NEWS: Eccleston Square Hotel creates in-room tech playground

Eccleston Square Hotel is a boutique hotel designed for the business traveller who demands the latest in-room gadgets. From super fast broadband to a 46 inch Panasonic 3D TV with powerful soundbar in every room, it’s an intriguing mix of gadgets and style tucked away in a quiet square near London’s Victoria station.

Each room has an iPad 2 and custom app which allows you to order room service, send emails to reception and order 3D Blu Rays. You can also purchase room items through the app such as the Denon iPod dock on your bedside table or the £250 leather iPad case.

Gadget Luxe stayed in room 107 during the Olympics and found the small rooms offered plenty of entertainment beyond the 3D TV. The £12000 beds produced by Hastens offer a control pad which allows your head and legs to be lowered or raised and there’s several massage functions built-in. There wasn’t a desk in our room but the bed was comfortable enough to allow for a couple of hours work and was close to the Nespresso coffee machine. The huge array of socketry on the wall makes charging for non UK travellers easy but will cause raised eyebrows from anyone expecting a romantic getaway – even Apple haven’t figured out a way to make plug sockets beautiful. Happily, the safe is big enough to hold a full size laptop and the phone is VOIP enabled, so London calls are free and international calls are cheap.

The bathroom featured underfloor heating, subdued night lights, blackout blinds and frosted glass doors which become transparent at the touch of a wall mounted touchpad and identical controls are available for aircon and blinds. The shower features two static and removable shower heads as well as a surprise ceiling mounted set-up for a waterfall effect. The mirror in our bathroom also included an embedded TV screen and speakers in the ceiling – yes, you can enjoy Sky Movies HD while sat on the toilet.

At ground level, there’s a 16 seater bar lounge with a 103 inch 3D TV and Bistrot on The Square, the hotel restaurant which offers two courses from £22.95. We sampled the continental only breakfast and had a chance to see fellow guests. Almost exclusively male, we overheard chatter about Google, software development and sport at 11am on a Sunday morning.

If you’re visiting London and want a relaxed, well-equipped and private hide-out, the 39 rooms of Eccleston Square hotel are ideal. You won’t find a rocking hotel bar or an army of staff but from the minute you walk through the discreet automatic door to the reception, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that the in-room entertainment is top notch and, crucially, you won’t have to call reception and explain to someone that you have a poor Wi-Fi signal…

Rooms start at £155 and you can find at more via Eccleston Square Hotel

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