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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!
Not only can you book your room via a mobile booking app on your phone, check-in and open the door to your hotel room via your mobile phone, but now, thanks to LodgeNet, you can check out via your mobile phone (or iPad).
The company's newest mobile app addition, mCheckout, now works in about 500,000 of LodgeNet's mobile-enabled room across 2,600 hotels in North America. (Those same hotel rooms where you can also use the LodgeNet app to control the in-room TV).
In a mad dash to the airport to catch your flight? You can check out of your hotel room on your phone and have the final bill for the stay emailed to you, while you're waiting to board. So long as you have a wireless connection, checking out from anywhere is possible.
Derek S. White, president of Interactive & Media Networks for LodgeNet, is calling mobile checkouts "the next frontier" of hotel technology. Hey, anything that saves us from a long annoying check-out line (especially in Las Vegas), we can get behind. Or download, rather.
We've long been waiting to use our smartphone as a room key in hotels but it turns out that hotel guests may be able to use their smartphones to control things in the room as well.
LodgeNet, a big provider of the on-demand TV systems found in over 500,000 hotel rooms, has introduced a new iPhone and Android app that will enable guests to control the in-room TV right from their phone.
Here's how it works: Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or Droid. When you get into your hotel room, turn on the TV, then sync your phone with the TV using the code that's found on the TV's main menu. Now you're free to do all the things you would do with the remote control but instead, you can do it with your phone.