We use technology in all walks of life these days, from turning on our home heating system before we leave the office to renting movies or shopping online. So it’s understandable that we expect a lot from the technology at the hotels we stay in. Here then are some of London’s most technologically advanced hotels, catering for the most discerning of gadget geeks…
Eccleston Square Hotel
It may sit behind a historical Georgian façade but Eccleston Square Hotel has one of the most modern interiors in the capital.
Every room features cutting-edge technology, so much so that ‘technology’ is listed as one of Eccleston’s core values, along with wellbeing and value.
There are touch-screen key pads to control everything from music to lighting, iPads acting as digital concierges to let guests order room service or book beauty treatments, and smart-glass shower walls which turn from clear to frosted, depending on how much privacy you would like. Even the beds are electronically adjustable and have massage features.
Hub by Premier Inn
They may be small, but rooms at Hub by Premier Inn in Covent Garden are positively swimming in gadgets and gizmos.
You can book your hotel stay through a dedicated app and then use the same app to control the gadgetry in your room. The app enables you to change the channels on the in-room Smart TV, adjust your room temperature and dim the lights. But perhaps the best part is the local area guide which comes to life when you point your phone or tablet at the wall map in the room, allowing you to plan what you want to do during your stay, along with how to get there.
The Montcalm London Marble Arch has always been at the cutting edge of technology, so it was no surprise when the venue became the first hotel in the capital to use Google Glass.
The initiative was designed to help staff better engage with guests while advising them on local restaurants and attractions.
The Montcalm also offers complimentary iPads, state-of-the-art docking stations, electronic Do Not Disturb indicators and in-room aroma machines with guests able to choose between lavender, fresh grass, smells of the seaside or a romantic combination of rose and sandalwood.
It may be one of London’s most old-school hotels when it comes to classic décor and traditional service, but it is also one of the capital’s most switched on as will be revealed when it reopens shortly after a major refurbishment.
In your bedside drawer, you’ll find a control panel to dim the lights, change the temperature on your air conditioning system and call your butler. Flatscreen TVs are hidden away so as not to ruin the ambience of the room, but can be revealed at the touch of a button if you want to watch a movie.
You’ll also find a laptop and printer in your room in case you need to work or want to keep in touch with family and friends. With its reopening as part of the Oetker Collection later in spring this year, the hotel looks like it will be more technologically advanced than ever before.
citizenM London Bankside
It’s impossible to miss that citizenM is all about embracing modern technology from the moment you enter reception. This is because there is no reception!
Instead, you check yourself in at the kiosks and create your own room key.
Rooms are simple, clean and contemporary. There’s free Wi-Fi, free in-room movies and you can call anywhere in London for free with VoIP rates. Handily, there’s a global plug system. So, if you’ve arrived in the capital from abroad, you don’t need to worry about having the right adaptor for your gadgets.
More and more of the capital’s hotels are investing in leading technology in a bid to meet the expectations of gadget-obsessed guests.
Photo credits: Eccleston Square Hotel, Hub by Premier Inn, The Montcalm, The Lanesborough, citizenM London Bankside.