What does technology hold for the future of hotel rooms? X- Room in the University of Delaware Courtyard Hotel provides a sneak peak. This hotel room looks like an ordinary hotel room but the traditional features are very futuristic. I will break down each of these features into 4 main categories:
Environmentally Friendly Features
The traditional TV in X-Room has been replaced with a Microsoft Media Center. This media center features computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Internet access, Live TV with all the features, full length music albums, and a hard drive that can hold 150 movies. The remote controlled digital picture frame allows guests to display their own pictures in the hotel room to make them feel more at home. The traditional alarm clock has been replaced with “clocky” the walking alarm clock. The guest sets clocky and activates clocky’s wheels. When the alarm goes off, clocky runs around and hides somewhere in the room. The guest has to physically get up and find clocky to shut the alarm off. With about 1 million algorithms clocky has a different place to hide each time.
The X-Room’s digital guest room assistant console features a do not disturb indicator, make up room indicator, climate control, lighting control, guest directory and telephone access. Anyfill universal battery charger can charge your cell phone battery, digital camcorder battery, digital camera battery and much more. The recharge time is less than a traditional charger for an added convenience.
Environmentally Friendly Features
The green technology shower head consumes 70% less water while delivering 70% more water pressure. Like most traditional hotel bathrooms the X-Room features a hair dryer which consumes 40% less energy than a regular hair dryer.
For added security, the X-Room’s peep hole is digital camera with a fish eye lens that enables the guest to see more than the traditional peep hole.
You can now look up and book any hotel LastMinuteTravel.com has to offer on Google Maps! I am going to provide you with a step-by-step tutorial for adding this extremely useful application to your Google Maps.
Step 1: Go to Google.com and click on the Maps link at the top of the page.
Step 2: Click on the My Maps tab.
Step 3: Click on the Browse the Directory button.
Step 4: Enter lastminutetravel into the search box and then click the Search Google Maps Content button.
Step 5: To select the LastMinuteTravel Hotels Google Mapplet, click the Add it to Maps button.
Step 6: You will now be prompted to sign into your Google account. If you do not have a Google account you can also create one at this time.
Remember to send it to your friends Enjoy!
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Guangzhou, located in Southern China, is also considered a pearl on the Zhu Jiang River (Pearl River). The southern location determined its warm weather even during winter season. (For such weather, lots of the lower category hotels in Guangzhou do not provide heat even in winter, which is hardly bearable for a cold weather early 2008.) The Guangzhou Phoenix City Hotel is only deluxe hotel by now in the “Economic Development Zone” in Guangzhou - a term you will see in most China cities, and almost everyone of them is located in suburbs since it’s designed for plants/factories.
The Guangzhou Phoenix City Hotel is located within a huge community – Phoenix City, and most of the small gardens are residential areas, from apartment homes to luxury villas. This makes it a small city by itself – it even has shuttle busses operating inside the community. The hotel is truly a quiet place where you can really relax in this huge city.
Far away location does not mean inconvenience, guest stay in the Guangzhou Phoenix City Hotel can also share the convenience the local resident has a super market, various cuisines from a Japanese selection to a European selection, the local Cantonese Cuisine and fast food like MacDonald’s. Traffic to Guangzhou city is also simple, besides the community bus, hotels provide pick up services; taxis are also easy to hire. (Remember if any disputes with a taxi driver arise, hotel guests can complain directly to the hotel front desk.)
Here goes the story about the lovely little ducks at the Peabody Hotel Orlando, FL. And let me tell you, if I wasn’t there for myself, I would not have believed it…I just came back from a week long tour of Orlando and New York City, along with a group of travel agency managers, who received this trip as a reward for their outstanding achievements in 2007. Our trip included a 5 night stay at the 5 Star Peabody Hotel, located on I-Drive in sunny Orlando, FL.
During this busy week we managed to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Sea World (can’t get enough of Shamu!), caused both Orlando outlet malls to restock their stores, participated in 2 dinner shows - The Pirate Dinner Adventure and Medieval Times, took a tour of 6 different hotels located in town, drove the transportation company crazy with our endless list of changes, and much more (too tired to remember at this point…). But the highlight of our stay in Peabody Hotel Orlando was without a doubt the march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. For those of you who don’t know, the symbol of the Peabody Hotels (there’s one in Memphis, TN and another one in Little Rock, AR) are the ducks. And the story behind it? Well, that’s for another blog…
When we arrived at the Peabody Hotel we saw ducks in the small pond located in the hotel lobby. We thought it was weird but were too tired to think about it. After all, the door of the Delta airplane did not open for more than 10 minutes after landing in Orlando Int’l airport… I guess we were lacking oxygen for the next 24 hours… so we weren’t paying much attention to the ducks. However, the next day, upon return to the hotel in the early afternoon, we saw a red carpet in one of the many Peabody Hotel elevators and a sign saying that this elevator is reserved for the ducks. Hmmm… Still unsure of what was going on or if we were on candid camera, we went upstairs to change our clothes for our next event. When we came back downstairs, we happened to take that same elevator. And guess what? there were little foot steps of ducks on that very same red carpet… wet foot steps… as if they left the pond and went upstairs to their room for an early afternoon nap. What can I say? I know were still under the lack-of-oxygen syndrome but still - I wish I had a camera to seize the moment. I do remember laughing out loud. Very loud. So, if you ever happen to stop by the Peabody Hotel Orlando, make sure to ask when the march of the ducks takes place. It’s another Orlando sight you sure don’t want to miss!