What Can't You Do On A Hyatt Television These Days?
Since everyone is pretty much useless these days without smartphones doing everything for them, it makes sense that hotels are making a bigger effort to appeal to our growing dependency on technology. And that's just what Hyatt's done by installing a new system called Roomlinx on all guest room TVs.
Yes, it sounds more like a weird hotel dating service than an entertainment center. But actually, Roomlinx is a pretty nifty system that allows guests to order room service, browse Netflix and YouTube, send documents to be printed, request housekeeping, make local dinner reservations, and, of course, watch TV. Think of it like an e-butler, media center and city guide all rolled into one.
Except, you know, without the hassle of having to speak to another human.
Hyatt is calling this "the future hotel experience." But we know technology is changing faster than anyone can keep up with. So as exciting as all this is, we have a feeling that pretty soon, something else will come along that's even more integrated and user-friendly. Like, what if we want to pretend we have a view of the Eiffel Tower? Done. What if we don't like the color of the walls? Zap. Fixed.
So far, Roomlinx has been installed at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Andaz Fifth Avenue and Hyatt Denver Tech Center. Over the next two years, 60,000 Hyatt guest rooms in the US will be updated.
On the one hand, we feel the Roomlinx technology will be a good thing—by having more access to information and booking resources, it stands to reason that guests will want to interact more with the hotel and the surrounding area..
On the other hand, this could just turn everyone into even bigger couch potatoes.
What do you think? Is Roomlinx something you will make use of during your next Hyatt stay? Is this technology making hotel life easier or is it just unnecessary? Let us know your thoughts below!
[Photo: Hyatt Hotels]