Hotels with a human touch could become a thing of the past, according to hotel insiders who claim it will be just as easy to procure keys from a robot or via a voice control system. A survey by Guestline, which provides property management and distribution software to the hospitality industry, suggests that 85 percent of relationships with businesses will not require human interaction in the future. Their conclusions have been drawn from experts across the fields of technology, artificial intelligence, hospitality, and interior design – and here’s what to expect.
In the Clear
Glass walls in bathrooms are pretty, but a real problem if don’t want your partner to see you shower. A solution to this design conundrum comes in the form of digital shower walls that can be set to opaque or even personalized imagery.
With the advent of the i-concierge, it will soon be possible to order room service without picking up the phone. “Our phones will sync immediately with the in-room technology for uninterrupted, comfortable, and seamless FaceTiming/television/streaming, and viewing,” says Olivia Byrne, owner and director of Eccleston Square Hotel in London. Guests will use dining apps to order food, and even audio will be digitally set to improve sleep patterns.
Jo Littlefair, co-founder and director of interior design studio Goddard Littlefair, says luxury hotels will make minimalism a priority. “Plugs and sockets will probably go completely, and the trend will continue towards hidden or invisible technology,” she says. Glass TVs are already being prototyped by the likes of Panasonic, so we could screens programmed with films and shows tailored to our tastes very soon.
(Not) Hot Water
Isn’t it annoying when you can’t twist taps to find a comfortable water temperature? Possibly one of the greatest future innovations could be digital technology boards that can detect the optimal shower temperature from your body using just the heat levels from the touch of a finger. Surely that’s worth checking into a hotel room for the night?