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For awhile now, we've wondered if anyone uses hotel alarm clocks anymore. Usually, we answer this ourselves in the negative. (Once you learn to trust your cell phone alarm, there's no turning back.)
But on a recent trip to Sydney, we decided to use the alarm clock in our room--quite simply because the alarm clock was our hotel room. Forget iHomes and other iPod dock alarms. Rooms at the sparkling new hotel The Darling can wake you up in a much more 3-D, natural, customized way.
iHome alarm clocks in hotels, which allow you to plug in your iPhone during your stay, are nothing new. Indeed, they were our Must-Have Amenity back in 2007.
But when we popped into the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica a few months ago, we noticed how "high-tech" the iHomes have gotten. While this isn't the newest iHome dock out there, it does allow you to charge both your iPhone and iPad. You can also plug in a different gadget via the USB port at the top of the iHome.
The machine also has a special "Bedtime Beats" buttons which plays new-agey music that's supposed to help you get to sleep. And for those of you who don't carry around our iHome alarm clock instructions, there are directions in the top right corner of the iHome telling you how to do just that.
But now let's talk about what we personally would like to see in a hotel room--this iP4 Boombox.
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Awhile back, we asked HotelChatter readers: Do You Even Use The Hotel's Alarm Clock Anymore? While some overly cautious people admitted to using it in addition to setting their own Blackberry alarms and ordering a wake-up call, it seems that for most of us the alarm clock is in our rooms to tell the time in the dark or charge our iPods.
But our experience this week tell us that someone is using the alarm clocks. That's because ours went off at 4 a.m. the other night, scaring the bejeezus out of us.
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Almost every hotel room, from a no-frills budget shoebox to a luxury suite, comes with one standard amenity, an alarm clock. But do you really use it? Do you even need it?
Times are a-changing and many hotel guests bring along their iPhones, cell phones and other travel-sized timepieces to wake them up. Why waste your time with a foreign contraption whose settings you don't understand when you can just use your tried and true cell phone alarm. For back up, you can just use the hotel's wake-up call service, which have gotten pretty creative in recent years.
It just seems like the room's provided gadget is now unnecessary.