Top Destinations for the Tech-Savvy Traveller
As the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, Booking.com recently revealed that “ease” will be at the forefront of judgment for 2019 travel choices. And with tech gadgets irreversibly incorporated into most people’s everyday lives, it’s no surprise that 44% of global travelers look for high tech accommodation when planning a trip abroad. Travellers expectations of tech advancements aren’t those from Sci-Fi films though, with travellers more enthusiastic about practical tech such as real-time luggage tracking through a mobile app (57%) and having a single app for all their planning, booking and travel needs (57%) than the prospect of using self-driving transportation in their destination (40%).
From quickly accessing key information about a destination, to finding their way around and booking attractions – a smart-phone free holiday seems like a thing from the past. If you consider yourself to be part of the 47% of global travellers that find technology makes the booking process easier, then look no further. Booking.com has explored its over 28 million listings across more than 147,000 destinations to curate a list of top accommodations around the world for the tech-savvy traveller.
Silicon Valley, USA
Silicon Valley, famously known as the tech capital of the world, can be found in the southern San Francisco bay area. This city is the perfect location for tech and social media enthusiasts. As the home to some of the best-known global tech companies, it provides visitors with countless opportunities to fill their Instagram feed with new content captured outside of the HQs of these fascinating companies. If the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley doesn’t sound appealing, visitors can also visit The Tech Museum of Innovation, NASA’s Ames Research Center and many other tech attractions nearby.
Where to stay: Located in the heart of Silicon Valley and a short walk from many tech attractions and trendy shops and restaurants of Santana Row, Aloft Cupertino, surprises guests with a robot butler, who hands out poolside towels and brings snacks to guests’ rooms. But this isn’t all, for guests using the business suite on site, the robotic butler alerts them of any deliveries they have received, making this stay an equally stress-free and futuristic experience.
Located in southeastern China near Hong Kong, Shenzhen is known as the most tech city in China and is often hyped as China’s Silicon Valley. Appealing to travelers from across the globe, Shenzhen, the heart of tech production in China, is the perfect place to acquire new technology gadgets at a great price. So why not take a trip to COCO Park, a bustling shopping complex, for a browse?
Where to stay: Bringing the future directly to its guests, the Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel is the ideal place for all travellers seeking a tech orientated accommodation. Located right off the Subway Line 1 that connects people to the COCO Shopping Park, this futuristic hotel has been kitted out with space-ship-like decoration including capsule beds. But if that isn’t enough for your techy travel dreams, the staff, from the front desk team, to the waiters and the doormen are all robots.
London is another great example of a destination catering to the tech enthusiast’s every need, with the Science Museum, the Retro Computer museum and the We The Curious, an innovative science center, on offer. Most of these activities can be visited for free, meaning travellers can embrace the tech lover within them without having to pay a penny.
Where to stay: If you prefer to try technology before buying it for yourself, explore some of the coolest gadgets whilst staying at the Eccleston Square Hotel located in Pimlico. In this stylish hotel, which opened as London’s most high-tech hotel, every room features a tablet that enables guests to control the lighting, curtains and sound. Making the experience even more futuristic, guests can also browse through and then order the full concierge service on their large 46inch flat-screen 3D TV.
Berlin, a city well known for its history and culture, is turning more and more into the perfect destination for global travellers interested in tech. From the Sony Store, which houses their German headquarters, to the Museum of Film and Television and the Game Science Center, an interactive exhibition allowing guests to experience technology, art and games of the future.
Where to stay: NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse is a stunning hotel located in central Berlin. This tech lover’s dream accommodation is perfect for business travellers, as when staying at this hotel, they never need to ‘miss’ a meeting again, as this tech-savvy hotel provides holographic technology, including 3D projections of business presentations for their guests.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is known for its super savvy technology including being home to some of the world’s industry-leading tech companies and many futuristic attractions such as Seoul’s Robot Museum. The Robot Museum takes guests through time showcasing some of the earliest models to the robotic designs of today. If experiencing tech is your thing, the VR Plus Cafe is a virtual reality dream. Guests are able to ride the VR Coaster, a simulated entertainment ride as well as trying out one of the best known VR headsets in the industry today.
Where to stay: The Plaza Seoul, Autograph Collection offers visitors to Seoul boutique accommodation with a tech savvy twist. Each room is equipped with a touch screen that allows guests to take control of their room lighting, room temperature and even open and close their curtains.