By Terry Trucco
What’s the next hotel room amenity destined for the slag heap littered with CD players and tube TVs? My guess: the in-room phone with its push-button call list for the concierge, room service and housekeeping.
At least, that’s how I felt after road testing the Royalton’s iPad, a slender, black-leather-framed amenity that sits on the desk in every room at the hotel, fully loaded and ready to multi-task.
Consider some of the items identified by whimsical icons on its menu. You can book a wake-up call, order a room service hamburger, ask housekeeping to turn down your bed, buy theater tickets, see if your flight to San Francisco is on time, order a car to the airport and double-check the hotel’s check-out time.
Room too quiet? Let your iPad serenade you with the Royalton playlist. Can’t sleep? Waves, crickets, whispers and white noise are a few of the sleep sounds the iPad is programmed to emit.
But wait, there’s more. The iPad serves up story links from an array of newspapers, including The New York Times and the New York Post. And in a nod to the hotel’s fashion-savvy audience, the iPad calls up feeds from sites like Racked, Style.com, Women’s Wear Daily and the Times Style. You can also go online on the iPad gratis (you’ll pay $10 a day for WiFi for your laptop computer). (more…)