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Luxury hotels at the cutting edge of technology

Luxury hotels have had a history of being innovative when it comes to technology, and that tradition continues to this day. In Thailand the Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 is using touchscreen technology from Fingi that is loaded on to Samsung Galaxy smartphones so that guests can control everything from in-room mood lighting to setting up their own WiFi hotspots when out on the move.
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You can learn more about this from BBC Click. Are you in favour of this kind of technology in luxury hotels or would you like to see a more personal touch? If in favour, what other developments have you seen or would you like to see within the luxury travel industry?

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. This looks like more new stuff to learn and carry around. My sister and I have had (more than once) to have someone come to our room to show us how to set an alarm clock so I don’t think we’d do well with this stuff! It’s differentiating from a marketing perspective but is it differentiation people will pay more for? I like a light switch, a shower that I didn’t have to get an engineering degree from MIT to operate, and free wi-fi. Oh, and George Clooney in my bed. I would definitely pay extra for that! With my luck I wouldn’t be able to find the “on” button.

  2. Although it is an interesting feature, I don’t think it is the safest one. They give the multipurpose Samsung, but, what happens if you forget to delete your data? What if you lose the phone? What if you get pick-pocketed? There are too many security gaps for it to succeed. In Barcelona, some hotels are using the guest’s fingerprints as key room. There has been too many break-ins in luxury hotel rooms. But the phone system, its still too risky.

  3. Plain and simple, that’s awesome. This article is almost 3 years old and I’ve never seen anything like it. (of course people are doing this with their homes now, but never at a hotel)With people so attached to phones now I think the average person would use it and love it even the ladies that left comments above.

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