Sardón de Duero, Spain—Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the abbey hotel and winery dating from 1146 in Spain’s Duero wine region, is 900 years old but it’s the first hotel in Europe to offer its guests Google Glass technology.
“Google Glass is the next step in our complete transformation from an ancient and storied abbey to a sophisticated modern hotel offering the highest level of luxury and service in a sublime historic ambiance,” said Andres Araya, managing director of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine. “With Google Glass, we are introducing our guests to an exciting new 21st-century experience in a 12th-century setting.”
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has eight of the wearable computers available for guest use. LeDomaine’s guests can enjoy the many apps and functions of Google Glass, such as: taking pictures (with a verbal command or just the blink of your eye) to post and share on social media in real time; making short videos; watching videos about LeDomaine including a general hotel video and a LeDomaine Art Tour; stargazing with a GPS-based app that allows users to see the alignment of the stars above at that moment in time; browsing information on the Internet that has been formatted for Google Glass; and making phone calls. The photos that guests take with their Google Glass are downloaded to a memory stick for them to take home. As new apps become available for Google Glass, LeDomaine is adding them.