MSNBC just ran a nice round-up of 10 tech-savvy hotels that go far beyond — yawn — flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. How about those nail polish dryers in the rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo? Cool. And New York’s Pod Hotel made the cut thanks to its free Wi-Fi and “Pod Blog,” a guests-only message board. Fair enough.
But we’ve come across a few cool hotel gadgets that didn’t make the list. Check ‘em out after the jump.
- Location: Downtown, Washington, D.C.
- Price: $340/night
Hello, room service carts of the future. When, after you’re done eating, you place your cart outside your door , a microchip inside the cart alerts housekeeping to come collect it.
- Location: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
- Price: $685/night
Seasons, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, hands out Kindle electronic readers to guests eating their power breakfasts solo.
- Location: Beverly Hills, California
- Price: $427/night
Check out this business center, packed with sleek black Macbook laptops.
- Location: Back Bay, Boston
- Price: $217/night
Every room has a touch-screen with which guests can order room service, schedule reservations at the James Beard award-winning restaurant, Clio, research kid-friendly attractions and bars, and even schedule turndown service.
- Location: Port Antonio, Jamaica
- Price: $316/night
Aside from the 42″ flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, dimmer switches, and DVD players, all rooms in this uber luxe Jamaican resort feature Apple TVs. Sure, it’s Apple’s least successful gadget of the past decade – but it comes pre-programmed with an impressive mix of reggae (Buju Banton to Peter Tosh) and soul music (Curtis Mayfield to Isaac Hayes), as well as three dozen movies.