Admittedly, the Hilton Garden Inn’s gadget-crammed Room 267 is not your typical lodging. But stay just one night there, and you’ll want it to be.
The invitation-only “Room of the Future” is housed in a special Hilton University wing of the property near Los Angeles International Airport. It comes furnished with a legion of next-generation products to enhance guests’ business productivity, comfort, and entertainment.
Among the niceties of this high-tech hotel room are:
- a wall-mounted, 42-inch flat-screen HDTV Panasonic plasma television connected to a Technics receiver with surround-sound Bose speakers;
- a Philips DVD/CD player;
- a second, smaller flat-screen LCD monitor next to the Jacuzzi bathtub;
- motion-detection lights that activate when guests enter the room;
- a biometric room safe that uses a thumbprint as the lock and key;
- free broadband, accessible via laptop or the TV;
- a Panja touch-panel remote control that manages lighting levels and room climate; opens and closes the drapes; controls the TV, radio, and DVD player; and even repositions the head and foot of the king-size bed;
- a compressor-less mini-refrigerator that is completely silent;
- a Panasonic massage chair, a heated toilet seat/bidet, a computerized five-nozzle shower, and a defogging bathroom mirror.