Chicago's Hyatt Regency Renovates & Gets All 'Tech'ed Up
Signing over a check for $168 millions dollars to refresh their rooms, the Hyatt Regency Chicago has created a haven for the most tech-savvy travelers. The hefty cost is not just for new coats of paint and a few new pillows, it creates an oasis for those that need to stay connected from check-in to check-out.
Not only the largest hotel in Chicago, the Regency is the largest in the Hyatt portfolio. With these milestones, it makes sense to roll out the flashest of technology in this flagship hotel.
Mimicking the check-in hall of the world's largest airports, Hyatt's lobby with offer guests plenty of ways to collect room keys and start the unpacking process. In addition to the traditional face-to-face check-in, the hotel will offer iPads to track your arrival. If you prefer to be a little less futuristic, self-service check-in kiosks will be available too. Of course, we just discussed whether customers want this kind of non-personalized service.
The lobby will also sport about 106 plasma televisions that might be a little slice of the future. The majority of the monitors will feature an innovative touchscreen technology allowing out-of-town guests to explore not only the best of the best of the hotel, but what the Second City has to offer. Teched out with Google maps, weather forecasts and conference room information, the TVs will ensure no guest gets lost or caught without an umbrella.
Hate having to log-in to your wireless network moving from the lounge to your room? Problem solved here! With just over 800 wireless access points hidden throughout the property, guests can stay “plugged-in” to business while remaining unplugged and bogged down by cords and wires.
All these great new features and we haven't even talked about what the rooms look like. Stay tuned!
[Photo: Hyatt Regency Chicago]