Hotels are constantly upping the stakes when it comes to guest comforts, but the next few decades could see some pretty big changes.
In fact, a group of tech, hotel and AI experts have banded together to predict what they think hotels of the future will look like – but we're not talking sci-fi type spaceships or hotels on the likes of Mars.
We're talking real-life tech already being developed, that could transform the hotel experience in the next 15 years.
In fact, research has shown that by 2020, 85 per cent of relationships with businesses will not require human interaction.
Hospitality tech experts Guestline teamed up with six technology, AI and hotel gurus to share their predictions of what could be in place by 2034.
Think the likes of check-in desks using facial recognition, room keys downloaded straight to your phone, showers that find your ideal temperature at the touch of a finger, and even AI and voice-controlled room amenities.
We take a look at some of their coolest findings so far…
AI in-room concierge
Forget calling down to order room service or to ask for extra towels. Tech gurus say that soon you'll be able to chat with an in-room i-concierge, who could even memorise what time to flick off the light switches so you can grab that precious beauty sleep.
It's worth noting that this type of tech is already being rolled out – for example on MSC Cruises' sailings guests have access to ZOE , a virtual assistant to help you plan your itinerary (think of her as the cruise ship version of Amazon's Alexa).
Showers that find your ideal temperature
Digital showers are already on the market, but thanks to touch and fingerprint recognition tech, in the next few decades you could find that simply touching the pad allows a shower to detect your heat levels and adjust the water temperature for optimal comfort.
Voice-controlled room settings
Voice-controlled tech isn't anything new, but in the next few decades it could change how you control your room's 'settings' aka the lighting, noises to help you sleep and even requesting specific aromas (the latter we imagine would be for more luxurious hotels).
Not one that we expected, but apparently glass is the 'next big thing'.
The idea is that the glass is just that; transparent glass for a minimalist look. Only it can be transformed into a TV screen, a digital clock, a menu… you get the idea.
Glass TVs are already protoyped for the likes of Panasonic.
Experts reckon that glass walls could also be designed to turn opaque if you're using the bathroom or want to get changed, for an instant transformation of the room.
You can find out more on the Guestline website here .
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