Thursday, January 17, 2008

Microsoft's 'technology lounge' uploads into Hotel Sax

Microsoft's "technology lounge" is only for guests of Hotel Sax.
(Photo: Hotel Sax)

This is as sleek as it gets.

Hotel Sax's (333 N. Dearborn St., 312-245-0333) The Studio—Experience by Microsoft is a new entertainment lounge catering to guests who want to experience the newest technologies from Microsoft.

It's on the fourth floor of the hotel, so it's only accessible to the hotel's guests, who get hooked up with high-end laptop computers, Microsoft Zune MP3 players, Xbox gaming consoles, HD television screens, surround sound, movies and more. There's no extra charge, it's open 4pm-midnight, and a Hotel Sax "technology butler" is at your beck and call to troubleshoot or take orders for food and beverages from the hotel’s first-level Crimson Lounge.

Far from the usual gamers' atmosphere, in this lounge you'll find white cushions and dark wood paneled walls to create an intimate and modern space. Suede couches and leather chairs, along with plenty of pillows, offer a comfortable, classic lounge look.

Look for the hotel to host regular movie nights, as well as competitive Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Scene It events in the lounge. And since its opening, celebrities Kanye West, Samantha Ronson and Eddie Van Halen have already experienced the lounge during their stays at the hotel.

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