sunborn London yacht hotel, at citizenM Bankside, and at other hotels across London. You can use them to do anything from closing the curtains to browsing Facebook.
And it’s not just the luxury and boutique hotels that are driving the tablet craze – the big, value and mid-range chains are having a go too.
Premier Inn’s new ‘hub’ concept, launched at the end of 2014 in Covent Garden, has rooms with touchscreen panels to control the room as well as a dedicated mobile and tablet app. The app can be used to book the room, control the smart TV and more. It’s not quite an in-room tablet but it seems likely that even a budget hotel group will soon introduce the concept.
Photo credits: slgckgc, The Lanesborough, Eccleston Square Hotel.