Hey Lifehacker, As a single dad with teenagers who are perpetually glued to their devices, choosing our annual Christmas holiday destination is always a challenge. The trouble is, our usual beachside options can't match the superfast internet and widescreen TV we have at home!
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Surely there must be some great holiday homes or hotels that offer decent tech as part of their deal? Preferably along with beachfront access for us deprived bush dwellers, so we get our 45 minutes of vitamin D again before getting back to the game on a 50+" LED TV. Any recommendations? Thanks, Hi-Tech Holiday
Unfortunately, home entertainment is one area that hoteliers tend to skimp out on; especially at popular holiday destinations where sun 'n' surf are the top priority. It's simply bad business to drop a few extra grand on amenities that aren't considered essential by most guests.
With that said, it should still be possible to find a holiday home that matches your tech criteria. One option worth considering is the crowdsourced accommodation site AirBnB which lets you search for accommodations in the city of your choice. People with a spare room put up listings complete with photographs, amenities, and ratings from other AirBnB users.
AirBnB properties tend to have above average home entertainment facilities, including high-speed internet and big TVs -- it's one of the main ways for hosts to stand out from the crowd. For example, one of our Allure Media colleagues recently put his place on AirBnB with access to a PlayStation 4, Xbox One and 60-inch Sony smart TV.
Sweeteners like the above are always prominently mentioned in the listing, so it's easy to see if a prospective property has the technology you require. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions when dealing with this service.
If any readers have alternative suggestions, be sure to let HTH know in the comments section below.
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