The Algonquin Hotel in New York proved itself to be an early adopter of technology allowing guests to rent a Kindle during their stay. The Mondrian South Beach introduced TiVos into its guest rooms so you shall never miss a show while you're away. Even when you're away from your hotel room.
The Malibu Beach Inn is anticipating the widespread use of the iPhone (which is now sold in Walmart by the way) with its Malibu Beach Inn iPhone application. Using this system allows you to order up room service, have valet bring around your car or look for restaurant suggestions without ever talking to anyone in the hotel.
And of course, since hotels are offering all these fancy gadgets for you to play with--not to mention you will probably bring your own anyways--one of the requisite new amenities for 2008 is the Plug-in Panels. No more crawling under the desks or removing nightstand lamps from their outlets just so you can charge your cellphone. Hotels have begun offering easier ways to power up your stuff. Expect to see more of all of the above in 2009.
That concludes Part 1 of the 2008 HotelChatter Awards Show. Tune in tomorrow for more!