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You know when you’re on the couch watching
the Kardashians your favorite TV show, and you want to get up to get drinks/food/an empty bladder, but you don’t want any of that quite enough to get up and move?
You do? Good. The W New York Union Square has just the package for you.
As the name suggests, the new Sunday Binge Watch package is especially designed for couch potatoes. You get your two welcome cocktails (or a basket of beer) in-room. You get a basket filled with movie theater-appropriate candy and snacks. And you get an Apple TV with access to up to three full seasons of the following TV shows: Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Sex and the City.
Last week, we asked you if you still used the in-room TV anymore. Our initial feeling was that you would all answer no and instead talk about how you use the in-room WiFi to stream movies and TV shows or just use it to catch up on your news reading.
When we do stay in a hotel, yes ! Watch the news for days temperature & happenings. Plus helps put us to sleep, reminds us of home.
I like to watch the news in the morning, wherever I am, and also turn it on at night while we're unwinding from a long day of sightseeing.
I don't have cable at home, cuz I use the internet for everything. But the one thing that I don't get online and like to watch in hotels is SportsCenter on ESPN.
The television was once considered the most important amenity inside a hotel room, after the telephone of course. Remember the days when hotels tried to outdo each other with their advertisements of "Color TV" and "Free Cable?" But then we all quickly moved past those and onto flat-screens and HDTVs. Yet even these high-tech versions might soon be outdated and it's all thanks to, you guessed it, the internet.
Several times this year, HotelChatter contributors have been in hotel rooms and have not turned on the TV. And why should they? When they can stream their favorite TV shows or movies on their computer or tablet. Heck, even just checking social media is entertainment enough. And this particular HotelChatter editor has recently been skeeved out about the
fecal matter germs that might be on the remote controls, so much so that I refuse to touch them without a tissue or a shower cap around them.
But there is one exception to all of this--kids. When you're traveling with kids, you'll do whatever you can to keep them entertained. Sure, you probably travel with the iPad fully-loaded or the Nintendo DS fully charged but sometimes, there's nothing easier than just plopping the kids on the bed and putting on some random cartoons while you criss-cross around the room, getting all your gear packed up.
YOU TELL US: Do you even use the TV in your hotel room anymore? YES OR NO? Sound off in comments below!
Even though MTV insists on keeping on with its Video Music Awards, despite not ever playing music videos on the channel, the truth is no one is watching music videos on TV anymore.
It's all done online (or on mobile devices) and leading the way is VEVO TV, an internet music and video channel that plays video premieres from today's big artists (Bieber, Rihanna, etc.) as well as live concerts and interviews. For example, when you wanna see what that scandalous Miley Cyrus video is all about, you'll be watching it through VEVO. And now you can watch it from your room at the Dream Downtown in New York.
The hotel has announced a new partnership with VEVO, the first of its kind for a hotel brand, to bring VEVO's content to the 315 guestrooms. Guests can watch music video 24-7 from their hotel rooms on a dedicated TV channel, no internet connection required. Here's what Dream Hotels' Brendan McNamara, senior vice president of brand development, had to say about the new partnership:
We at Dream Downtown miss the days when music television channels actually played music videos! So this is the first time Vevo is broadcasting on TV. There are really no music channels anymore so this is both retro and futuristic.
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The Breidenbacher Hof is the closest luxury hotel to the Old Town of Dusseldorf, literally a two block walk to what is commonly referred to as "the longest bar in the world," a series of pubs and restaurants that pour out onto the pedestrian promenade (our sister site Jaunted gave us the scoop on it). Dusseldorf is a beer-drinkers paradise, specializing in a unique style called Altbier, and it's one of those towns where you go out for one drink and end up coming back at sunrise (which this contributor experienced firsthand a few day ago).
But the town is not all beer drinking and belching. It's also home to Germany's largest Japanese population and well known for its luxury shopping, including the Königsallee, which is regarded as the most exclusive kilometer in Germany due to its top designers and exclusive jewelry, perfume, porcelain and antiques shops.
The 95-room Breidenbacher definitely fits in with the latter luxe crowd, having hosted celebrity guests that include Pink and AC/DC. It didn't take us long to notice the flair as we were escorted to the room during check-in by an associate from the front desk, who showed us how all the gadgets work. The room was gorgeous, but what made us crack a smile was when we entered the bathroom and saw the television embedded in the mirror. Upscale hotel, or man's dream bathroom?
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Here's one advantage to being located next to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, CA: Aloft Cupertino, which opened yesterday, is now the first Aloft hotel to feature Apple TV devices in all 123 guest rooms. This is great news for anyone not interested in paying $15-$20 just to watch an in-room movie (ie, us, and pretty much everyone else).
The ingenious little box-shaped devices (pictured) basically allow you to stream music, TV shows and movies on iTunes, Netflix, Hulu or MBL.com straight from your Apple device onto an HD TV.
So while it's a handy thing to keep around the house, it works just as well—if not better—in a hotel. Wanna order room service while running through all the episodes of Downton Abbey? Or watch the Angels vs. Giants game in your bathtub? Or sing (loudly) along with the cast of Glee? The possibilities are endless.
And if being able to stream all your favorite media for free wasn't enough, the hotel will make things easier by resetting the boxes each time a guest checks out (that way, your account settings won't be compromised). Aloft will even go ahead and sync up iTunes to match whatever country you're from
Of course, you'll need reliable WiFi to actually access the content on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. And luckily, Aloft is one of the upstanding brands that offers it free.
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After an in-depth look at the lobby and restaurant, we recently got to take a look around the new(-ish) guest rooms at Conrad New York. And though plenty about the rooms caught our eye (sleek frosted glass sliding doors, separate living rooms, Hudson River views), one detail in particular made us really stop and go, 'Aahhh.'
It was one of the features on the TV. Scrolling through the regular options like movies, room service, concierge features, and lighting control, we settled on a category titled "Moodz," which then offered us a series of different ambient scenes. They're not cartoons, they're not reality TV (well, at least not the way we usually think of reality TV), and they're not porn. They're just little movies of absolutely nothing happening.
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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.
There's no exact science to veging out in your hotel room, though there are certainly creative ways to enhance the experience. Ordering up extra pillows. Creating a mini steam room in your bathroom. Putting on the hotel's custom spa music CD.
And here's another: using the LodgeNet app to change channels, adjust the volume and turn the TV on or off—all from a quick tap of your iPhone, iPad or Android. As we reported before, the LodgeNet app is just one of many new tech tricks that are simplifying trivial hotel tasks like booking your room, checking in, and even opening the door upon arrival. And we love them.
We spent some time recently playing with the app in our hotel room. Read on to hear what we thought!
If you've done some hotel hopping lately, you would have noticed the size wars underway.
No, not the size of the bed--or your WiFi bandwith (we wish). We're talking about TVs. The size of flatscreens keeps ballooning--but none we've seen have been as impressive as the TVs at South Beach's revamped Marlin Hotel.
When you first walk into your room, it looks like a mirror. But as you'll soon find once you play around with your in-room iPad, there is a 60-inch LED screen hidden behind the mirror, in service of the also-concealed AppleTV system.
A nice piece of design in theory, but how does it work in the wild? We gave it a test spin during a recent stay...
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.
Is it Christmas? It sure feels like it with yesterday's news that the Satellite TV company DirecTV is working on a germ-free remote control just for hotels. Oh yeah, and they will also be supplying hotels with more than 100 HD channels. The Hollywood Reporter reports:
DirecTV has already offered TV service to hotels, but the clear branding, the germ-free remote, the expanded HD offer and programming and interactive programming guide are new. The new service puts a small receiver into hotel guest rooms rather than putting - as has been the case so far - a range of receivers into the hotel utility room with each tuned to a specific channel. That used to limit the number of available channels.