High-tech London hotel readies for opening

A new hotel in London billed as among the world's most high-tech is gearing up for its grand opening next week.

After a series of delays, the Eccleston Square Hotel is set to open its doors August 1, promising an urban cocoon with cutting edge technology inside a central London Georgian building.

It is set to be the first hotel in Europe to offer guests access to a 3D Blu-ray library, films that can be enjoyed in the property's 39 rooms kitted out with 46-inch Panasonic Neo Plasma high-definition 3D televisions, although HD movies and 3D channels will also be available.

If the 46-inch flatscreens aren't large enough, guests will also be able to duck into The Media Lounge, a screening room with a 103-inch Panasonic 3D media wall television.

Even for small-screen junkies, Eccleston Square shouldn't disappoint - every room offers an iPad2, complete with an app which allows users to order hotel services, as well as a separate screen in the bathroom so guests don't miss any of the action while in the bath.

While the hotel is set to become a firm favorite with globetrotting geeks, it's keen to emphasize that it caters to luxury lovers too, with electronically-adjustable beds (including a massage feature), 300-threed count sheets, Nespresso machines, multi-head showers and full-length folding mirrors.

As anybody who owns any of the technology the hotel is offering will know, good looks and functionality rarely come cheap, although there's a special opening rate of £250 (€280) a night for early birds through September.

http://www.ecclestonsquarehotel.com/

The world's most high-tech hotels

Eccleston Square Hotel, London - 3D Blu-ray televisions in every room, iPads and iPod docking stations

The Avatar Hotel, Silicon Valley, California - A favorite of the technology world, offers iPod docking stations, cordless phones, 37-inch flatscreens and bed laptop tables.

Blow Up Hall 5050, Poznan, Poland - This interactive "work of art" uses iPhones to open the doors and features a high-resolution screen in the lobby which displays the pictures of guests staying at the hotel.

Mama Shelter, Paris - This uber-trendy property boasts an iMac in every room and private rooms with Bose sound systems and cinema screens.

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