Starwood Introduces Robotic Butlers at Aloft Hotel In Cupertino


Starwood, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is rolling out two robotic “Botlrs” inexplicably named A.L.O. in their Cupertino Aloft Hotel. The robotic butlers, built by Savioke, are able to perform tasks in the front of the house and the back of the house, as well as navigate around guests and use elevators. For the most part, it seems that the Botlrs will be delivering amenities to guest rooms in lieu of actual humans, “freeing up existing talent’s time and allowing them to create a more personalized experience for guests.” When a guest calls down and asks for a toothbrush or extra towels, hotel ...


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The Rise of Adventure Tourism


How adventure tourism is gaining popularity every day? Tourism is not just about staying at luxurious hotels or satisfying your taste buds with some exotic delicacies, it is also about an adventure to some unknown or unexplored destination. Adventure spots like hiking, rafting, kayaking or trekking lend a special appeal to holiday trips. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel is the fastest growing segment of the leisure travel industry. Adventure travel remains unaffected by factors like recession and the economic slowdown, since adventure lies in the mind of the adventurer. Adventure ...


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Mumbai Now Has India’s First Pod Hotel


Think of the time when travelling by first class in a long-distance train was a big deal. What was it like? A hyper-efficient, compressed space where most aspects of convenience were looked into - a hook to hang clothes and a thermos flask, a berth for sleep rather than sprawl, necessity rather than luxury, but most importantly, privacy. Had enough of that garrulous Aunty and Uncle with their endless chatter? Draw your curtains. So, as the first customer of Urbanpod, India's first pod hotel in Andheri East, where familiarity meets chic futurism, these memories flash through my mind. Room, which measures just about s...


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