World's Top Geek Hotels
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From cutting-edge gadgets to library chic, these hotels
are sure to make you geek out.
count is essential for some guests. Others check in for the views or a buzz-worthy
restaurant. But for geeks, a hotel is nothing without a high-tech gadget, a
high-concept gimmick, or a connection to something the geek world holds dear
(paging Star Wars fans).
brave new world we live in, free Wi-Fi doesn’t cut it anymore. As with many of
the wonderful technical advances we take for granted, geek hotels owe a lot to
Steve Jobs. The late Apple maestro made using technology so accessible that it
has become easier to interact with an iPhone than a doorknob. Touch-screen
technology has infiltrated hotels worldwide; one in Switzerland allows diners
to use an iPad to view dinner being prepared and even chat with the chef.
with his appealing, intuitive design sense and seize-the-moment attitude, also
endowed geekiness with a certain cool. It comes with the specialized knowledge
and passion typical of geeks, whether for coding or clever wordplay. Groups like Brooklyn’s Secret Science Club—think date-night
lectures from NASA scientists and Nobel Prize winners—make flaunting your inner
geek sexy. And there are plenty of role models, real (Tina Fey) and imagined
Today’s geeks want to be
heard, and hotels are listening. In New York, the central conceit
behind the Library Hotel is entire floors and individual rooms ordered
according to the Dewey Decimel system.
Architecture aficionados can
get in touch with their inner Le Corbusier at the Hotel Silken Puerta América,
in Madrid, which brings the world’s greatest architects under one roof. For
guests who consider Pritzker prizes more important than the Oscars, it’s the
hotels exist all over the world, from New York to San Francisco, Tunisia to
Hong Kong. Some of the properties on our list offer traditional
inducements—beautiful views, enviable locations—along with their more esoteric
offerings. But much like geekdom itself, many of the hotels largely ignore the
outside world in favor of their own awe-inspiring reality.
your own passion to the check-in counter at one of these top geek hotels.