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5 hotel apps to download now

In this increasingly digital world, the masses of travelers carrying smartphones expect a plethora of amenities and information for any trip in the palm of their hand. Fortunately, many luxury hotels happily comply, creating apps that offer guests a wide range of services before they even set foot on the premises, or even on the mainland for that matter. Pick up your phone (or iPad) and listen. Here are five hotel apps that the editors of the Forbes Travel Guide think are worth downloading before your next adventure around the world.

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MO Hotels – Mandarin Oriental

Even when your destination is halfway around the world, your smartphone can hold all the details you need to book a top-notch stay. Mandarin Oriental’s MO Hotels app provides users with access to a wealth of information on the global selection of hotel range properties. Fancy a trip to the Forbes Five-Star Mandarin Oriental ‚Macao Travel Guide? Simply open the app and tap the ‘Our Hotels’ tab to navigate a 3D rendered globe with each Mandarin Oriental hotel identified for ease. From there, call, book, or get details on dining options (like Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s Vida Rica Restaurant and Bar), view photos of rooms and suites, and more. But the application is not limited to setting foot in the door of a Mandarin Oriental. Tap “Cities By MO” to find a curated selection of area attractions, dining, nightlife, and shopping (all with description and contact information) in each of Mandarin Oriental’s home towns. Also, don’t worry about being kicked out of the app with its appealing design and cramped browser screen – every section of MO Hotels is integrated into the app. iOS; free.

Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts

Simplicity can often be the most engaging way to convey information, which the Ritz-Carlton’s app seems to really understand. While you won’t find a lot of flashy graphics (aside from a visually appealing rotating header image), the app has in-depth information on the full line of The Ritz-Carlton hotels featured in a series. easy-to-navigate icons and lists. Heading to Ohio for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland? Just two clicks into the app and you have access to a photo library, contact information, booking possibilities (with current packages available), area activities with local weather forecasts, and dining options. even information about meetings and weddings. Another cool feature is the built-in QR scanner which is handy for getting information like wine pairings (at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong) or digital scavenger hunts (like at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin with QR codes). revealing clues at each stop) from Ritz-Carltons codes. iOS, Android; free.

The electronic butler St. Regis New York

While most hotel apps are great preparation for an upcoming trip (finding activities, focusing on hotel specifics, etc.), the St. Regis New York E-Butler app is a great way to go. remarkable choice for its much more direct approach. Sent as a link after booking, the app allows guests to chat directly with their butler and hotel concierge staff in real time with just a tap, check babysitting services and children’s activities for the family traveler to order gifts such as flower arrangements. The St. Regis has also assembled a star-studded list of renowned personalities, each providing a personal list of favorite places in the city, from Chef Alain Ducasse’s Favorite Park (the Conservatory Garden in Central Park) to one of the chosen restaurants. by fashion designer Jason Wu., Momofuku Ssäm Bar. Each entry comes with a description of the star and access to all the information a potential visitor might need. E-Butler users can also find a wealth of general information about New York City in categories such as fashion, dining, arts and culture. iOS; free.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

A visit to Sin City can be quite hectic without having to search up and down the chunks of the city and hold onto any information you might need. When you check into your room at Caesars Palace – we suggest Forbes Four-Star The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace travel guide for an even more luxurious stay – this handy app is your one-stop guide and assistant for your Caesars and Las Vegas . to live. In-room options like ordering room service, requesting repairs, and even scheduling a wake-up call to navigation and booking a treatment (try the refreshing Morning Dew) at Qua Baths & Spa, the application is a complete tool for your stay. When it’s time to leave the comfort of your room and hit town, you’ve got you covered, too. Browse a list of the best restaurants in town, such as the Forbes Travel Guide, five-star Guy Savoy Restaurant, plan your night out researching the best clubs in famous nightlife, buy tickets to Vegas shows and more . iOS, Android; free.

InterContinental Cookbook

Even when you’re not traveling the world, it’s easy to whet your appetite for the kind of fine dining available on the road. The InterContinental Kitchen Cookbook app for iPad features a collection of recipes from many trips by executive chefs to InterContinental hotels around the world, such as the Forbes Five-Star InterContinental Hong Kong Travel Guide. Browse recipes by name, course or location or, if you’re feeling spontaneous, let the app pull a random recipe for you. You are then presented with beautiful images of the dishes (hopefully reflecting your final product) and easy-to-follow steps on how to create them. And if, in your haste, you discover that you are missing all the ingredients for scallops accompanied by a strawberry gazpacho or an Eastern Star garoupa (grouper) with Yunnan ham, create a shopping list or share the recipe on your social media to see if you can borrow from a helpful neighbor. iOS; free. —Alex Skjong