No room at the inn?

That's cos it's chocka with technology

If hotels want to make even more money out of hard-pressed travellers they need to fill their rooms with technology. Business people, it seems, want interactive TVs, printers and Net access in their rooms rather than simply relying on the mini-bar and adult channel for entertainment. So much so, some people are actually booking hotels purely on the level of sophisticated technology available in their rooms. The report -- published by Quadriga, a provider of technology specifically for hotel rooms, coincidentally -- suggests that Net access is just as important to guests as a swimming pool or gym. Beds, apparently, are fast becoming an optional extra. The report also reveals some interesting quirks about national behaviour. The French, apparently, are more likely to unpack their smalls on arrival, look out of the window at the view, and check the bathroom. The survey doesn't say for what. Italians, on the other hand, are more likely to take a shower and less likely to do anything else, whatever that means. And the Brits, predictably, make a beeline for the mini-bar and spend the rest of the time channel hopping. ®

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