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12 Ways This Hotel Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time

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  Site Where: 811 7th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

This Sunday, we're springing forward for daylight saving time which means we lose an hour of sleep but we gain an extra hour of daylight. And after a long, hard winter, we're really looking forward to that.

In the past, changing clocks for the time change was kind of pain. Today, not so much since most of use cellphones and tablets and those automatically adjust to the change. Sure, there's a watch or a kitchen clock to change here and there but usually it's pretty easy. However, if you're a hotel with nearly 2,000 hotel rooms, preparing for daylight savings time is a major event.

General manager Terry Lewis of the The Sheraton Times Square Hotel, the third largest hotel in NYC, with 1,781 rooms and her staff are tasked with not only updating their clocks but also reminding guests staying at the hotel that daylight savings is happening. And it goes way beyond slipping a note under the door. Here are 12 Ways The Sheraton Times Square Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time (#8 is REALLY important to read.)

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23m Above Ghent, It'll Be You, A Cozy Bed And A Great Big Clock

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  Site Where: Station Ghent-Sint-Pieters, Ghent, Belgium, 9000
June 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

We've all experienced the thrill of visiting an old-world European city, staying in a perfectly-situated hotel, and then going out during the day to discover all the city's sights and monuments. But what if you could bring those sights to you?

That's exactly what a new art-installation-cum-hotel-room in Ghent, Belgium is trying to do. Supported by a web of scaffolding on top of the city's train station, Hotel Ghent is a temporary one-room hotel that's been built around a clock tower.

As in, you better appreciate public monuments because once you check into this room, it's all clock, nothing but clock, all the time. The project was designed by artist Tazu Rous and is intended to make the visitor experience an iconic object in a new or "different" way. Yep, we'd say this is pretty different, alright...

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Room 2112 At The W In Union Square Finally Knows What Time It Is

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  Site Where: 201 Park Avenue South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10003
June 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Don't worry, nobody else knows what the numbers mean either

Ever noticed that giant weird screen of numbers above the Best Buy store in Union Square? It's a clock. Yeah, we were a little surprised too. And for the past year, any W Union Square room with a park-facing view has been confronted with lies, lies, lies, because the clock, which has notoriously confused passersby for years, was consistently telling the wrong time.

Check out this picture we took from room 2112, a south-facing "Mega" room (Mega ranks third in a total of six categories) which looks directly at the rapidly-flashing numbers. Not that any hotel guest would ever complain (it's not the W's job to launch into questionable public art initiatives—or is it?). But surely it's better to have a weird confusing clock-thing that works as opposed to one that doesn't?

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Looking For A Quirky Hotel? Try Ruedesheimer Schloss's Glockenspiel

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  Site Where: Steingasse 10, Rudesheim Am Rhein, Germany, D-65385
September 2, 2009 at 4:18 PM | by | ()

This video also has some narration to it so adjust accordingly if you're at work!

First, you might be asking yourself, “what exactly is a glockenspiel, actually?” We’re glad you asked. A glockenspiel is a set of bells or metal bars that you can use to play a tune. It’s sort of like a xylophone, only kookier, and a lot more fun.

While on a recent trip to Germany’s winemaking Rheingau region, we got the chance to stay at the Breuer’s Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel in the picturesque riverside town of Ruedesheim am Rhein. The hotel has a real-life clock tower glockenspiel that peals out four German drinking tunes (the favorites of the current owner, Heinrich's, father) on the hour every hour. We worried that the sharp tones would wake us up a little earlier than we’d like after a day (and night) of sampling the region’s famous Rieslings, but the bells only ring from 10:00am-10:00pm, so we were assured of a good night’s sleep.

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