I know how much you love a good gadget-pimped hotel, which is why I thought I'd share the news about The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL getting a total-teched out section of the hotel called the Vue lounge — Vue standing for (virtual user experience). Not your typical hotel gaming room that often features a console and a TV, nope, the Vue lounge boasts Mac stations, iPod docks, a 63-inch LCD TV with a Blu-ray player, a Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, a Nintendo Wii, PlayStation, XBox 360 and more. They even host Wii fitness classes and bowling tournaments, which are all complimentary to resort guests. I guess if you've got kids, or are an avid gamer, or even if you want to take some of these games for a test drive, this hotel may be worth looking at.
Lately I've been reading a lot about hotels attempting to spice up rooms with some technological edge or another. In New York, there's already a Pod Hotel, which comes fully equipped with iPod docking stations, free WiFi and LCD TVs. Hyatt hotels are also planning to add iPod-ready iHome clock radio speaker systems to guest rooms in its U.S., Canada and Caribbean properties. According to the International Herald Tribune, "the race is on for hotels to upgrade guest rooms with high-definition flat-screen TV's, iPod docking stations and a wider selection of programming like On Demand." Some are even introducing more movies, music and games, which are usually offered in higher-rate rooms. How do you feel about hotels boasting the latest gadgets and tech gear? Maybe you couldn't care less about gadgetry, but are always on the search for WiFi friendly hotels?