The hotel room of the future

The hotel room of 2024 may include smart pillows that can provide head and neck massages, and sleep suits that monitor blood glucose and pressure levels.

An underwater hotel room

The unusual hotel suite 250 metres from Pemba Island was designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels and forms part of the 16-room Manta resort.

Sydney’s most expensive hotel room

The 350sq m, two-bedroom luxury pad located on the fourth floor of Sydney’s Park Hyatt features floor-to-ceiling glass with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour.

Spending a night in a Dutch ice hotel

It could be any standard hotel room in the quaint northeastern Dutch city of Zwolle, with a bed, a minibar, bathrobes and two pairs of slippers. Except for the room temperature, which hovers just above freezing. Welcome to the first Dutch ice hotel, all the comforts at eight degrees Celsius (46 °F). “If you take … Continued

Hotel Rates in New York City skyrocket ahead of NYE

New York may be officially the most popular place in the US to spend New Year, but travelers will still be paying through the nose for the privilege. Staying in the Big Apple in 2012 will cost revelers up to 700 percent more than normal, price comparison site said this week. On average, the … Continued

London’s Dukes hotel introducing ‘women only’ rooms

A London hotel has become the latest to roll out a suite of amenities for women, despite a ruling that declared a similar scheme in Copenhagen as illegal under discrimination laws. The Dukes Hotel in London will assign some of its rooms ‘Duchess Rooms’, loading them with treats to tempt single female travelers or groups … Continued

Resorts World Manila to add 4 hotels by 2016

Philippine casino operator Alliance Global plans to build another 6,500 hotel rooms over the next five years as it ramps up investment in the country’s tourism sector. The plan includes the launch by year-end of its 2,500-room Resorts World Bayshore project on Manila’s seafront, its chairman Andrew Tan said in a statement. It also includes … Continued

Banyan Tree opens Macau resort

The new Banyan Tree Macau has opened within the US$2 billion Galaxy Macau resort complex, providing a luxurious retreat for gamers. The all-suite resort offers such extras as a relaxation pool in every room and the brand’s signature villas situated beside the resort’s unique rooftop wave pool. As more and more tourists head to China, … Continued

Crowne Plaza to trial “snore absorption room”

InterContinental-owned Crowne Plaza has unveiled a room designed to help the long-suffering partners of snoring sleepers get a good night’s sleep. The chain said that a “snore absorption room” is being rolled out at nine of its global properties on a trial basis to see if it can help couples snooze in more comfort. Based … Continued

A look inside the hotel room of the future

A renowned futurologist has predicted that by 2030, our hotel rooms will be able to change themselves to match our preferences for a perfect night’s sleep. Ian Pearson made the predictions in Travelodge’s Future of Sleep report, a six-month project looking at the way hotels and travel are going to change in the future. A … Continued uncovers the world’s strangest hotel jobs

It is hard to imagine when staying at a hotel that it’s actually someone’s job to warm the bed for guests or read them a good night story. However,, the global hotel booking website, has found that in some hotels around the world, these jobs do in fact exist.

A glimpse at the future of travel

Robot receptionists, smart hotel rooms that know guests’ preferences and virtual postcards are all set to change the way we travel over the coming years. A study commissioned by the organizers of ITB Berlin, one of the world’s largest travel shows, suggests that technological advances are expected to produce some far-reaching changes in the way … Continued

2010 ends with a bang for French luxury hotel chain

Accor-owned brand Sofitel is to wrap up 2010 with a triple-whammy of hotel openings in exotic locations around the world, the company said December 13. The five-star brand is opening properties in Austria, Mauritius and Cambodia this week, including a new flagship for Europe in Vienna. The new Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom features a futuristic glass … Continued

Nagano hotel offers model railroad suite

A hotel in the northern Japan city of Nagano has installed one of the largest scale model railway sets in the country in a special luxury suite. The diorama measures 6 meters by nearly 2 meters wide and displays many of the prefecture’s most popular tourist spots, including Zenkoji Temple and Nagano’s famous mountains. The … Continued