Our first encounter with one of these "innovations" was at The Betsy Hotel in Miami, where rooms in Deco buildings are, shall we say, cozy. That included the bathroom, where the mirror TV faced ... the door to the bathroom, which was heavy and kept slamming shut. You couldn't see it properly from the bathtub unless you gave yourself a neck injury and, besides, the picture was fuzzy. Fail.
Next up, we discovered one embedded not in the mirror above the sink but above the bathtub at The Crosby Street Hotel. Eureka! But, no. It didn't work, and once we were immersed in our bubble bath close to midnight we couldn't be bothered calling the front desk to ask for someone to fix it. Sigh.
Our mirror TV here in our GO Room at The Flamingo is, like the one at The Betsy, in a spot you can't quite see from the loo, and not at all from the shower. We did, however, like gloating about the mild Vegas temperatures when we caught this weather report while brushing our teeth. We guess TV is a nice distraction from flossing and other sink-related tasks (although not mascara application. We need to concentrate for that) but do we really need it? No. Would we prefer other amenities in our room instead? You betcha. (A glass, for a start, and maybe some coffee to go with the empty coffee-maker.)
But before we write off the mirror-embedded TV completely, we wondered if it was just us being cranky. Do you watch these wonders of technology? Love them? Or can you live without? What other tech-advances would you like to see in your hotel room instead? Tell us in the comments below.(And we'll try to strong-arm a hotel-geek on the trade-show floor to get cracking on it for you.)