The James New York is a Dream...iPhone Charger
Last night after a relaxing dinner with our mom (we know, "mom" and "relaxing" do not usually go together in the same sentence) we found ourselves returning to the The James New York in Soho with a little bit of dread. But it wasn't because of anything we encountered in the hotel. Rather, we had forgotten our iPhone charger and our phone had died on us.
So we hit up the concierge at the ground level to see if there was a spare iPhone charger hanging around the hotel. The concierge mused for a minute saying that she thought someone may have left one behind that we could borrow. Then suddenly, she perked up and said, "Oh wait! You can just plug your iPhone into the Dream Machine!"
That would be the Sony Dream Machine on the nightstand which the bellmen had explained to us mere hours before when we checked in.
Actually, its real name is ICF-CL75iP Multi-Function Clock Radio for iPod and you can buy it here. (For $129.99.)
It's an alarm clock, a radio, a photo and video viewer (with a 7" LCD screen) and an iPod/iPhone charger with a retractable docking tray. The clock has 1GB of built-in memory as well as inputs for camera memory cards and a USB port so you can even hook your iPad up to it.
Needless to say, this little Dream Machine was a life-saver. We're now putting this on our Christmas wish list and it wouldn't be a bad idea if other hotels did too.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary night at the James Hotel as part of gift bag swag but all views expressed here are our own.