The Wallpaper* traveller is an acutely discerning, quietly demanding type. Tech savvy and hardwired to trends in contemporary aesthetics, a connoisseur of bed-linen thread counts and a rigorous evaluator when it comes to the functions of fixtures and fittings, standards of hospitality, service and comfort, the Wallpaper* traveller asks for the simple stuff to be dealt with efficiently when a hotel is booked.
A modern, touch-pad system for lighting and entertainment that doesn’t need a master’s degree in circuitry to operate. Jet lag-beating black-out blinds. Thick walls that deaden the sound of exterior or neighbouring activities. A remote control unit that will turn off the flat screen with one, obviously telegraphed touch, even after a couple of visits to the mini bar. A robust and reliable internet connection. A Niagara-force power shower. Plush pillows. Super-fast room service. Is that too much to ask?
But perhaps most of all, because the Wallpaper* traveller is a long-haul, schedule-centric kind of globe hopper, no tiresome queues at check-in and check-out. This last stipulation takes on particular significance in the thrilling, maximum city of Las Vegas, where every minute of a 48- or 72-hour visit is timetabled for enjoyment and entertainment. Even on a business trip.
At a cost of some $8.8bn, and designed by Argentine-American architect César Pelli, the ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, is setting new standards in luxury modern hospitality. State-of-the-art technology, from easy mobile check-in to cutting-edge bedroom tech and best-in-class Wi-Fi, ensures that a visit runs smoothly and proficiently – even before the bellhop hauls your luggage up to your room.
Everything required for the perfect Vegas vacation is at the Wallpaper* traveller’s fingertips, meaning that there’s less time planning, waiting and queuing and more time spent at, say, one the resort’s 16 superb restaurants, its myriad cocktail bars, its spa and salon or, perhaps, perusing the hotel’s specially curated collection of fine art.
The service starts with ARIA’s Mobile Check-In, a tool that enables guests to use their smartphones to check into their hotel room 24 hours prior to arrival. It’s a customer-friendly application that is a breeze to operate; a reminder email is sent to your address on the morning of your reservation. You click ‘Check-In Now’ for a confirmation note and your room number. On arrival at the ARIA’s grand lobby, you skip the lines for front desk and head directly to the Mobile Key Window, where your keys are ready for pick up.
In the ARIA resort’s rooms, all the Wallpaper* traveller’s demands are met. And more. On entry, lights gently power up and curtains draw magically open to reveal panoramic views of the Vegas cityscape. At the occupant’s loyal service is a 10in tablet that functions as a control panel for lighting, music, room temperature and takes care of the door’s ‘do not disturb’ notice. One-touch buttons request housekeeping service or privacy, order take-out, breakfast in bed, spa treatments or arrange for you to sample the multifaceted delights of the Jewel nightclub from the Hakkasan group.
The Wallpaper* traveller is impressed.