New Houston Hotel Introduces Bluetooth Stereo in Guestrooms
Hey there tech geeks: next time you find yourself in need of a hotel room in Houston, consider spending the night at the Hotel Sorella which will open on August 16. That's because the hotel promises to have a plug panel that includes bluetooth stereo for guests in-room--meaning they can play music from their iPhones or other Bluetooth-enabled devices through the rooms's TV speakers.
We got the tip from someone who works for the plug panel technology. Here's how it all went down:
I work for a hotel technology supplier and we are installing our first MediaHub panel with stereo Bluetooth at the Hotel Sorella in Houston. I know I've seen a few people chatting about plug panels. The new one going into the Hotel Sorella has a stereo Bluetooth interface so guests can stream music or any other audio through the TV speakers by using Bluetooth - no wires or cables. The catch: you have to pair an A2DP enabled device or one that will work with wireless speakers (not just a Bluetooth headset).
Ok, so what the heck is an A2DP enabled device and how do you know if you have one? Well if you have the iPhone 3G, that will definitely work here. A lot of Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson phones will work with this, as will Palm TREOs. Unfortunately, your first, second, or third generation iPod will not work with this feature. Still, you can just plug it into the panel.
Hotel Sorella bills itself as an affordable luxury hotel in Houston's CityCentre district, a sort of upscale retail/residential/office complex overlooking the city's Energy Corridor and the Westchase district.
There's an infinity pool on the rooftop, two restaurants (a bistro and a cafe), the Monnalisa bar (yes, spelled just like that), a spa and fitness center, complimentary town car service within five miles of the hotel and best of all, really affordable rates.
Rates on opening night are at a special price of $149, and that includes complimentary WiFi (regular rates start at $189.) Another trend we're loving these days in hotels can also be found in the Sorella rooms: hardwood floors.
UPDATE: Here's a full list of A2DP devices.
iPhone 3G S
iPhone 3G (with upgraded 3.0 software)
iPod Touch (with upgraded 3.0 software)
Blackberry Curve and Bold
Motorola smart phones such as Karma QA1, Krave and RAZR2 V9
Samsung smart phones with Stereo Bluetooth
If you plan on hitting up the Hotel Sorella soon, let us know how your stay went!