In contrast to the majority of the hospitality industry actively embracing the digital revolution of smart technologies, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Hotel Monaco Chicago, the Quincy hotel in Washington, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and Lake Placid Lodge have all introduced a ‘digital detox’ package.
The hotels simply ask travellers to surrender their smartphones, tablets and laptops upon check-in, and offer non-digital entertainment options instead, such as board games and books. Some even unplug in-room televisions, while others provide complimentary spa treatments or sporting activities as incentives.
According to a recent survey by global financial services company American Express, 79% of travellers expect to remain connected to their mobile devices during their holiday. While the digital detox trend appears to be gathering some momentum in the US, there are currently no similar schemes elsewhere. That suggests this fad will be short-lived, as our reliance upon technology doesn’t seem to be waning.