You No Longer Have to Put a Shower Cap on the Dirty Hotel Remote, Thanks to LodgeNet's New App
February 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM
We've long been waiting to use our smartphone as a room key in hotels but it turns out that hotel guests may be able to use their smartphones to control things in the room as well.
LodgeNet, a big provider of the on-demand TV systems found in over 500,000 hotel rooms, has introduced a new iPhone and Android app that will enable guests to control the in-room TV right from their phone.
Here's how it works: Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or Droid. When you get into your hotel room, turn on the TV, then sync your phone with the TV using the code that's found on the TV's main menu. Now you're free to do all the things you would do with the remote control but instead, you can do it with your phone.
Aside from ordering movies or changing the channel, you can also learn more about the hotel you're staying in, peruse restaurant options outside the hotel, call up the front desk, housekeeping or arrange a wake-up call.
Of course, the one caveat here is that the hotel you're staying in has to have a LodgeNet platform on the TV. But with 500,000 hotel rooms in all the major cities using LodgeNet, you have a very good chance of being able to use your phone as remote. Dirty stranger germs be gone!
Now, we just need to come up with another use for the shower cap.