I visited virtual Hawaii from a hotel in Times square

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If virtual reality is as successful as its proponents hope, hotel chain Marriott is playing a dangerous game. As of earlier this month, it’s touting what it calls the “first-ever virtual travel experience.” Without ever leaving your home city, you can visit tourist hotspots thousands of miles away. You can have a beach all to yourself or stand at the very top of a tower without fear of falling. In other words, Marriott has decided to dip its toes into virtual reality with a demo that seems to defeat the entire purpose of hotels.

The day I step into its Times Square branch, that feels like a good thing, because it’s a terrible time to be stuck in a real-world hotel. Compared to the crystal-clear late-summer sky, the artificial lights…

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