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Brief Published: 23 Jan 2015

Infrared Hotel

A Hotel 1000 guest suite

Hotel 1000 in Seattle has installed infrared sensors in its room doors in order to detect occupants and avoid disturbing guests.

The sensors, which detect body heat, allow housekeeping staff to know whether the room is occupied by displaying the results on a door panel, signalling whether they should request to clean the room, or leave guests to rest.

Sleep has become a luxury for increasingly time-poor guests. To combat this, hotel brands are creating rooms and spaces that enhance rest and relaxation. Global hotel chain Westin offers guests wearable sleep monitors, silent alarm clocks and personal sleep coaches, while the Crowne Plaza in Edinburgh, UK has created a designated Quiet Zone. For more on this, see Hotels Embrace Sleep Tech.

Future-thinking hotel brands are using the latest technology to enhance and personalise stays, with particular attention being given to bedroom facilities. For further insight, see Future Service: High-Tech Hospitality.