Hotel Room Mate Lord Balfour, photo courtesy of Room Mate Hotels
Free Wi-Fi is just the beginning. For the ultimate in connectivity, consider a stay at one of these properties.
iPads on request, Apple TVs in every meeting room, and a comprehensive mobile app for guests belonging to the loyalty program at the Ritz Carleton Montréal are solid, convenient amenities. But the guestroom tech features, including “proximity cards” that never demagnetize and temperature and lighting preferences automatically saved for future visits, are unique, next-level perks. Rates from $575.
The Hollywood location of this brand-new chainlet features a buzzy rooftop bar, art by local artists and interiors by famed designer Kelly Wearstler—all combining to deliver the next generation of extended-stay accommodations. But it’s the hotel’s Proper App that brings over-the-top convenience to the forefront. The app is helpful if you need local recommendations for dining or shopping, but it’s equally helpful for more extravagant requests, like ordering a helicopter, tracking down car rentals or even hiring a tech guru to assist you in figuring out your latest gadgets. Rates from US$395.
Hotel Room Mate Lord Balfour, Miami
This quirky spot takes its complimentary Wi-Fi service to the next level with the WiMate Total WiFi program. Guests are offered free, USB-size routers, meaning you’ll always be connected as you explore the pleasures of South Beach. Rates from US$99.
Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, Chicago
When it comes to innovation, it’s hard to find a more forward-thinking property than this just-updated historic hotel on Chicago’s Loop. Palmer House was the first hotel in the world to use electric light bulbs back in the late 19th century, and today, it has introduced HCN Navigator tablets to its guests (the first hotel in the United States to do so). Incredibly handy for business travellers (especially groups), these tablets can be used to digitally connect conference attendees, allowing them to share messages and videos, and to make and read event announcements. Rates from US$189.
Tiny Hotels in Nashville, Los Angeles and Miami
These boutique hotels with 15 rooms or less deliver cozy comforts in prime neighbourhood locations. Stay at Nashville’s Germantown Inn for its historic charm, at L.A.’s Hotel Covell for its apartment-like feel, or at Prime Hotel - South Beach in Miami for its closeness to the Art Deco District.
Hotels for Coffee Lovers
For true coffee lovers, these three hotels offer thoughtful programs that energize as well as pamper. Treat yourself to a coffee exfoliation at Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, relax at Le Méridien Versailles's coffeehouse in Montreal or order artisanal coffee room service at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.