Roomlinx Completes Crowne Plaza Install

  • Roomlinx
  • 11.03.08
Roomlinx, Inc., expands to Chicago this month with the official opening of the Crowne Plaza yesterday in Glen Ellyn, Ill., an InterContinental Hotels Group property.

Roomlinx provides interactive in-room media, entertainment and business solutions to hotels, coupled with wired and wireless high-speed Internet access.

“We are thrilled to introduce the new Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard to the greater Chicago community and even more excited to introduce Roomlinx to our guests,” said Eli Finestone, F & F Realty, Ltd., drector of e-cmmerce. “Today’s travelers – especially those visiting this affluent Chicago suburb – want more than just traditional on-demand movies for in-room entertainment. They want the same type of theatre experience they have at home and they expect instant/high-speed access to online information. That’s exactly what Roomlinx provides and more.

“For a flat fee, our guests are enjoying unlimited content in the privacy of their guestrooms,” he said. “That includes a one-click link to hotel services, HD movies, international and U.S. WebTV, music, local news updates, business productivity tools, high-speed Internet access, and games all through our new 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs. It’s not a one-time movie buy. It’s a complete entertainment package that provides an e-commerce opportunity for the hotel, an exceptional in-room amenity to guests, and a great way to eliminate in-room collateral printing costs. It’s hospitality at its finest, and it’s just one of many ways in which F & F Realty has brought new life to this property.”

Following an extensive interior and exterior renovation, F & F Realty reflagged the former Holiday Inn hotel as a Crowne Plaza. The property held its soft opening in August, with a formal introduction to the Glen Ellyn-Lombard community on October 28.

“Roomlinx could not have picked a better property than the Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard to enter the Chicago market,” said Mike Wasik, Roomlinx CEO. “This hotel is located near high-profile businesses and it’s at the heart of the area’s research and development corridor. The types of business and leisure guests visiting this area will be blown away by the in-room entertainment experience that Roomlinx has in store for them. Not only does it exceed what these guests have (or wish to have) in their homes, but it gives them a reason to return to the Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard each and every time they visit Chicago.

“In today’s competitive market, advanced technology components such as those offered by Roomlinx, are critical to hotel success and brand differentiation,” Wasik added. “When local companies such as Sara Lee Corp., Accenture, Deloitte, and McDonald's Corp. entertain VIPs from out of town, they select hotels with only the best in accommodations and amenities. Today the Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard is such a hotel, with each guestroom literally transformed into a dynamic interactive environment.”

“We surveyed our competition in the market, and no other hotel can touch the high-tech services and in-room entertainment offering provided at the Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard,” Finestone said. “With Roomlinx, we know we are delivering an exceptional guest experience. The excitement on our guests’ faces at checkin - when we inform them there is an interactive entertainment console in their rooms - says it all.” 

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