Hi-tech rooms in demand with business travellers

HRS is the latest business to find out that corporate travellers quite like to have a hi-tech room to stay in when on the road.

The business – which has been around for 40 years but relaunched as  a “hotel solutions provider” earlier this year – asked more than 4000 visitors to its website a number of questions about their tech tastes while travelling.

The key takeaway is that most business travellers like the idea of a hi-tech room. Overall, nearly half the sample (44%) said they would like to have some sort of tablet device in their room, while a quarter (23%) wanted a laptop.

Brits in particular seem quite taken with the idea of using technology as a super-charged remote control, with 42% saying they would rather operate their hotel room’s lighting, air conditioning and television via a display instead of using a separate remote control or switch.

HRS has highlighted some of the hotels on its books which it says are giving its road warriors a cutting edge tech experience.

Citizen M Amsterdam

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Guests are given “mood pads”, a device which allows them to personalize ( or “adjust”) the room lighting, room temperature, television and curtains.

Eccleston Square Hotel Londoneccleston
Interesting, because it offers a hi-tech experience in a Grade-2 listed structure. Guests receive a personal iPad as a digital concierge and can navigate almost everything in their room via a touchpad.

New Yorker Yotel

yotel new york
At the New Yorker Yotel, a robot helps with your luggage; after the key delivery via a check-in terminal, the so-called Yobot safely stows away personal belongings in lock boxes.

NB: The copyright for images of the hotels mentioned in the text belongs to the named hotels. The main picture is from Accor.

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About the Writer :: Martin Cowen

Martin Cowen is contributing editor for tnooz and is based in the UK. Besides reporting and editing, he also oversees our sponsored content initiative and works directly with clients to produce articles and reports. For the past several years he has worked as a freelance writer, specialising in B2B distribution and technology. Before freelancing, from 2000-2008, he was launch editor for e-tid.com, the first online-only B2B daily news service for the UK travel sector.



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  1. Brian David Mattson

    Interesting article, I work in National Parks and even though we have WiFi ad cell towers there really isn’t that much technology and we get a lot of people from all over the world, especially China in recent years.


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