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LeDomaine becomes one of Europe’s first hotels with Google Glass for guests

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the exclusive abbey hotel and winery estate dating from 1146 in Spain’s Duero wine region, has spanned nearly a millennium of history with a new amenity for guests: The property is 900 years old but it’s the first hotel in Europe to offer its guests the hottest new technology of 2014, Google Glass.

“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 – which are like eyeglasses but with only one lens that functions as a monitor, plus a microphone and a speaker at your ear –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; make short videos; watch videos about LeDomaine including a general hotel video and a LeDomaine Art Tour; stargaze with a gps-based app that allows you to see the alignment of the stars above at that moment in time; browse information on the internet that has been formatted for Google Glass; and make 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.

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