Get Ready for High-Tech Micro-Hotel Rooms

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by Alex A. Kecskes

Ready or not, a new breed of high-tech micro-hotel room may soon be coming to a city near you. Similar to the rooms inside Yotels and Qbic Hotels, the latest micro-hotel concept features tiny rooms designed for airport hotel use. Yes, in most cases, you'll find these in airports, not in a separate building you shuttle away to from the airport.

Early designs will feature a twin bed with a slide-out table to serve as your nightstand/dining table/desk. A flat-screen TV mounted on the wall at the foot of the bed provides news, stock reports and entertainment. And a full-length mirror adds to the much-needed perception of space. The toilet will be located somewhere behind the bed (unless, of course, there's a shared bathroom outside).

The micro-hotel trend is designed for very short stays and is expected to come with reduced prices compared to your standard accommodations. Minimalism is prized here. Luxury will take on a new definition as cost-conscious travelers eschew conspicuous extravagance in favor of simple creature comforts and high-tech "must have" toys. At a premium will be personal time, private space, clean environmental comfort and, of course, high-speed web connections.

The Japanese have had these mini-hotels for a long time. They like them for their practicality and economy. It's the wave of the future. And it's coming sooner than you think.

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Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Please see more of his blogs and view additional job postings on Nexxt.

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