hotels

Behold, A Real Hotel Staffed By Talking Androids And Robotic Dinosaurs

There is now a hotel in the world with a dinosaur concierge. He’s also a robot. He also speaks English. He wears a cute li’l bowtie. And his coworkers are a bunch of other robots. Welcome to Henn na Hotel, aka, “Weird Hotel”.


The High Tech Hotel Of 1921 Had An Alarm Clock In Every Room

Today, hotels offer high-tech amenities that just a generation ago would be astounding — RFID key cards, customisable ambiance at the push of a button, and coming soon, humanoid robot concierges. So what started the high-tech hotel craze? It can all be traced back to the 1920s, when Americans started to demand a decidedly techno-centric flair in their hotels.


FCC Finally Lays Down The Law: Hotels Can't Block Wi-Fi 

The FCC released a blunt warning to hotels today: Stop blocking guests’ personal Wi-Fi connections.


The Eerie Ruins Of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they’re not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left behind.


Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting A Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don’t live there, there aren’t really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighbourhood. Tourists don’t want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs. Williamsburg has a hotel problem, and YOTEL wants to solve it.


This Tiny Hotel Pod Sits On The Roof Of A 60-Year-Old Historic Building

The idea of super-dense cities building new structures on top of old buildings has been kicking around sci-fi novels and architecture circles for decades, but the idea still isn’t ubiquitous. In Austria, the owner of a 1950s-era building is giving it a shot.


Watch That Wi-Fi: Hackers Use Hotel Internet To Steal Nuclear Secrets

Security researchers recently identified an elite team of possibly state-sponsored hackers that infiltrate hotel Wi-Fi networks to gain access to the computers of high-level executives and leaders, probably to steal nuclear secrets. They’re calling this band of cyber-spies DarkHotel.


Starwood Hotels Is Making Room Keys Obsolete Worldwide

On the heels of similar – but yet unrealized – plans from Hilton, Starwood is introducing a new app-powered, keyless entry program. In other words, your smartphone is now your key.


This Transforming Pod Is A Bed, Bath, Shower And Tiny Garden

When we think of small living expertise, we think of NASA, submarine engineers or tiny house enthusiasts. Hotel designers don’t come to mind, but they ought to: Like these two Dutch architects managed to wedge nearly everything you’d need to live comfortably into a wood mechanism the size of a walk-in closet.


A Simple Plastic Adaptor That Fixes Stupid Hotel Hangers

Somewhere near the top of the list of travel annoyances are those proprietary hotel hangers with detachable hooks designed to stop guests from stealing them. They make it impossible to hang your clothes anywhere but in the designated closet, but you can finally fight back with a simple plastic adaptor called the ConvertAHanger that lets you use hotel hangers wherever you want.