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Put That Mac Book Down, Unless You Want To Pay More For Your Hotel Room

June 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

UPDATE, 9:03pm: HotelChatter received a response from Orbitz CEO Barney Harford, stating that while Orbitz is indeed trying to provide more "relevant" hotels to its customers, it would never charge Mac users more money for the same hotel room. This was stated in our original post, but we thought we should clarify that part.

More bad news for people who use computers and stay at hotels. Oh wait, that's pretty much all of us.

This time, the sword falls on Mac users specifically—who, according to a study by Orbitz, are statistically more likely to stay at pricier hotels than PC users, or at least a pricier room inside a hotel. Huh.

We always associated fancier, state-of-the-art tech amenities (iPads, Chromebooks, Mac Minis) with a fancier, more state-of-the-art hotels. But to make that decision for people based on what computer they're using to book a hotel room? Seems a little shady.

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How to Prevent Tommy Lee from Hacking Your Twitter

July 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

Yesterday we noticed a funny item in Page Six. Apparently, New York Rangers hockey player Brad Richards had his Twitter account hacked by aging rocker Tommy Lee. Ok, so that's not really funny and you're probably wondering, "Why should I even care about these people?"

Well, what's really interesting here is HOW Tommy Lee hacked the Rangers' Twitter--through a hotel room computer.

Precisely, the in-suite computer at the Tribeca Grand. From Page Six:

Tampa native Richards stayed at the Tribeca Grand hotel and logged onto a computer in his room to tweet. When Lee stayed in the same room a few days later and booted up the computer, he saw Richards' account was still open and sent messages out under his handle. "Im a dork!" the rocker tweeted along with other messages before letting Richards in on the joke. "Signing out for ya!! I'm a nice hacker!!! hey dude btw . . . it's Tommy Lee!!! hahah!!"

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Another Reason Why Digital Nomads Will Flock to the Ace New York: Google Chromebooks

June 30, 2011 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

If you've been chomping at the bit to try out a Google Chromebook, the search engine's first foray into laptopdom, then you should book a room at the Ace Hotel in New York, a sceney but studious place that's perfect for digital nomads.

Cnet reports that guests who check in to the Ace from July 1 to September 30 will get a Chromebook to use during their stay. Bummer that it's just for three months but maybe if this pilot program goes well, the Ace will keep the Chromebooks on hand for good.

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The Lanesborough London is Putting Mac Minis in Their Guestrooms

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
January 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM | by | ()

The competition for the latest hotel technology is fierce these days and not wanting to be left behind, The Lanesborough in London is adding more tech offerings to their guestrooms (they already feature in-room laptops) by installing a Mac mini unit in every guest room instead.

The system is easy to use and provides improved access to TV shows, movies, photos, and the web. Our favourite feature is fact that you can view the latest movies free of charge and we all love a freebie. Let’s just hope they don't follow Marriott who ditched the porn last week. Where’s the fun in that?

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Techy Amenities for Tweens at the Ritz-Carlton SoBe

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  Site Where: 1 Lincoln Road [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
September 3, 2008 at 5:53 PM | by | ()

Sometimes you have to wonder whether our traveling founding fathers and mothers were as big of pansies as we've apparently become.

Sure, airport security and delayed flights are a pain in the arse, and we clearly value a well-stocked minibar. But some of the "innovative" hotel amenities reported in Hotel Interactive's recent roundup smack us as, well, a bit silly.

After all--at the risk of going all Oregon Trail on you--let's take a moment to remember two old-school travel truths: covered wagons and fording rivers.

Seriously, what would Ma and Pa Ingalls say about luxuries like portable oxygen canisters (for a quick breather, courtesy of the Pan Pacific Vancouver) and in-room basketball courts (at The Palms in Las Vegas)?

That being said, presumably even Laura would have flipped for the Ritz-Carlton South Beach's amenities for tweens.

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Snapshot :: Johnny Appleseed Stays at the Tribeca Grand

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  Site Where: 2 Avenue Of The Americas [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
September 2, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The other day after our story about where to find Hotels with iMacs we ended up cruising our local Apple store to check out said products.

And while we were browsing through the computer's personal email--registered to one "Johnny Appleseed"--we discovered a reservations confirmation from The Tribeca Grand Hotel. Interestingly enough, this hotel was on our list of where to find hotels with iMacs. Which leads us to wonder if the iStudio suite is somehow in someway sponsored by Apple? Seems pretty likely huh?

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Where To Find Hotels with iMacs

August 25, 2008 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

We all know there are two types of people in this world: Mac users and PC users. And if you're a big traveler, you'd better hope you're a Mac user -- or get to learnin'.

The Mac Blorge blog reports that Apple's Enterprise Sales Group has been installing thousands of Apple products--like iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros, and Xserves--in hotels (and even aboard cruise ships) as hoteliers are increasingly seeking to stand out from their competitors by offering thoroughly modern guest experiences.

So, the big question: where can you find hotels today that are offering up iMacs for guests to use? Keep reading to find out.

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Fontainebleau Takes Its Love Affair With iMacs to Vegas

June 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM | by | ()

A couple weeks ago we told you about Fontainebleau Miami Beach undergoing major renovations for Fall of 2008. Part of the plan is to go "paperless" in the hotel and include iMacs in every room.

Once we wiped those tiny beads of perspiration from our flush faces and got our hearts to slow down to a resting pace, we told you about how the iMac initiative is part of a larger green push by the hotel to save money, ahhh, we mean the environment.

We also mentioned how Fontainebleau is opening up a 3,889 room grand Vegas property, and guess what?! OMG, more iMacs in all the rooms!!

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UK's City Inn Hotels Offering iMacs in Every Room

February 26, 2008 at 4:02 PM | by | ()

This should appeal to hotel geeks and geeks alike. The City Inn hotel brand in the UK is going to start offering iMacs in all of its guestrooms.

Guests will find a shiny iMac in each room, with full access to the internet, iLife and Office apps. Plus, the hotel will let you use the iMac as a TV, internet radio and media player (DVDs and CDs).

Hmm...is AppleTV included?

Also if you are worried about hackers or later guests accessing any of your information (or those late-night pub crawl pics), the hotel chains says the iMacs will undergo a "Faronics Deep Freeze" every 24 hours, which restores the computer to the factory settings.

City Inns can be found in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Westminster. Planned locations for Amsterdam, Leeds and London are expected to open in 2009 and 2010.