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4 High-Tech Hotels to Try

Get more than just a good night's sleep the next time you travel on business. These hotels have super-fast Internet, cool gadgets, and more.
Guests at The Marlin Hotel in Miami get an iPad to control the climate, lighting, and more in their rooms.
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Finding a hotel for the night when you are traveling for business can be mundane. If you're like me, you'll pull up a site like Expedia.com and look for the best rate at hotels closest to your next meeting.

But there is a whole range of high-tech hotels that offer something more. For those who need to stay connected, give a presentation in a conference room, or just tap into a high-speed network, these temporary digs fit the bill--and still offer good rates and soft mattresses.

1. The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center
Location: Denver, CO
Some hotels claim to offer high-tech features but really only have high-speed wireless in the room. In the conference center at the Inverness Hotel, you can connect your iPad to a projector wirelessly and stream a presentation. By the end of this year, the hotel will upgrade the wireless projectors to high definition. The conference center is also outfitted with super-fast 100Mbps Internet.

2. Conrad New York
Location: New York City
This hotel, which opened in March, has a unique offering: a virtual concierge app you can use either during your visit or before you arrive for the night. With the app, you can order movie tickets that will be delivered to the front desk, specify that you'd like a hypoallergenic room, make dinner reservations in the hotel restaurant, and even configure your wake-up call.

3. Intercontinental Hotel
Location: San Francisco
One of the most popular charging locations for electric cars is the hotel garage, primarily because you can leave a car to charge overnight. At the Intercontinental in San Francisco, you can use a fast-charging ECOtality Blink charger. The stations are free to use, and those who charge up their EV will also help with the EV Project to help determine who is charging and where.

4. The Marlin Hotel
Location: Miami
Every guest at The Marlin Hotel in Miami can borrow an iPad to control the lighting in their room, the TV, music, the shades, and even see the two security camera feeds in the parking lot. When you control the lights, you can adjust the brightness level and enable different lighting zones within the room. The TV is connected to an Apple TV set-top box where you can download movies.

Stayed in any high-tech hotels? Tell me about it in the comments.

Last updated: Sep 14, 2012

JOHN BRANDON | Columnist

John Brandon is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine covering technology. He writes the Tech Report column for Inc.com.

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