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Apple TV Is Now Streaming At Aloft Cupertino

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  Site Where: 10165 N De Anza Blvd [map], Cupertino, CA, United States, 95014
March 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

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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At Long Last, We Go Inside the Edition Istanbul

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  Site Where: Fulya Mh. Büyükdere Caddesi 136, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, 34330
May 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

Last week, HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen explored the historic back alleys of Istanbul and checked out the Edition Istanbul, a mysterious property which we've only heard about from afar. It's also currently the only Edition Hotel in the world.

The 78 rooms at the Edition Istanbul were designed by Gabellini Shepherd Architects in two different palettes: a soothing milky “Soaped Oak,” and the richer, more masculine “Dark Rosewood,” which is what this room on the 7th floor was.

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When Did In-Room Movies Get So Expensive?

February 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

With all the hubub leading up to the Oscars last night, we can't help but have movies on the brain. But since this is HotelChatter and not MovieChatter, we'll have to keep our film discussions to either movies filmed in hotels or watching movies in hotels. So we decided to go with the latter. More specifically, we want to talk about how expensive in-room movies are these days.

During our weekend trip to Scottdale a few weeks ago, we found ourselves perusing the in-room movies just for kicks. (Ok, and maybe because we were a little too tired to take on the town.) After we got over the novelty of perusing "still in the theater" movies, we were flabbergasted by how much these movies cost.

While there were some older (and not very good) movies available for $4.99, most of the newer releases were going for $16.99 plus tax. Some were even going for $19.99. Take a look at the movie options we encountered in the gallery below.

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