It's A New Generation Of Hotel Entertainment At Sofitel So Bangkok
Guess what, Apple lovers? There's finally a hotel to sate your every technological whim—you just have to fly halfway around the world to enjoy it! While we've seen certain hotels pick up on the free iPad trend, or even develop their own apps, Sofitel So Bangkok is now debuting a "new generation of urban hotels."
According to an announcement made on Saturday, each of its 238 rooms will come with a Mac mini that guests can use to build their own in-room integrated multimedia center: digital TV and radio, movies, music, DVD player, and the ability to play whatever's on your own iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Oh, an they'll throw in an iPad if you book one of their suites.
Need to actually get some work done? Worry not. The tech-savy property has taken you into consideration as well:
"For work purposes, the Mac mini enables guests to load files via a USB port, work on them in the normal way, and save them to a memory stick safe in the knowledge that every time the Mac mini is shut down DirectStreams software will clean away any new information on the computer and restore it to its original state at check-in/check-out."
But this kind of total connectivity isn't just Sofitel offering a "new generation" of room service. Sure, there's features like browsing the hotel directory and room service menu, and we're guessing there will be some live chat feature to communicate in real time with staff members, a la St. Regis New York's E-Butler program. But beyond that, the hotel has made it very possible for guests to never have to leave their rooms or seek entertainment at all! It's all built in right there!
Does this indicate a new direction for luxury hotels? We've seen offices where this kind of integrated entertainment and communication platform is the norm, but to have it right at your fingertips in your own hotel room is progress we like to hear about. Sofitel So Bangkok has even gone the extra mile to digitize the tourist experience: a live webcam streams views of the Bangkok skyline and nearby Lumpini Park. Who needs tuk tuk rides when you can just watch it all happen on a 40" high-def flat screen?
Interested in spending some more time with the forward-thinking peeps at Sofitel? Check out their 80 Magnifique Nights contest—the grand winner receives 31 nights for 2 people at a range of Sofitel properties, plus 2 open plane tickets to fly around the world. Now that's connectivity!