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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Apple-friendly hotel with wireless check-in opens in Cupertino

AFP   March 22, 2013
First Published: 15:01 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:12 IST(22/3/2013)

A new hotel that heavily favors Apple users -- and could alienate their Android market base -- has opened steps from the Apple's brain center in Cupertino, California.



All 123 rooms at Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Aloft Hotels, whose tagline is “style at a steal,” will feature Apple TVs that can sync with guests’ iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch devices and their personal iTunes accounts.

Guests can choose among movie titles from iTunes, connect to Netflix for films, or Hulu for TV shows, and play their personal videos and photos on the in-room’s 42-inch LCD flatscreen TV.

As pointed out by CNET, it’s not the first time a hotel chain has opted to go with Apple TVs for their in-room entertainment. Staybridge Suites in London’s Olympic Village was also outfitted with the small, portable devices which enable guests to access their personal iTunes accounts.

Meanwhile, in what’s poised to become a trend in DIY, virtual hotel check-ins, another Aloft feature includes a Cool Concierge which bypasses the human version of concierge or front desk service.

Instead, guests use the tablet-system themselves to look up directions, phone numbers, make reservations, check their in-flight status and print boarding passes.

Their Smart Check-In also allows guests to bypass the front desk and straight to their rooms using radio frequency technology or RFID, or wireless, non-contact systems.


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