© Kameha Grand Zurich

Best of Hightech: These are the most visionary hotels 2022

They are luxurious, sustainable and quite visionary: these hotels use the latest, best trends from the high-tech sector and also score points with fabulous design.

June 4, 2022

Hotel Puerta America Madrid

Star architects create science fiction space. 

THE suites at Puerta America Madrid are black as night with bright elements and high quality materials - unique! © Hotel Puerta America Madrid

Black painted walls, mirrored corridors, cavernous, all-white rooms and a whole lot of technology: 19 of the world's best and most forward-looking architects, including Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel, have created a top-class hotel in the centre of Madrid. From the outside, the twelve-story building appears in all the colours of the rainbow; inside, each floor has been dedicated to a different theme and furnished with different materials, colours and shapes to create a unique sensory experience. 

Hotel Puerta America Madrid
Avenida de América 41, 28002 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 917 445 410
Price: Junior suite from € 220,-.


Nhow Berlin

Andy Warhol meets Starship Enterprise.

When art and luxury hotel come together: a harmonious symbiosis. © Mattias Hamrén

As if you had strayed into a pop art gallery, the entrance area of the four-star hotel comes up trumps with eye-catchers. But it is above all the high-tech extras that make this hotel so special. Is your business partner based in Hong Kong? No problem! With the help of holographic technology, he can be seen as a 3D projection in the conference room. Speaking of (environmentally friendly) mobility: instead of cabs, guests here take Segways and electric cars through the city. Music equipment (keyboards and guitars) is also available for a jam session. 

Nhow Berlin
Stralauer Allee 3, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 2902990
Price: double room from € 80


Kameha Grand Zurich

Spend the night like in the space shuttle - only much more spacious and luxurious. 

The Zurich hotel looks like a moonscape. © Kameha Grand Zurich

A zero-gravity bed, a library of space-themed literature and TVs with a live TV feed from Nasa linked to the International Space Station: not everyone has the opportunity to travel into space, but a night in the Space Suite of the Kameha Grand Zurich will also make the hearts of space fans beat faster. German photo artist Michael Najjar has decorated the 115-square-meter room with numerous details designed to resemble a space station. He himself is also a Virgin Galactic pioneer astronaut and wants to be the first artist to fly into space. 

Kameha Grand Zurich
Dufaux-Strasse 1, 8152 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 44 525 5000
Price: Price for the space suite on request


W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island

Top modern interpretation of One Thousand and One Nights.

Let there be light Around 5000 LED lamps illuminate the spectacular building of the "W Abu Dhabi". © Marriott International/Gary OLeary & Ralph Tooten

Inspired by the flowing robe of an Arabian dancer, the breathtaking steel and glass architecture covers the two hotel buildings of the exclusive W Yas Island and connects them as a bridge. From above, the view falls on the marina and the Abu Dhabi race track, which winds its way under the construction. The play of lights on the exterior façade, conjured up by around 5,000 LED lights, is also impressive and pays homage to the high-performance cars and the atmosphere of Formula 1. 

W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island
HQ Building, P.O. Box: 128717, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +9712 496 8000
Price: Double room from approx. € 175,-.


Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai

Eclectic style of old stones and new technology.

The large suites at the Andaz Xintiandi are also eclectically modern. We like! © Ben McMillan

While the stone houses of the historic Xintiandi district line up outside, the five-star hotel is decorated inside with state-of-the-art mixed-media artworks consisting of LED lighting, sensors, video projections, and recycled materials. The skilful mix of styles is continued in the bathrooms, among other places, where high-tech washbasins and bathtubs have been placed against rock walls. A spa landscape is also planned, where traditional Chinese medicine meets modern wellness techniques. 

Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai
Songshan Road 88, 200021 Shanghai, China
Tel: +8621 2310 1234
Price: double room from about € 140,-.


W Signapore

LED lighting and underwater speakers create a nightclub atmosphere. 

© Marriott International-Ralf Tooten

The W Hotels brand is basically known for using state-of-the-art technology in its properties around the globe. The W Singapore in Sentosa Cove is no exception: elegant LED lighting has been installed throughout the luxury hotel, exuding a nightclub atmosphere. The outdoor pool has underwater speakers that stream electronic music around the clock and rental iPads are available in the private poolside cabanas. Rooms feature 40-inch flat-screen TVs, Bose speakers, and iPod docks, while the "Extreme Wow" suite even has a private DJ booth. 

W Singapore
Ocean Way 21, 098374 Singapore
Tel: +65 6808 7288
Price: Double room from approx. € 240,-.

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2022.

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