Eccleston Square Hotel in London officially opened on August 8, 2011, and is being touted as Europe’s most high-tech hotel.
The exterior of the renovated 39-bedroom hotel is a late Georgian façade, with systems integrator, SM Contracts (SMC), creating technologically advanced, state-of-the art bedroom interiors.
The rooms are managed by VDA’s Micromaster, an intelligent online system, which controls access to all of the guestrooms as well as the lighting, curtains and temperature within the rooms.
When guests walk in their room for the first time, the curtains partially open and close, the smart glass bathroom wall turns opaque and the bathroom mirror TV turns on.
The guest controls the room using VDA’s Vitrum glassware collection. These touch sensitive keypads have etched icons for each room function. Micromaster sends information about the status of the guestroom to the hotel’s building management system, allowing the staff to carry out tasks such as switching unnecessary items off and turning down the heating/cooling when the room is vacant, saving energy.
“VDA’s priority has been to introduce simple-to-use technology that will enhance the guest experience and contribute to the hotel’s positioning as an ultra hi-tech urban cocoon,” said Mike Perks, VDA.
He said the Micromaster and vitrum interfaces contribute to the design and luxury throughout the hotel, and lowers the property’s power consumption and carbon footprint.
The rooms feature 46” 3D Panasonic LED TVs with enhanced audio using an independent sound bar and sub-woofer, HD Movie and 3D channels, 3D Blu Ray DVD players, 3D eyewear and a library of 3D movies free of charge.
The bar and library areas feature Panasonic 103” 3D screens. These rooms are available to guests to hire for private screenings and meetings. UK, US and European power sockets are provided within the rooms.
Portable players, iPads, iPhones and PC’s can be charged or connected to the room TV via in-wall docking points. Charging points can be found on either side of the bed. In addition, every bedroom includes the Apple iPad2.
Every bedroom offers beds from Swedish manufacturers, Hästens. Retailing at around £12,000 each, they are electronically adjustable and feature relaxing massage programmes that sync with the Hästen’s Mind Spa TV.
“The hotel recognises that technology has become a crucial part of travellers’ lives and seamless integration of personal electronic devices such as smart phones and PC’s is extremely important and something that’s been unseen at this level before,” said Robin Courtenay, SMC.
The design concept was carried out by Olivia Byrne, a graduate from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne and the hotel director of Eccleston Square Hotel.