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These days, an average traveler can look forward to more than a comfortable budget room with a minibar. Even budget hotel rooms have a television and most hotels today now have Wi-Fi access. In some places, the budget-busting resort fees are now being waived. Moreover, it’s become easier than ever before to book a hotel room online.
Beyond even these new basics, numerous new technologies and concepts promise to be a staple in the hotels of tomorrow (and have become a trademark innovation in some hotels today).
Some hotels have taken a significantly different approach with their room systems. Room access is now based on phone numbers, complementing or outright replacing the previously standard key cards used in many hotels today. These digital key cards take the form of a downloadable phone app and allow guests to skip much of the checking in process and go straight to their rooms.
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The rise of freelancing and telecommuting means that many members of today’s workforce carry much of their work with them. These workers—ranging from freelancers to bare-bones startup entrepreneurs— typically briefly settle in cafes and other leisurely areas where they can do their jobs in a relaxed atmosphere.
A few hotels in hotspots of startup activity have begun offering spaces for these so-called digital nomads, offering not only Wi-Fi access but comfortable desk areas in which to work in. Hotels in Europe have provided not only nonconventional office spaces for these itinerant telecommuters but also adapted hotel rooms to become more inviting places to work.
Patrick Imbardelli, the managing director of Sydney-based Imbardelli Holdings, is a business leader with over 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, having been instrumental in the successes of companies as the InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton International, and Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Visit this blog for more updates on the hotel industry