It’s 21 October 2015, and officially Back to the Future Day! Yes, we’ve finally reached the point in time Marty and the Doc travel to in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. BTTF’s depiction of the future is eerily accurate in places, with unmanned drones, video chat systems and wearable tech all on show – though sadly we’re still waiting to ride a hoverboard.
With technology constantly advancing, the hotel industry is embracing all kinds of features that would impress even Doc Brown. We’ve selected eight of the best futuristic hotels that you can check out without having to hitch a ride in a plutonium-powered DeLorean.
NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding
A self-styled “Living Lab”, the stylish NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding feels light-years ahead of other contemporary hotels. The four-star, 431-room hotel offers modern Iberian décor and pioneers technological advances, boasting a huge, ever-changing curved LED screen over the lobby. Guests can charge their mobile devices wirelessly and speak to reception face-to-face from the comfort of their room via video supported-tablets.
What really leaves you feeling like you’ve fallen out of a DeLorean, however, is the 3D telepresence system that allows guests to interact with people remotely via hologram.
Hotel 1000 combines the modern luxuries of a city hotel with the personable service of a boutique property. High-tech yet inviting, Hotel 1000 makes you feel like you’re living a decade in the future. Electronic doorbells scan each room with infrared sensors to detect body heat, informing staff whether rooms are occupied so that guests are not disturbed. Guests also have access to an electronic do-not-disturb button, and an intelligent minibar informs the hotel when it needs topping up.
On top of this, the hotel’s virtual Golf Club is an immersive experience that allows players to swing balls on 50 of the world’s best courses without ever leaving the comfort of the hotel.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Billed as “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, the all-suite Burj Al Arab is a symbol of modern Middle Eastern luxury. From the moment guests step off the plane they find themselves intoxicated under Burj Al Arab’s dizzying spell, as they are greeted by an air-conditioned, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce and taken through the orderly and pristine streets of Dubai to the hotel.
On arrival at the hotel, guests enter a spectacular lobby so large the Statue of Liberty could fit inside it. Each suite overlooks the Arabian Gulf and includes a 21-inch iMac, a four carat gold iPad and widescreen smart HD TV, as well as 24-hour butler service. Diners have a choice of nine signature restaurants, the pick of the bunch, the Al Mahara serves sumptuous seafood lit by the glow of an enormous seawater aquarium. The Talise Spa allows guests to relax and rejuvenate in surroundings inspired by ancient Middle Eastern civilisations.
Yotel New York City
New York City, USA
Based three blocks from Times Square, Yotel New York City revolutionised hotel check-ins with its one-armed luggage robot, Yobot, the world’s first robotic concierge. Yobot deftly grabs, lifts and stores baskets containing luggage and issues a receipt for guests to submit when they want to pick up their bag.
Yotel prides itself on delivering “affordable luxury”, and this is evident in its small, efficiently-designed rooms. Each room has a 32-inch TV and premium cabins have electronically-controlled beds that gently slide between couch position and the flat bed position with the touch of a button.
AC Hotel Bella Sky
The striking 814-room Bella Sky is situated right next door to the Bella Center, the 20,000-capacity exhibition and conference centre. With tilting twin towers that lean away from each other at an impressive 15 degrees, the Bella Sky is an architectural landmark and one of the largest and most aesthetic hotels in Scandinavia.
The hotel combines the natural and ethereal, with earth colours, wood and grass sitting alongside stunning light installations, creating a warm atmosphere highlighting the Scandinavian connection to the environment with a glance towards technological innovations to come.
Sculpted out of ice and snow from the nearby Torne River, Icehotel is both a hotel and an art exhibition. Each year, renowned artists are invited 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle to chisel away at 1,000 tonnes of ice and design the hotel’s suites. Though temperatures in the region border on the extreme, the rooms never drop below -5° C, and Icehotel provides thermal clothing and sleeping bags to ensure guests remain insulated. Each morning staff greet guests with a hot lingonberry juice in bed. After a night braving polar conditions, guests switch to a warmer chalet-style accommodation next door with all the modern creature comforts.
There are a host of activities for visitors to experience, including an overnight dog sled expedition and the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, where visitors can marvel at the Northern Lights.
The Marker Hotel is situated in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant Silicon Docks district. Its innovative six-story checkerboard façade is inspired by Ireland’s rugged landscape of bare rocks. By night, the neon lights of Grand Canal Square that shine on The Marker’s exterior add to the futuristic feel of the establishment. The generously-sized rooms are designed with stylish geometric interiors and punches of vibrant colour, and have marble en suites.
Guests can unwind in the hotel’s luxurious spa and wellness centre, which boasts a stunning infinity pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.
Who says hotels of the future have to cost a fortune? CitizenM is ideal for casual travellers and backpackers alike. In shunning conventional hotel staples like trouser presses, bellboys and towel swans, it feels like a home from home. Each bedroom features an XL King-sized bed with blackout blinds and guests can control the entire room using its innovative MoodPad tablet, including adjusting the temperature, TV channels, window blinds, coloured lighting and wakeup alarm themes.
There is a library of free movies to explore, as well as free wi-fi. CitizenM’s lobby is laid out like a living room, decked in Vitra furniture and iMacs, and there are a range dining options in canteenM, the hotel bar, including barista-brewed coffee for early risers and signature sandwiches, sushi and warm dishes.
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