New Hotel Technology

New Hotel Technology

At the 185-suite grand luxe Riverparc in Miami (opened, as was the Sheraton Grande, last September), guests get three keys: one to the elevator leading to their floor, one to the suite itself, and one to the suite’s combined bar and refrigerator. Touch-sensitive keyboards are connected to the suites’ televisions; they are in turn connected to a satellite-transmitted national computer network offering a variety of services including a “travel club” (listing travel and tour bargains for members); restaurant listings (displayed by name, city, cuisine and proximity to the hotel); in-room shopping through an electronic “catalogue”; airline listings through the electronic version of the Official Airline Guide; electronic mail (allowing, for example, the home office to send its salesmen messages even if it does not know exactly what hotel they are staying in, or salesmen to send in daily sales reports)f video games and special entertainment programming; news and stock reports; and even job listings.

These three examples are typical of the explosion of hotel technology that has taken place since the beginning of the ‘eighties. A recently published survey conducted by Chervenak, Keane & Company on behalf of the american Hotel & Motel Association (AH&MA) found, for example, that, of 2,800 U.S. hotels responding, the number of hotels equipped with smoke/fire detectors has increased four-fold since 1980 (about 70 percent of the hotels have them installed or on order); that more than 800 have installed satellite earth stations (compared to one as of late 1979); that there has been more than a 50 percent increase since 1980 in the number of properties using data processing; and that, since that time, there has been a four-fold increase in the availability of such entertainment amenities as in-room movies. Significant recent advances have also occurred in security and energy management systems. The micro-processor chip has made inroads everywhere, and the lines between each of these separate technologies have become increasingly blurred as hotels move towards what are referred to in hotel circles as “multiple discipline” technologies. In the current overbuilt marketplace, nobody checks into a hotel expecting just a bed for the night. Guest expectations are high, as they come to expect services they are used to at home or in the office (e.g., in-room computer terminals); the stakes–and costs-for the operators are high, too: as the saying goes, there is nothing so perishable as an unsold room-night.

The Workroom

Computer room

Computer room

The in-room computer firms now beginning to make inroads in the lodging market may, like the system at Miami’s Riverparc, offer a large grab bag of services at a price, or, like a system now installed in 450 guest rooms at the Amfac Hotel & Resort at the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport, offer some services (restaurant listings, emergency safety instruction) free, with the remainder of the services with a similar “sign-on” fee and per-minute (or hour) cost. The latter services may include word processing (not offered elsewhere); software for the system has been designed to be extremely “user-friendly: guests desiring information about local events, for example, touch any key on the touch-sensitive board to move on the next video “page” of the “menu.”

Video Room

Video Room

An in-room video system recently installed at the Doubletree In at Scottsdale Mall, Arizona, offers informational services–one per television channel–accessed via remote channel selector. These services include city information; interactive video games allowing guests to play with one another from room to room nand including the “joysticks” to manipulate them); video music on a “juke-box”-style channel; and an “express check-out” system, by which guests may call up their billing on the screen and approve payment through a major credit card–at no service charge.

Information Room

Information Room

Similar in-room information and entertainment systems are scheduled to be introduced in the “Quality Choice Suite” concept recently announced by Quality Inns. The suites (really large rooms with extra amenities like in-room oversize bathtubs) are to be incorporated in standardized 120-room hotels built using modular construction techniques, at a cost exclusive of land estimated at $24,500 per room, plus $4,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E)–comparing very favorably with luxury hotel construction tags of $100,000 per room and up.

Check-In/Check-Out Solutions

Check-In and Check-Out Systems

Other computerized check-in and check-out systems have been developed by a number of firms for lobby locations. The terminals are similar to an automated bank teller: when the arriving guest inserts his credit card, the system checks it against lost or stolen cards, asks if the name and address given are correct, requests the desired bed size, and assigns a room. The guest receives a reservation card, which he takes to another counter where a room key is ready. The system was installed last August at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago; Hyatt has announced plans to install the system at other of its 70 U.S. and 41 foreign properties.

Still other systems now on the market combine the lobby “express check-out” function with the capability to generate hard-copy printouts for restaurant and local event information–even maps, if desired. Simpler lobby installations provide informational functions only, using a touch-sensitive television monitor screen (with no keyboard commands for the uninitiated to master).

The Safety Equipment

Safety Equipment

General levels of fire and life safety equipment in hotels are dictated by local codes and standards set by the parent hotel corporation. Many of these standards have been tightened in the wake of the loss of life sustained in a number of major hotels over the last two to three years. Smoke/fire detectors have quickly become ubiquitous in new construction and in order buildings via hardwire retrofits; often these are supplemented by mandatory sprinkler systems, both in guest rooms and public spaces (these can be recessed and covered for aesthetic reasons, but the consensus among architects and hoteliers is to purposely let them show, as a reassurance to guests). The Atlanta Ramada Renaissance, for example, is typical of the better-equipped new properties, incorporating as it does both sprinkler and smoke detector systems and sensors in some areas detecting rapid changes in room temperature (more dependable than smoke detectors in areas that than smoke detectors in areas that may be smoky anyway, such as bars), as well as pressurized stairwells to keep smoke out of escape routes. There is a two-way speaker on the wall of each guest room, allowing fire-fighters or other emergency cres to speak to guestroom occupants and get responses independently–a sort of belt and suspenders approach. Speakers are camouflaged with fabric screens to avoid giving guests the uneasy sensation that someone is listening in on them.

Warning systems in use in other hotels range from a phone system that can ring individual rooms or floors in case of emergency, avoiding the need for blaring general alarms, and giving management a fix on which rooms to check if a room known to be occupied gives no answer; “talking” exit signs that direct guests through what may be smoke-filled corridors (often supplemented by the simple placement of emergency signage at base-board level, where it may be seen by those at crawling height). Centralized systems are controlled from one or more “annunciator panels”; at Four Seasons Hotels these are supplemented by firefighters’ phone jacks in the elevator lobbies and stairwells for instant direct communication with the fire chief.

Further advances in hotel technology will see the progressive blurring of the separate telecommunications, security, fire and life safety, information, entertainment and energy management functions with that of a centralized computer control system at each hotel. Just as this system will take care of the guest after he arrives, the reservation system will take care of him before. What has happened, however, is that the reservation system has now come to be used for other functions as well. Holiday Inns uses its Holidex II reservations system for electronic funds transfer for the company-owned hotels; Holidex II terminals may also be used by hotel employees to train themselves at their own pace.


Service has always been a major factor in determining hotel quality, but service has now begun to take on advanced technological overtones, with new opportunities for guests and with new demands for the designers who must accommodate the equipment. We’ve come a long way from the tourist cabin.

Interior Design Ideas: Department of Design

Department of Design

Most of the structural work was concentrated on the fifteen floors of guest rooms, where each was given new wiring and bathroom fixtures. Many of the existing suites were broken up into single rooms or studios, the latter comprising bedroom, small living room and kitchenette at a lesser price than a traditional suite. As a result, the new American Stanhope has an increased room count of 276. The first floor retained its configuration with entry lobby, dining room, lounge and bar; the second floor was restructed to accommodate offices and four function rooms named, after the country’s railroads, the Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe and Wichita. Also, one entire floor has been leased for ten years to a large corporation. It was planned to meet the firm’s specifications, yet it still adheres to the established motif.

corridor of guest room floorAs a result of Ms. Russell’s efforts, the American Stanhope has become a veritable museum of 19th-century American antiques and artworks, with paintings being primarily fine examples from the Hudson River School. Each guest room is furnished entirely with antiques; each guest room and floor corridor has its own color palette based on hues authentic to the period.

Service rooms, too, portray a different aspect of America. The dining room, with strictly American fare. is named the Saratoga, and intimates classic elegance of the Northeast through such elements as a pale yellow and blue palette, Empire furnishings, mirrored columns and jardinieres of potted palms. The Red Jacket bar, as contrast, was planned with the Southwest in mind. Sand colors and artworks of an American Indian motif establish the theme. The lounge, suitable for tea, cocktails or light dining, takes its decor theme from its name–“The Furnished Room,” as in the O’Henry tale. This space recalls a Victorian parlor that might be found anywhere in urban America. It is, Ms. Russell comments, particularly appearling to female executives who may be reticent to dine alone in a more formal setting or sit in a bar.

From where one might logically ask, did all this come? “I got to know a lot of dealers personally,” Ms. Russell responds, and names sources in North Carolina, Detroit, Massachusetts and New York as evidence of her far-reaching combing. Auctions were another prime source–not only the major New York events at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Christie’s East and the William Doyle Galleries, but also small country auctions. In assembling the painting collection, the designer worked in close collaboration with the Hirschl & Adler Gallery, purchasing many of the works and arranging for others to be on extended loan. It took almost two years to assemble the art, she reports, since even the gallery did not own the amount of work at the requested caliber.

Thus, says Ms. Russell, “the assumption that we [Americans] don’t have anything is not correct. The value of American 19th-century art and antiques has gone up increasingly; they are probably worth considerably more than English 19th-century antiques.” Analyzing the market over the past three years, she also notes a tripling in prices and increasing scarcity of furnishings from the era. “There’s a whole awakening of Americana,” she says. “Our Empire period is comparable to the French Second Empire, but ours is more diverse with the different woods used and the influences from other countries.”

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Interior Design Ideas for Your Modern Home

Interior Design Ideas for Your Modern Home

Modern Interior Design Ideas

Interiors are organized along logical lines given the residence’s double-volume composition. Private areas (two bedrooms, two baths) are housed in the long, low sector with views to the garden and jungle, while the taller component accommodates public areas including living room, dining room, kitchen, a glass-roofed triangular orchid greenhouse and guest bedroom on the ground floor plus a balcony level den and study overlooking the living area. Here, views are oriented both to the water and the jungle.

entertainment areas

Elaborating on the room count, Abbott adds that much-used exterior living/entertainment areas are also an important element in the building’s design. First, the structure is lifted, and covered seating areas under the house are used for entertaining. Then, there are a seating area at the end of the dock and a 35-ft.-high roof-top deck in addition to the porch running the length of the living room.

Although it might appear otherwise, the interiors were definitely not an afterthought worked into the building’s shell. Instead, Abbott says, “the interiors grew along with the exterior.’ He continues by explaining that while he definitely wanted the dual-form exterior in order to use the site to optimal advantage, he knew at the same time that certain interior elements–the three-story entry and the suspended level–were crucial. Inside, the same bleached western cedar is used as construction material for the balcony and for the posts and cross members of the window walls. The other dominant material is unglazed Mexican Saltillo tile, this the only specific clients’ request coupled with their vague desire for an informal residence conducive to entertaining.

Furnishings are a melange of such 20th-century classics as the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs, table and benches mixed with antiques of varied origins and periods. What is especially pleasing is that the effect, rather than appearing studied, looks as if it might be the result of years of personal collecting. And this, to an extent, tells the situation. Indeed, some of the pieces had been family-owned while others were purchased and arranged on the advice of interiors consultant Dale Montgomery of McMillen Inc. collaborating with the architect.

  • Above: Exterior view of glass-fronted elevations with the stucco anchor wall to the left. Although it is not visible in this photograph, a semicircular swimming pool painted lapis lazuli blue and a deck extend the reach of the house from the entry ramp (see plan). Opposite: View from the dining room looking through the entry to the living room with its double-height ceiling and suspended balcony. Mixed with the classic Mies pieces are antiques–some from the owners’ collection, others either purchased from dealers or supplied from interior designer Dale Montgomery’s own stock. The horse is an Italian bronze by Ventura; the mobile is by New York artist Spooner.
  • Left: Close-up of part of the living room showing a marble card table with Chinese teak chairs, an Indian teak screen and blue and white Chinese porcelains. Below: The living room’s main seating group is at the window facing the Sarasota bay and the ramp leading to the water. The reclining nude, the owners’ prized piece, is by Zuniga. In addition to ceiling fans, a large exhaust fan at the entry supplements the natural ventilation.


Masterbuilt 20070512 40-Inch Front Controller Electric Smoker with Window and RF Controller

Smoke your products anytime and anywhere with the convenience of Masterbuilt Electric smoker. Nothing makes an outdoor activity more fun than to enjoy food soaked with authentic smoked taste. Every weekend is a smoking day thanks to electric smokers. Smoking made fast and easy.

Benefits of using electric smokers

Benefits of using electric smokers

Are you tired with all the thick smoke and tedious preparations just to get that taste you are looking for? Don’t forget to mention all the effort and one small mistake and everything goes to the trash bin. Conventional smoking methods were never for the inexperienced to start with. All the more reasons to move to electrical smokers.

  • Portable – Preparing the stand, charcoal and the cooking tray then the weather changes and you are left with an immobile device left to soak under the rain. All the effort of smoking gone down the drain. Electric smokers are designed to be portable, to be easily transferred from place to place no matter the weather or environment.
  • Filth free – charcoal dust is the main problem with conventional smoking methods. It’s thick and hard to wash. Eliminate the need for charcoal with the use of electric smokers. You also eliminate fly ash and unwanted thick smoke for better enjoyment.
  • Safe – you just can’t deny that red hot charcoals impose a threat for burns not only for the elders but also for the touchy and curious young ones. It is inevitable for children to either hit the grill whilst running or be too anxious to get the meat off the grill. With electric smokers, you are now able to eliminate that fear, with insulated concealment design surely to keep heat in and prevent any accidental burns.
  • Cleaning made easy – charcoal burns unexpectedly, you leave it a few moments and by the time you come back, you now have pieces of charred meat on one side and uncooked on the other. The worst part is that it’s nearly impossible to remove those charred meat sticking on the grill. Electric smokers are controlled digitally and keep uniform temperature all throughout preventing charred meat on any part of your grill. Also, with removable racks, cleaning is made even easier.

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40” features

  • 40 inches – with a total height of 40 inches, this leaves you with 900 square inches of cooking area throughout on 4 racks. Guarantying a large amount of products to be smoked simultaneously for non-stop enjoyment.
  • Digit panel –say goodbye to manually controlling rate of burning of charcoal with digital control panels that regulate temperature, smoke quantity and even works as a timer. The electric smoker even has a built-in meat probe to give you an idea how hot your meat is cooking. The panel is blue LED backlit an additional feature to help you navigate even under the sunlight.
  • Remote control – the new Masterbuilt smoker is installed with a built-in remote control allowing you to take control even if you are from a distance.
  • Built-in light – get an even closer look on your meat with an illuminated interior thanks to the addition of built-in lights. You now get to know how your meat really looks like without the need to constantly stop and open your electric smoker.

Why the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40” is the Best Smoker?

  • Large capacity – you will surely never run out of products to eat thanks to the large maximum capacity of products that this device can hold.
  • Portable – with inaccurate forecast, it is every smoker’s nightmare to see the skies start to darken. The Bradley smoker is pre-installed with wheels and a carrying handle for you to easily carry it from one place to another similarly like a stroller.
  • Price –only at a slashed down price of $299.98 you get the best worth of your money. Durability, functionality and longevity all in one. Plus a maximum heat temperature of 275 Fahrenheit that is not present in most smokers.

The only thing wrong with this smoker

  • Cord is short – the company forgot to make an investment on their wiring. The power cord is too short to be of any practical use. This could have at least been improved, but nevertheless, this is easily fixed with an extension wire. It’s just plane annoying for some.

Frequently asked questions?

  • “How many watts is it going to consume?” – 800 watts
  • “Will the window eventually turn opaque after a few uses?” – no matter what you smoke or how thick the smoke is, as long as you clean it after every use, there wouldn’t be any visual issues with the front glass panel.
  • “Is it safe to use overnight?” – Nothing is totally safe since there are probability of short circuits. If you use the timer and disregarding any issues, yes, it’s safe.


Smoked-RibsThe Masterbuilt electric smoker is made for all kinds of people to use. It is an all-around device but if you are in need of a portable or picnic type smoker then you might need to find a different type. All in all, you will find this suitable for most situations of smoking different products. It gets the job done and is much better to use than most conventional smoking means.

Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill

Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and GrillDeep fry and boiling are the only two things that can be easily done to cook your food. Sometimes, these processes is so repetitive that you just want to find another way to prepare your food. Grilling is another alternative way but is going to take a lot of tedious effort.

Thanks to the Brinkmann Gourmet smoker and grill, grilling and smoking has been made easy without the risk of losing the authentic taste you are looking for. It is easy to clean, keep and set-up for regular smoking and grilling.

Customer Benefits of Using an Electric Grill

Benefits of Using an Electric Grill

Grilling and smoking is a long and tedious task if done the conventional method. If you want to do it in a much simpler and faster fashion then an electric smoker is a probable choice. You won’t be losing the authentic taste and you are guaranteed with numerous benefits.

It is common that you will be having a steak that is burned in one area and uncooked on the other. This is because you cannot control to burn your coal equally. One part of the grill is going to be hotter than the other. You won’t be having this problem if you go with electric grillers since heat is collected and distributed evenly all throughout for uniform cooking.

  • Less supervision

In the conventional manner, you need to keep on manually burning the charcoal. This is eliminated in an electric grill since you have an electronic heating element that will keep your wood chips burning. This provides continuous and efficient combustion without unnecessary unburnt chunks of wood chips.

  • Smoke and ash control

Smoke is the greatest problem with grilling because it is the major irritant in both the eyes and the nose. Same goes for ash that will even stick to your food. With electric grillers, the smoke and ash are not eliminated but instead are controlled. Smoke goes through a small pipe while ash is caught in an ash tray which can be easily cleaned.

  • Compact

Electric smokers are smaller than your conventional grill since you only have to place a small amount of wood chips to efficiently flavor your products. In this manner, electric smokers are built to be high instead of wide so as to easy to keep and put away.

Features of the Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill

Features of the Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill

  • Wooden handles

It is at least equipped with handles and are made of wood. This is great especially that you would at least expect to transfer your grill from pace to place. If they were made with metal then you would have to keep mitts on which could be a hassle.

  • 2 chrome-plated steel cooking grills

Thanks to chrome plating, you are assured that you are not going to have problems of burnt meat or sticky grease holding to tightly on your grills. This guarantees easy to clean grills after you prepare your meal. Also, it is made with steel that could hold up to a total weight of 50 pounds of food. Strong enough that you wouldn’t be having doubts that they might break with all the weight of the meat.

  • 1500 watt heating element plus lava rocks

When you’re grilling meat, you want two things to dominate, the heat and the smoke. With a 1500 watt heating element, you are surely going to produce a lot of heat to keep your wood burning. There is also the addition of lava rocks which contributes to the production of thicker smoke for greater taste.

  • Porcelain coated steel

Porcelain is heat resistant and is used to line the interior of this grill. This prevents the external of grill to reach a staggering amount of heat which makes it safer than your conventional grilling method. No more accidental burns as well as the hassle to transfer your grill from one place to another.

  • Front hinged door

To get access with your products inside, you only have to open a front hinged door for easy access. You will not be greeted with a lot of smoke since the smoke rises to the top of the dome shaped lid.


  • Easy to use
  • High capacity
  • High maximum temperature
  • Portable
  • Durable


  • Non-digital

Frequently asked questions

  • “Does fish smoking go great with this one?” – It does, most people actually use this grill exclusively for salmon
  • “Is this capable of cooking an 8 pound rib?” – Yes and it will only take you at about an average time of 4 hours
  • “Can it be used for indoors?” – Preferably not since the smoke release from the pipe is intense


If you are the person who is in need of a simpler method of grilling then this one is for you. You keep the authentic taste without all the hassle. It only costs at an average price of $108 which makes it all that affordable. Paired with all its features and durability, this is a grill worth giving a try.