The New Hotel Map: Garmin GPS

To assist travelers in looking even more like dorky tourists, the Rosewood Hotel Group is experimenting with giving out GPS devices instead of paper maps at three of its hotels: the Carlyle in New York City, the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, and the Hotel Crescent Court, also in Dallas. The device of choice is the iQue M3 by Garmin International, and hotel guests can use a finger or stylus to generate a voice-prompted turn-by-turn direction map. Despite my snide comment about its dorkiness, I'll admit this does sound kinda cool—it certainly beats trying to figure out how to re-fold one of those cumbersome map to the stars' homes. Although if I were you, I would turn off the voice-prompts when walking; you don't want to be targeted as the token tourist, believe me. Not sure how they're going to prevent theft of the devices (homing sensors?), and we'd definitely like to see if there would be multi-language support on them (for world travelers, ya know).

Hotels Hand Out GPS Devices [HotelChatter]