First Hotel to Offer In-Room iPads

Published: May 6th 2010
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Can't get enough of the iPad? Now you can get it on your next vacation. The next time you hop off to Great Britain, whether you're on a business trip or you just fancy taking some quirky photos with the royal guards, you might want to consider booking a night at the Berkeley hotel in London. Why you ask? The luxury London hotel is offering an iPad for guests staying in their master suites, for a mere £2,000 a night, which is a bit over $3,000 US in case you were wondering.

The Berkeley, a classic-yet contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Knightsbridge (past clients include Madonna and Mischa Barton) is bragging that as "the official UK launch of the iPad (is) still not upon us, you can be sure that our guests will be amongst the first to experience the delights of this new innovation".


This past weekend marked the introduction of Apple's latest must-have device into all the hotel's suites: the Berkeley, Conservatory and Chelsea suites. The iPads are offered for reading the daily newspapers as well as visiting the surrounding attractions as chosen by Berkeley's concierge. They will also be pre-loaded with a range of games and videos. Guests will be shown how to use the iPad at check-in. The hotel says it plans its own apps by the end of the year.

To be frank, it is not actually the first hotel to have iPads, but it is the first one to offer an in-room iPad service. This comes after another hotel chain, the InterContinental, started using iPads in their hotel lobbies all over the world (London, New York, Honk Kong) to give directions to nearby venues.

As desperate as some Apple groupies may be to start messing around with the iPad, we do hope they realize that buying one, when they will be available worldwide, would work out cheaper than the cost of staying one night at the Berkeley hotel – no matter how soft their pillows may be.


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