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Sometimes, we have to take a step back and take a long, hard look in the mirror.
No, not that mirror – the one that doubles as a television – the theoretical one. We admit it: Sometimes, we’re addicted to technology around here. Proof is in the pudding – a number of us confessed recently that fiddling with the television, iPod dock, WiFi, and electrical sockets is the first thing we tackle upon entering a hotel room. It’s understandable, but it’s also a little discouraging when you start to think of it in terms of the big picture.
For sure, all of this hotel room technology is certainly swell, enhancing a guest’s stay in a number of ways, but boy, it sure can make you lazy. There are many examples, the most paralyzing being that you don't have to get out of bed to open or close the curtains. In fact, the television remote does so much now that its ability to turn on the TV is an afterthought. These days, you barely have to interact with anyone while you're on the road – you can check into your hotel room via Skype!
Convenient? Sure. But do you think this trend represents a healthy approach to travel? There is definitely nothing wrong with embracing the benefits of technology, but we’re not so sure that it's a good thing for an obsession to take center stage, to be overly concerned about taping television shows while on the road or fearful of a brief chat with a member of the hotel staff (who by the way is most likely a local and able to point you in the direction of authenticity).
Lately we've been entranced with in-room iPads and fancy-dancy remote controls. Both seem to be getting super hi-tech and we're all for it so long as the boasted features actually work. We're not keen on lengthy how-to sheets that give us agita.
We'd like to see the end of multi-remote controls in hotel rooms and instead be able to power nearly everything with a touch of a button. Well, we saw just that recently at Atlantic City's Revel Resort. While our full gallery of A.C.'s newest hot spot is coming soon, today we're hyper-focused on this little gem--the room's souped up Prodigy PLX3 remote control.
The same size as your average TV remote, this little powerhouse actually controls just about everything the buttons on the front panel says it does. And we know because we pressed them all just like a little kid would!
Here's what worked--and the one thing that didn't.
This week the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals put on their annual HITEC conference in Baltimore and while we couldn't attend ourselves, we did hear back from an attendee who shared these two bits of "chatter" with us.
1. In-room iPads Might Be Dirtier Than the Remotes: Our attendee spy overheard folks talking about how housekeepers often find in-room iPads in the bathroom, next to the toilet after a guest has checked out. Vom. Now we need to add the iPad to the list of things covered in poop in hotel rooms.
2. Women Don't Touch the Remotes Because Men Have: Apparently, there's a high percentage of women who aren't using the hotel room TV remote control because they are skeeved out by what men who stayed in the room before them may have done with that remote while watching pay-per-view movies. Um, and do you blame them? Just another reason to download the LodgeNet Mobile App. Or else make good use of the hotel room shower cap.
Got any more observations--good, bad and gross--to share from HITEC? Send it along!