NEXT Hotel Brisbane opens with focus on smartphone technology

Smart phones control everything at the newest hotel in Brisbane, Australia — to the point where guests don’t even have to speak to staff. NEXT Hotel in the Queen Street Mall officially opened its doors last week with a focus on technology.

Singapore-based SilverNeedle Hospitality splashed out about $120 million in the redesign, which double its capacity to 304 rooms. But technology was a key focus of the redesign.

A smartphone app, for iPhones and Androids, can be used to check into the hotel, turn the phone into a key card for the hotel room as well as set temperature and lighting for the room remotely.

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SilverNeedle managing director Iqbal Jumabhoy said the smart phone technology was a first for Australia.

It will include free Wi-Fi, as well as up to four free minibar items each day.
Jumabhoy said the hotel was fully booked for the G20, with a mix of journalists, business travelers and government officials from around the world.

It is expected to be a 4.5 star hotel but is yet to be officially graded.

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