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Spies (And Tech-Addicts) Like Us: Hotel Offers Internet Kill Switch

Hotel & Resort | Tom Bastek | June 25, 2015

Spies (And Tech-Addicts) Like Us: Hotel Offers Internet Kill Switch

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When the Dan Aykroyd/Chevy Chase movie "Spies Like Us" debuted in 1984, the internet was an infant fresh out of Al Gore’s womb, and there was little need for turning it off. The laborious process that it was to get connected to the internet was enough trouble that people who were on vacation never had to worry about getting on the net, never mind off.

But today’s day and age is decisively more advanced, and turning off isn’t as easy as just getting away from your home or office.  Technology follows you everywhere you go.  Nowadays, you can even wear it.  So the only surprise to what this hotel has done should be in the fact that no one has thought of doing this sooner.  And if you are one of those people who just can’t stop tweeting (or you are a spy), you will love this new amenity.

The Financial Times reports that Villa Stéphanie, a German luxury hotel,  has installed what essentialy is a “kill switch” for the Internet in each room.  The switch, when turned on, activates a copper grid that blocks all wireless signals.  The hotel has also coated all of the room’s walls to eliminate almost 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals seeping in from adjacent rooms.

"It is not a sign of smartness to constantly look at incoming messages," says Frank Marrenbach, chief executive of the Oetker Collection, the owner of Villa Stéphanie. “Smart is to devote time when it is time to do so. Smart is to read things in a profound way.”

Villa Stéphanie is a luxury spa concept that opened its doors Jan. 15, 21015 on the grounds of the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden.  Occupying over 50,00 square meters, this five-story house contains everything you could need for health, beauty, wellbeing and medical attention.

So if you need to take a physical and technological break from life for a while (or if you and your CIA handler need someplace safe to talk), this place would be the perfect escape.  Even if the only piece of technology that you own is a Russian copy of a 1969 Times Digital.


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