Tap into your inner nerd at these gadget-happy hotels

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Interactive touch-screen at The Eliot Suite Hotel in Boston
Interactive touch-screen at The Eliot Suite Hotel in Boston

MSNBC just ran a nice round-up of 10 tech-savvy hotels that go far beyond — yawn — flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. How about those nail polish dryers in the rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo? Cool. And New York’s Pod Hotel made the cut thanks to its free Wi-Fi and “Pod Blog,” a guests-only message board. Fair enough.

But we’ve come across a few cool hotel gadgets that didn’t make the list. Check ’em out after the jump.

1. The Jefferson

  • Location: Downtown, Washington, D.C.
  • Price: $340/night

Hello, room service carts of the future. When, after you’re done eating, you place your cart outside your door , a microchip inside the cart alerts housekeeping to come collect it.

2. Four Seasons Washington D.C.

  • Location: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Price: $685/night

Seasons, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, hands out Kindle electronic readers to guests eating their power breakfasts solo.

3. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills

  • Location: Beverly Hills, California
  • Price: $427/night

Check out this business center, packed with sleek black Macbook laptops.

4. The Eliot Suite Hotel

  • Location: Back Bay, Boston
  • Price: $217/night

Every room has a touch-screen with which guests can order room service, schedule reservations at the James Beard award-winning restaurant, Clio, research kid-friendly attractions and bars, and even schedule turndown service.

5. Geejam

  • Location: Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Price: $316/night

Aside from the 42″ flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, dimmer switches, and DVD players, all rooms in this uber luxe Jamaican resort feature Apple TVs. Sure, it’s Apple’s least successful gadget of the past decade — but it comes pre-programmed with an impressive mix of reggae (Buju Banton to Peter Tosh) and soul music (Curtis Mayfield to Isaac Hayes), as well as three dozen movies.

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