World’s Most Tech-Savvy Boutique Hotels!

Some travelers want to go back to pre-crackberry times when they’re on vacation. There’s even a new hotel that asks guests to surrender all gadgets in Pennsylvania. Often times, vacationers want to soak up the sun, listen to the waves and gorge themselves on lobster tails and champagne-without checking-in on Foursquare or snapping photos on Foodspotting. But then there are those always plugged-in travelers, toting the latest gadgetry, seeking hotels that are ahead of the curve, technologically speaking.

Complimentary WiFi? You better do better than that. Digital check-ins, fully loaded bedside iPads, and flatscreen TVs in the bathroom? We’re getting there. How about touch-screen atmosphere controls, geothermal power plants and iMacs and iPhones for everyone?!

For this list we teamed up with boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith, a trusted travel publisher and boutique hotel booking service whose iPhone app we recently reviewed and Jetsetter, Gilt’s exclusive site for travel sales.

Some of the most tech savvy hotels in the world can be found in Hong Kong. The Upper House, dreamed up by designer Andre Fu, has a desk-free check-in with the aid of a tablet PC, which gives you a hint of things to come. All guests at this virtually paperless hotel are supplied with an iPod Touch touch preloaded with games, music and everything you need to know about the hotel and its environs. As you’d expect, there’s free and unlimited broadband access; even the hotel’s cars (Lexus RX450H hybrid models) are equipped with Wi-Fi. Video-on-demand provides an extensive choice of movies for watching on the massive 42″ LCD TVs. There’s a smaller one in the bathroom too, so you can relax in the tub while watching John Woo’s spectacular Hard Boiled. Double rooms from $514.


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