Turn Your Home Into a High-Tech Hotel Room

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Every once in a while, especially during vacations, families, and friends would check in at a fancy resort or hotel. Ideally, these luxury hotel rooms would be able to fascinate you with all their high-tech gadgets, widescreen televisions, automated doors and more. Any hotel that provides this service would often be costly. Why spend a lot to go to fancy hotel rooms when you can bring that experience to your very own home? There are many ways to turn homes into high-tech hotel-like rooms and those with the budget can start by getting these items:

Smart TV's

Smart TV's are not uncommon in the market. In fact, visiting the nearest electronics store will display their latest smart TV's available. Aesthetically, a large smart TV would be the ideal option to make your homes look like a luxury hotel. Almost the options across different brands are similar so you have the freedom to choose which suits you best. Some allow you to browse through the net through voice activations. Others will detect specific hand gestures to operate commands .These smart TV's will only get better as the years pass by.

Digital Keys

Hotels either have the usual physical keys for their locks or card keys that you can swipe. However, these can be a hassle especially in the case where they get misplaced. Fancier hotels, on the other hand, use digital keys that can be accessed usually through phones. There are two ways this can work. The first is similar to the concept of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Instead of actually having the card, an app of the phone can imitate that concept so you would not need the actual card. The second way would be through Bluetooth. There are high-tech locks that will automatically open once they detect your phone's Bluetooth ID nearby so you can just walk right in without doing much.

Voice-Activated Rooms

So once you get into your home without touching anything, the next thing you might want to do is to turn on the lights still without touching anything. How? Voice activation. It is popular in the movies and fancy hotels. With just a short speech command, anything with that is voice-enabled will do its job. It is the step towards making Jarvis, artificial intelligence (AI) assistant of Tony Stark in popular comic book and movie, Iron Man. Wynn Las Vegas just recently integrated about 5,000 of their rooms with Echo, a voice-controlled speaker, allowing guests to easily communicate with the front desk or turn appliances on by simply telling it to do so.

Automation

In line with the voice-activated rooms, automation enabled by robots or AI, just like Echo, will further provide efficiency for anyone in the room. Automation is usually defined as something that turns on and off by itself. However, it goes beyond. Automation really is about technology allowing itself to be engaged only when needed to. To an extent, getting your room automated can even save a lot of money on …

Hotel Room – Barn Doors Dangerous by Design – Best Left on Barns

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Barn doors may be best left on barns. I currently receive about a call a month to ask if I can help with a hotel room sliding barn door injury. This is a trend that has continued since hotel designers decided that it would be a great concept to install sliding type barn doors to separate bathrooms and other areas from the hotel guest bedroom.

The first time I saw a door of this type installed in a newly renovated hotel room, I immediately thought that this was an accident waiting to happen. It was either going to create a pinch injury, a crush incident, or the door would just fall off the hanging rail and smash into someone. I was more concerned that unattended children playing with these doors would get seriously injured.

Sure enough, within a month of seeing this kind of door installation, the calls started coming into the office. These calls have been ongoing for the last 4 years.

The peculiar aspect of these installations is that there are too many small hardware component pieces that can become loose and ultimately fall off causing detachment of the door. Various manufacturers use different types and qualities of materials to make the doors slide, however, most door systems are subject to the same problems. They loosen, fall apart, fall off of their track or move out of adjustment leading to serious personal injuries of hotel guests as the sliding doors disconnect from their hanging hardware in one way or another.

WHAT GOES WRONG?

Defectively operating hotel room barn doors have created injuries in many different ways. Hanger bars have become detached from the wall. Guide rollers and limiters have become disconnected. Screws have gone missing and were unchecked. Door hangers have lost their grip. Rollers have cracked and broken. Rubber stops have disappeared. The base plates and screws that keep the door from swinging away from the wall have broken or disconnected completely from the floor. Rust has affected the hardware due to moisture from the bathroom, and parts have seized. Glass doors have shattered due to stresses imparted as the door has been pushed into obstructions when they are out of alignment.

When depositions of hotel staff are taken and they are asked about how the barn door systems are maintained, the typical answer is "we don't do much". Sometimes they claim that they have boxes of replacement parts left from the original installation, and "when we notice something wrong, we go get one of those spare parts". Many hotels claim that they make routine inspections of their guest rooms, but I haven't encountered one hotel that pays the needed attention to these doors, even after an injury incident occurs.

In most hotels the housekeepers are charged with cleaning and preparing the rooms for new guests. Those housekeepers are the only check for room condition prior to a new occupancy. Housekeeping concerns are usually limited to quickly checking to see if the carpet is soiled, trash can …

Vacation Bundles Overview: The Importance of Booking Your Airfare and Hotel Room Together

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A vacation is supposed to be a fun way to get away from it all, so there should not be any stress involved before, during, or after the trip. There won’t be anything to worry about just during the planning process just as long as you take advantage of vacation bundles. With exclusive access to affordable hotel rooms, airlines, and wholesalers’ booking engines, you should be able to obtain airfare, room, and a rental car all at once – at an affordable price.

Nobody wants to book airfare only to realize later on that there are no available, inexpensive hotel rooms in the area. You would either have to go over your budget and stay at a pricey hotel or look for undesirable alternatives, like a cheap rental apartment or hostel with very low ratings.

This type of problem can be eliminated by opting for vacation bundles, which should include a stay at a nice, affordable hotel for a select number of nights and airfare both. You might also want to check into all inclusive packages. Even if you don’t think you’ll need everything, some of them are actually affordable. Look over them to find out exactly what is included. If there are things that you know for sure you will use, such as fast Wi-Fi, dinner discounts, free golfing, etc… , then it might be cheaper to pay for it all up front in a package.

Vacation Bundles of Specific Destinations

If you don’t already have your heart set on one specific destination, you can simply browse all of the current deals to find out what packages are available. You can narrow down the results a bit if you need to by things like airport, number of nights, price, etc. Travel discount sites are updating the “Deals” page constantly with daily, weekly, and monthly deals. There are also options to sign up for newsletters or install apps to receive alerts.

It’s always a good idea to read reviews on particular resorts or hotels showing up in vacation bundles before making your final decision. Make sure the package actually includes a decent hotel with the amenities you will need. Look at a map of the city as well to find out exactly where a particular hotel is located in proximity to the airport and attractions you wish to visit during your vacation.

There are a few other things you should look into when evaluating vacation bundles, such as whether or not pets or allowed (if you are traveling with one) and if parking is free (if you plan to rent a car). If you’re not going to rent a car, then look and see if the hotel is easy to get to from the airport. Many of the popular resorts offer free shuttles.

Online websites are the top vacation planning destination, where you will find tons of vacation bundles all around the world. The intuitive tools let you search for airfare from your nearest airports to just about any destination. …

10 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Romantic

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There are several ways that you can transform your hotel room in to your own private romantic hideaway. Of course, you either need to hire someone to pre-stage the room for you or you need to find your way in to the room before your significant other gets there.

Below are the top 10 ways to improve the look and feel of your guest room:

  1. Music. The best way is to have an i-pod with portable speakers (many hotels now have an i-pod docking station) so that you can pipe in her favorite music to fill the room. Not too loud, though.
  2. Lighting. There is nothing worse than walking in to a room filled with bright lights. Turn off all of the lights and strategically place some battery operated votive candles around the room (no fire hazard, allowed by hotels. Don’t make the same mistake that some have made — using real candles only to have the smoke hit super sensitive detectors and cause an alarm to go off). Close the drapes/shutters.
  3. Rose Petals. When the person you are trying to impress opens the door, they will find a trail of rose petals leading from the front door to the bed. Sprinkle lots of rose petals on the bed as well. As a special note, most hotels don’t like the use of real rose petals but you can use them as long as you are careful (e.g. if there is a white comforter in the room, protect the bed by placing a romantic blanket or throw on the bed and then place the petals on top).
  4. Flowers. Roses are king but some people don’t care for them. Find out what her favorite flower is, and place an arrangement in the room (or can just be a single flower on the bed or placed in a bud vase).
  5. Edible decadence. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac and a favorite for romantic occasions. Skip the bargain basement heart shaped box and go for more of a high-end truffle from a local chocolatier or candy shop.
  6. Scent. Have you noticed how some hotel rooms smell like cleaning products? That can spoil the mood. Pick up a room fragrance spray from a store like the Body Shop. Or you can purchase a “plug in” and insert it into one of the room’s outlets – just pick a romantic scent (like vanilla or jasmine)
  7. Bedding. Most nicer hotels have great sheets and comforters these days. But if you want to add something to the experience, bring your own Satin sheets and re-make the bed (yes, a little bit of extra work but worth it) or add a throw or faux fur blanket to the bed.
  8. Bubbly. Champagne always marks a special occasion and will go well with the chocolates. If not in to alcohol, then Sparkling cider is a great substitute (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine).
  9. Love letter. You’ve set this whole room up – but why? Tell your special someone in a note — but not a