Looking for a eco-friendly Chicago hotel ? Situated in the heart of the city’s loop, right in the center of the restored theater district, theWit – A Doubletree by Hilton is surrounded by some of the city’s great architectural landmarks. Located just steps from the Chicago River, the 27-story structure boasts 298 elegant guest rooms and luxurious suites. Designed in a way to give visitors and guests panoramic views of the city skyline, Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and Millennium Park, it is the city’s newest and greenest boutique hotel.
In building the hotel, construction materials were obtained from responsible sources, and excess materials from the construction process were recycled. Innovative lighting incorporates energy efficiency and fiscal responsibility. According to hotel estimates, theWit is 30 percent more energy efficient than comparable hotels. In 2011, energy conservation practices reduced consumption by no less than 1,237,000 kilowatts yearly, the result of which saved the hotel roughly $98,900 in electricity costs.
Guests and visitors to theWit – A Doubletree by Hilton hotel are greeted by a neon green lightening bolt that runs down the front of the outside. In Chicago, a city known for world class architecture, the lightening bolt points to a landmark in its own right. theWit is one of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world.
Much of the hotel’s sophisticated technology revolves around an IP-based infrastructure that is powered by NEC Univerge IP Solutions, a type of architecture that is designed to improve its clients’ intellectual productivity by unifying multimedia networks. The elaborate system integrates voice and data, and it optimizes mobile facilities by using systems designed for business and industry.
Technology Provides Comfort and Atmosphere
Automation and sensors adjust guest room temperatures by determining where a guest is within a room. There is a FourWinds Interactive digital lobby display that greets guests and visitors upon arrival to the hotel. In public places, carefully-selected audio is used in the common areas so that visitors hear birds singing during the day and crickets chirping in the evening.
Caters to Guests’ Every Need or Request
Hotel guests are treated to a sophisticated phone system with a color VoIP touch screen that allows guests to get weather information, check flights or call for hotel services without ever having to talk to a person. The hotel ensures that all guest requests are answered promptly by arming staff members with an iPod Touch or iPhone. Regardless of the request, the staff member closest to the room is alerted immediately. By filling requests quickly, the hotel ensures the highest level of guest satisfaction.
How Technology at theWit has Evolved
The technology at the hotel began as the vision of founder and creator, Scott Greenberg. He wanted to create a hotel that had such advanced technology that it was unlike any other hotels. He wanted to see a convergence of networking, IPTV guest room entertainment, VoIP touch screen display phone systems, Internet throughout the entire hotel and wireless capabilities, using RFIP and ZigBee wireless solutions.
The moment guests enter the lobby of theWit, they experience high-tech ambience. The sound of birds singing in the lobby is followed by high-tech temperature controls that self-adjust the moment the guest enters their room or suite. The touch screen VoIP telephone technology connects guests with hotel services effortlessly. In-room entertainment uses the latest in video and television technologies. theWit – A Doubletree by Hilton is proof that eco-friendliness, technology and luxury belong together in an upscale boutique hotel.