The most high-tech hotels in the world 

Travel through space and time on your next vacation, touching down in a foreign land to find accommodations fixed up with high-tech gadgetry like something out of Blade Runner. If the pandemic has you fearful of your concierge, rest easily knowing that everything can now be made contactless, starting with robot receptionists to check you in. Whether it’s robots to bring your eggs in the morning or room keys to recognise your face, the future is very much upon us, at least at the 12 high tech hotels listed below,

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Photo: Kameha Grand Zurich

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A high-end themed hotel, Kameha has all sorts of suites, from the gentleman’s suite to the workout suite, but it’s the space suite that wins us over with its floating bed, rocketship furnishings and galaxy artwork

1. Eccleston Square Hotel, London, England

Selling sleek sophistication in the heart of Central London, the family-run Eccleston Square Hotel also keeps up to date with all things tech. This historic hotel’s Grade II-listed façade overlooks a residential garden square in Westminster, but step inside for further good impressions, where personalised service melds with intuitive technologies controlling the music, lighting, and even shower walls. If you feel the urge, watch TV from the bathroom mirror and order room service from the in-suite iPad, taking a loaner smartphone out and about around the city. Said to be the best boutique hotel in London, Eccleston Square Hotel has all the luxury offerings in convenient reach of top London attractions, including Big Ben and the West End.

Photo: Eccleston Square Hotel

Photo: Eccleston Square Hotel

2. The Hotel Silken Puerta América, Madrid, Spain

What makes The Hotel Silken Puerta América stand out in Madrid, the architectural capital of Spain, is first and foremost its rainbow-coloured exterior. Once inside, prepare to be wowed again with design by 19 of the world’s finest modern architects, including Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel. Each floor of The Hotel Silken Puerta América takes on a different aesthetic, but the entire space has a space-age feel, made so by mirrored hallways, all-white suites and state-of-the-art facilities. Of these, the rooftop pool and bar with its retractable roof is most impressive, followed up by The Observatory which hosts one of the largest vertical gardens in Europe.

3. Hotel 1000, Seattle, US

Pinpoint the iconic Space Needle in downtown Seattle and you’ll invariably find Hotel 1000 nearby, boasting its own style of futurism within its adaptable walls. Guests at the waterfront Hotel 1000 can self-select their room’s artwork, music and temperature, and – while high tech cleaners are still a way off – the hotel’s infrared detection system will keep housekeeping at bay until you head out. As well as in-room tablets, touchscreen phones and smart mini bars, the property also has a simulated golfing room where you can practice your swing at any of the world’s top 50 golf courses. After a full day exploring nearby attractions such as the Sky View Observatory and Pike Place Market, pre-arrange a soak with the ‘Bath Butler’ or treat yourself to a massage at the full-service spa.

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Each floor of The Hotel Silken Puerta América takes on a different aesthetic, but the entire space has a space-age feel, made so by mirrored hallways, all-white suites and state-of-the-art facilities

4. CityHub Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Those who have ever wanted to know what sleeping on a spaceship feels like can do so at minimal cost at CityHub Amsterdam. While not entirely the real deal, the 50 minimalist sleeping pods here at CityHub are the closest you’ll get while still in touch with creature comforts such as WiFi, audio streaming and app-controlled mood lighting. Each pod comes with a window and guests are given a smart wristband on arrival instead of a door key. While the bathrooms here are shared, the CityHub self-service bar allows you to get to know your podmates beforehand, tapping your wristband to pay for a round with ease. When exploring the city, use the hotel’s free portable WiFi, getting tips and advice via the CityHosts app.

Photo: CityHub Amsterdam

5. The W Singapore at Sentosa Cove, Sentosa Island, Singapore

For something a little roomier, we ride the Sentosa Express rail to The W Singapore at Sentosa Cove for luxury stays in the reliable hands of Marriott International. The manmade Sentosa Island is an oasis of soft beaches and amusement parks, though if rollercoasters aren’t your thing, then you can instead opt for endless W Hotel amenities, including the outdoor lagoon-style pool with WET bar and AWAY Spa with Vichy shower. Among it all, underwater speakers, private DJ booths and mood lighting ensure you feel lightyears away from home while also staying cosy as heck. For extra wow-factor, stay in the Extreme Wow Suite for access to a terrace plunge pool and jacuzzi with LED HDTV fixture.

6. The Henn-Na Hotel, Sasebo, Japan

No one understands the art of Zen more than the Japanese, and the people (or rather, bots) of The Henn-Na Hotel are no exception. Henn-Na in Sasebo’s Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, Kyushu Island, is the world’s first robot-staffed hotel, where guests are greeted at the front desk by multi-lingual bots – one realistic female and two velociraptor bellhops as well as one porter with functioning arms to help with your luggage. The hotel’s commitment to high tech electronics continues within each biometric-controlled room, where a mini-robot assistant comes programmed for wake-up calls, weather forecasts and more. If that wasn’t enough, the hotel also hosts a robot barista and 360-degree VR experience room, just minutes from Casa dos Robos Science Museum.

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7. ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, US

Las Vegas has always been out there and ARIA Resort & Casino is very much in keeping with the aesthetic. Centred on the Las Vegas Strip with its own 150,000-square-foot casino and various world-class restaurants on site, ARIA goes one step further than other 5-star hotels in the city thanks to its high tech home concept where each smart room has a touchscreen to control high tech audio, lighting and even curtain pull backs. Enter your room with the hotel’s loaner smartphone, a device that can also tell you when a seat at the blackjack table opens up. Besides high tech auto features, additional luxury facilities at the hotel include three outdoor pools, an on-site mega spa and personal training programs at the gym.

8. Kameha Grand Zurich, Switzerland

It must’ve taken a lot of creative brainstorming to come up with the concept for Kameha Grand Zurich, one of the most fun offerings in the Marriott Autograph Collection, based in the Swiss capital. A high-end themed hotel, Kameha has all sorts of suites, from the gentleman’s suite to the workout suite, but it’s the space suite that wins us over with its floating bed, rocket-ship furnishings and galaxy artwork. The best bit is lying on the bed to operate the huge TV overhead, watching the live feed of NASA mission control! Also out of this world are the seven banquet rooms centred by the Kameha Dome, a 700-square-metre domed roof presiding over the function room.

Photo: Kameha Grand Zurich

Photo: Kameha Grand Zurich

9. Hotel Zetta, San Francisco, USA

Another futuristic room concept in the heart of Silicon Valley, Hotel Zetta impresses Zuckerberg types with its high tech construction and green ethos. Energy-efficient lighting and Dyson air purifiers are a given across the suites, with some also kitted out with smart TVs and Peloton bikes. Choose your suite wisely to get a chance to play your favourite retro video game, such as Atari Pong in the Zetta Suite, or otherwise immerse yourself in the hotel’s VR Cube, making a move on the hotel’s two-storey Plinko or giant Jenga games as you go. If you can pull yourself from the console-filled ‘Playroom’ or the GenZ-updated telephone booth, opt to fit a workout in at the state-of-the-art gym, refuelling on healthy snacks at your very own VitalBar mini bar.

Photo: Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

10. Hotel NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Germany

A small high tech group of European boutique hotels, with locations in Milan, Barcelona and Berlin, the Hotel NH Collection is both elite and forward-thinking. The Hotel NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse in particular will jet you forward in time with its minimalist design and tech-savvy extras such as holographic projectors for business use, and high tech automotive options including on-site Segways and electric cars to rent. Musicians can also borrow the hotel’s keyboards and guitars for an impromptu jam session in their rooms. Nor is the hotel gym short of a high tech machine or two, including cardio gadgetry complemented by the bio sauna and innovative culinary kitchen nearby. Berlin itself is also a great place to immerse yourself in creative ideas, starting with the Maxim Gorki Theater.

11. The Atari Hotel, Las Vegas (coming soon)

An additional mention in Vegas we can’t help but include is The Atari Hotel, soon to be the city’s most futuristic hotel experience (opening 2022). On arrival at The Atari Hotel, guests can immerse themselves into the world of Atari gaming under neon lights in marquees designed by Gensler. Regardless of your gaming ability or age, the hotel will help you get to grips with the latest in virtual and augmented reality, allowing you to host gaming marathons in your room, which each come themed around some of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. Kick back in the speakeasy bar or go at it in the retro-style gaming arcades, trying something new at the esports venue too.

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Photo: Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

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