The world's smartest smart hotel?
Guests at the Hotel Schani Wien in Vienna can use their phones as room keys.
Hotel Schani Wien
Located in Vienna, Austria, Hotel Schani Wien
has been a step ahead of the curve since it opened in 2015.
Harnessing valuable input from the Fraunhofer Institute's "FutureHotel guest survey," Hotel Schani Wien opened as one of the world's first "co-working" hotels.
The hotel emphasizes time-saving touches to ensure guests are as productive and efficient as possible, including online room selection, mobile room keys, Bitcoin payment, electric vehicle charging stations, and even electric scooters for rent.
"We try to optimize processes throughout the entire building," Benedikt Komarek, Hotel Schani Wien owner and CEO, tells CNN.
"Business guests are used to traveling a lot -- they know how to check-in for their flight or how to choose their seat in the airplane and they are looking for this fast service as well in their accommodation. They don't want to stand in line or wait until it's their turn."
In addition to ensuring guests are as productive as possible, the hotel also aims to help them feel inspired.
The hotel's open plan pays homage to artists and painters of the past, who exchanged ideas in Viennese coffee houses 150 years ago.
Travelers can channel the inspiring experience at Schani's Wohnzimmer -- the hotel's "living room" -- which is designed to enable easy collaboration and conversation with local and global cooperation.
"Travelers can meet locals, work together on projects or just have enough space and facilities to work," says Komarek.
"I think everybody gets inspired in Schani's living room -- you can feel the Viennese charm."
In addition to its social spaces, the hotel also offers dedicated co-working corners. Guests can set up an online profile to introduce themselves, and even contact other professionals.
Another way of inspiring guests and locals alike is with live music performances, smart talks from industry leaders, regular networking events and a co-working breakfast every month.