HRS is the latest business to find out that corporate travellers quite like to have a hi-tech room to stay in when on the road.

The business – which has been around for 40 years but relaunched as  a “hotel solutions provider” earlier this year – asked more than 4000 visitors to its website a number of questions about their tech tastes while travelling.

The key takeaway is that most business travellers like the idea of a hi-tech room. Overall, nearly half the sample (44%) said they would like to have some sort of tablet device in their room, while a quarter (23%) wanted a laptop.

Brits in particular seem quite taken with the idea of using technology as a super-charged remote control, with 42% saying they would rather operate their hotel room’s lighting, air conditioning and television via a display instead of using a separate remote control or switch.

HRS has highlighted some of the hotels on its books which it says are giving its road warriors a cutting edge tech experience.

Citizen M Amsterdam

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Guests are given “mood pads”, a device which allows them to personalize ( or “adjust”) the room lighting, room temperature, television and curtains.

Eccleston Square Hotel Londoneccleston
Interesting, because it offers a hi-tech experience in a Grade-2 listed structure. Guests receive a personal iPad as a digital concierge and can navigate almost everything in their room via a touchpad.

New Yorker Yotel

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At the New Yorker Yotel, a robot helps with your luggage; after the key delivery via a check-in terminal, the so-called Yobot safely stows away personal belongings in lock boxes.

NB: The copyright for images of the hotels mentioned in the text belongs to the named hotels. The main picture is from Accor.

Original author: Martin Cowen