6 Hotels for the Tech-Obsessed

Forget free Wi-Fi—these international destinations have digital bells and whistles so advanced you may think you've checked into the future.

The Peninsula
Hong Kong

The stately hotel features innovations ranging from the outlandish (noise-canceling phones in the bathroom) to the surprisingly useful (the TV volume automatically lowers when the phone rings), all of which are cooked up in a nearby Bond-style lab.

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Eccleston Square

Here, the in-room gear list reads like the Best Buy catalog: 3-D TVs, iPads, and VoIP phones (pictured above). But the coolest touches are in the bathrooms, where smart-glass walls and doors frost over at the touch of a button and LED TVs are embedded in the mirrors.

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The Wit Hotel

No more waiting for the front desk to locate an employee to satisfy your urges; this downtown hotel uses a system called HotSOS to forward requests—an extra pillow, a bag pick-up, even a late-night intimacy kit—immediately to the nearest staff member.

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Blow up Hall 5050
Poznan, Poland

It may not have the best name for a wired hotel, but this boutique lodging west of Warsaw marries technology and art like no other. An iPhone acts as your room key, and an arresting collage of hundreds of guest photos is displayed in the lobby.

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Val Thorens, France

This is no chalet: The five-star, modern Alps ski outpost features its own intra-hotel social-media software; a Mac mini attached to the TV in each room enables would-be slopemates to meet on the mountain (or in the bar) and then digitally share photos and videos après-ski.

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Hotel 1000

The DO NOT DISTURB sign gets an upgrade at this downtown hotel where infrared sensors detect your body heat and ensure that there are never any awkward interruptions by housekeeping. Plus, sporty nerds can hack around on simulated golf courses.

Sarah Turcotte.

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Photos courtesy respective hotels and Gear Patrol
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