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Medieval Spanish hotel looks to the future with Google Glass for guests

Now this is a first, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine--an exclusive 900-year-old abbey hotel and winery in Spain that dates from 1146 in the country's Duero wine region, looks to the future with Google Glass. Don't let its age fool you, this is one modern thinking property that is actually giving the techno tool to its guests to wear during their visit. Imagine walking around this historic medieval abbey donning the latest in technology on your face. It's quite a vision.

Guests Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine look through Google Glass
Guests Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine look through Google Glass
Courtesy photo from Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

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.

The hotel offers 22 regal rooms that were fully restored for an opening in 2012. It was the first hotel in Spain to offer a full butler service and the only Spanish establishment for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel and restaurant guide. The hotel is currently converting the original stables into eight new guest rooms and a Spa, which will be completed in 2015.

The Refectorio, once the abbey’s dining hall serves haute cuisine under the direction of Andoni Luis Aduriz, one of Spain’s superstar chefs whose heralded Mugaritz restaurant in San Sebastian has Two Michelin Stars. In addition to the Refectorio, guests dine outdoors in the Cloisters courtyard and in the atmospheric setting of the Wine Cellar. Of the estate’s 1,730 acres of prime farmland, 500 acres are dedicated to the vine which produces award-winning vintages of exceptional pedigree and is among the most advanced in Europe in combining ancient wine-making traditions with cutting-edge technology.

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a two-hour drive or train ride from Madrid, and a 30-minute drive from Valladolid. For further information and reservations, please visit www.ledomaine.es, contact reservations@ledomaine.es, or call +34 98 368 0368.