Totally Wired: Mandarin Oriental, NYC

High-speed Internet access is just one high-tech amenity of New York’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The management just spent an average of $27,000 per room with cutting-edge technology, home entertainment and communications. So in elegant 1940s style furnishings, you’ll also get large flat-screen LCD TVs to read your text and fax messages, listen to your voicemail, or view your laptop.

With 97 channels (10 in Hi-Def) and dozens of on-demand movies, you may never want to leave your room or even look out the floor-to-ceiling windows for views of Central Park, the Hudson or the Manhattan skyline. Opulence is virtually guaranteed in your choice of Standard, Deluxe Double, or View rooms.

But it will cost you. How’s $600/night for all the techno wizardry you can eat? It’s all made possible, including ports for laptops, iPods and Xbox consoles on request from KoolConnect, a six-year-old firm specializing in offering business travelers the same type of personalized entertainment experience they get at home.

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Posted by Gil Zeimer on July 08, 2005 in Travel

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