We all get used to the comfort of our wired environment and when we have to venture out in to the world and heaven forbid stay in a hotel it can be rather traumatic (melodrama added for effect).dreamstime_6617978

Fortunately in this day and age most hotels come equipped with the mod cons but some do it that little bit better than others. Even so it doesn’t hurt to travel prepared so here is a checklist of things to remember to take with you when travelling.

I have also included some links to some of the Best Geek Hotels around the world that I came across on HotelChatter.com

Nothing reeks of geek more than traveling to Tunisia just to spend the night in the real Tatouine, yes it is a real town near Hotel Sidi Driss. Located in Matmata, Tunisia, (weird, how closely the spelling matches the LOTR town) Sidi Driss is essentially a five-pit dwelling of “underground labyrinths and vaulted rooms.”

Ok so first the check list:

  1. Mousemat – Invariably the hotel you are staying it will have a lovely desk, everything is presented beautifully, network point is clipped to the table and it has a beautiful glass table top. Bzzzzzzzz, glass table tops will kill your laser mouse faster than you can say ‘How much for the beer from the mini-bar?’. Do yourself a favour, even if you have a wireless mouse, travel with a mouse mat. You will save yourself a lot of frustration.
  2. Wireless mouse – So you have checked in to your room, finished your work and now it’s time to sit back, relax and have your wallet savaged paying for the in-house movies. Stay with me here folks. Do yourself a favour, grab a couple of DVDs or perhaps some legal downloads, set your laptop up at the end of the bed and use your wireless mouse as a remote control. Imagine how smug you can feel checking out in the morning and having no movies on your bill :-)
  3. Wireless AP – When I purchased a laptop for my mother-in-law many years ago they threw in an ASUS Wireless AP WL-330. This is a great piece of kit and allows me too share my internet connection in the hotel room and create a wireless network that my work colleagues can also connect to. Great when you are travelling with colleagues and all have heaps of work to do, or perhaps just want to play a network game of Doom. Ahhhh the classics never die. Castle of Wolfenstein anyone?
  4. Mobile Broadband – DON’T let your wallet get savaged by in-house broadband charges. Get yourself a mobile broadband plan and just take the USB Mobile Wireless with you. I am hesitant to plug Telstra but there NEXT-G Wireless Broadband is exceptionally good. Another couple of problems with in-house broadband, they often use a proxy server and this can be a bit flaky. Also I have had numerous experiences in hotels where in-house broadband just goes down for no reason at all and the front desk, bless em, never seem to be able to fix it.

And finally here are those links I promised you:

Best Geek Hotels in the World 2009

Best Geek Hotels in the World 2008

Best Geek Hotels in the World 2007

Some of the recommendations are more about the experience; for instance the *. SIDI DRISS, TUNISIA *which comes with the following blurb:

“Nothing reeks of geek more than traveling to Tunisia just to spend the night in the real Tatouine, yes it is a real town near Hotel Sidi Driss. Located in Matmata, Tunisia, (weird, how closely the spelling matches the LOTR town) Sidi Driss is essentially a five-pit dwelling of “underground labyrinths and vaulted rooms.”

And then others for the downright cool stuff they have to offer; for instance the THE HOTEL SAX, CHICAGO which comes with the following blurb:

The Hotel Sax is the only hotel in the world any self-respecting video gamer would check into. The reason why? The hotel’s sixth floor Studio is powered by Microsoft and thus is complete with XBox 360s and its most popular games like Madden ’08, Halo 3, Guitar Hero, Scene It, Dance, Dance Revolution and our personal favorite RockBand.

Happy travels fellow geeks.

BondiGeek