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Travel Tip: High-Tech Hotels

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As the travel world becomes increasingly tech-driven and connected, the hotel industry isn’t far behind.

One of the biggest hotel openings in Las Vegas is the Nobu Hotel inside Caesars Palace. That’s right, it’s a hotel inside a hotel attached to a sushi restaurant. Here, the staff will escort you to your room and check you in using an iPad. And the elevators don’t have any buttons—it just knows where to go based on a room key sensor.

Also in Vegas is the Aria hotel, one of the most high-tech on the Strip. Your room key is RFID equipped, which means no swiping—just hold the key in your hand to unlock the door.Each room comes with a bedside touch screen that controls everything from the lights to your wakeup call.

In New York, there’s the Yotel—and yes, they have a robot bellhop. A robotic arm will take your luggage and store it into a compartment for you.

And keep your eyes open for the latest technology: one hotel in Seoul now uses smartphones as hotel keys. You pick up the smartphone at the front desk and use it to enter your room and control elements like the temperature and room lights.

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