We got a sneak peak at the demo Apple iFB system (the interactive media program guests will get on those in-room 20" iMacs), and we were totally impressed...and pissed we didn't think of this first.
In iFB, guests are given a personalized intro screen with their names and the weather and such. From there, they can access local info, dining and entertainment options, recreation and relaxation suggestions and, of course, the Internet.
This new in-room computer system allows for Fountainbleau alone to cut back on half a million newspapers every year -- saving trees and sending the newspaper industry the message that not even hotels are interested in the print editions anymore.
And just to clarify: we were assured that the only paper product that we have not yet found a digital replacement for -- the paper of the toilet variety -- will still remain in 'paperless' rooms.
The new technology will debut in Fall 2008 at the grand re-opening of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (after its one billion dollar renovation) and in the forthcoming Fontainebleau Las Vegas, "a $2.9 billion, 63-story destination resort and entertainment complex," in 2009.