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Whether you're away on business or holidaying in your dream destination, your hotel room is all about atmosphere, relaxation and luxury. Over the years, décor and technology in hotel rooms have each changed significantly. Hotels in the past were very different: we've gone from paraffin lamps, basic radios and the very first coffee machines, to new technologies like free Wi-Fi and television on demand. Curious to discover what else has changed over the years? Let's journey through the last century to find out more.

Back in the early 20th century, having electrical lighting was a sign of wealth. Most people were still relying on paraffin lamps. In 1883, only one hotel in Amsterdam had electric lighting but, soon after that, luxury hotels and chic stores worldwide began to follow suit. In 1907, the very first phones were installed in hotel rooms. A telephone operator would transfer you to the correct person.

The time of The Great Gatsby. Inspired by art deco, there was an excessive use of gold, marble and geometric decorations. Phones received a dial option, eliminating the need for an operator. in 1927, a hotel in Boston was the first place to install radios in their rooms.

In this decade, geometric shapes and pure materials such as steel, glass, wood and concrete were reflected in the interior décor. This gave hotel rooms a modern, industrial look. More radio shows started broadcasting, becoming a central source of entertainment in hotel rooms.

The décor in the 40s was much more homely than the cool, industrial interior of the previous decade. Floral motifs and wooden furniture were used to decorate hotel rooms. The radio, and especially Radio Oranje, was a crucial source of information during the war in the Netherlands. To avoid the risk of it being seized, the radio was often hidden away.

During reconstruction after World War II, industrialisation and design began to rise again. Radios became smaller - even portable - and handmade filter coffee was a thing of the past with the arrival of the automatic coffee machine. New York installed televisions for the first time in their hotel rooms. In 1951, the first national television broadcast took place in the Netherlands.

Relaxation became more and more important in the 60s: chairs got bigger and more comfortable. Geometric shapes, bright colours and floral prints permeated many interiors. Hi-Fi radio provided better sound quality and Radio Veronica churned out hits from major pop and rock artists.

Orange, red, brown, yellow and white were hot hues in the 70s. Duvets started being used inside of sheets, and telephones were offered as an in-room service worldwide (with costs being charged to the guest's account). In 1974, minibars were installed in luxury hotel rooms in Hong Kong. A year later, the first in-room colour TVs were introduced.

The décor was rustic and romantic, and there was a lot of pink. Phones had push buttons, so making calls was much more efficient. In 1986, on-demand movies were introduced. Towards the end of the 80s, old-fashioned room keys started to disappear in favour of modern keycards.

Quiet colours like white, bright blue, grey and cream were combined with diamonds, dashes and floral patterns. More and more hotels started to introduce electronic in-room safes for stashing valuables. Business guests were also starting to use laptops, so hotels began offering working areas in their rooms. In 1996, the first hotel Wi-Fi connection became available to guests.

These days, deep colours and natural materials in hotel rooms help to deliver a well-rested feeling. Blackout blinds, curtains and lighting are widely controlled by tablets and smartphones. Making reservations via tweet and other digital bots isn't uncommon.

MyWebValet is available through the Wi-Fi network of selected AccorHotels chains. This platform makes it easier to order room service, contact the front desk and catch up on the latest news. Via a tablet, you can play your favourite music while you enjoy a beer, a cocktail or a seriously good cup of coffee.

Looking to the future, your hotel room will be an extension of your destination. Your overnight stay will be an exclusive experience, with the interiors blending works of local designers and artists, creating a constantly changing, hyper-eclectic, high-end atmosphere.

Technology will have done away with devices. Instead, mirrors, walls and the windows in your room offer displays to adjust the room to your liking. Augmented reality will deliver a unique and efficient experience in information and entertainment. Keycards are long gone: you'll register at the desk or information pillar then use your fingerprint or facial recognition to access your room.