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Aloft Abu Dhabi Introduces the Wireless Stereo to the In-room Entertainment Center

  • TeleAdapt
  • 01.22.10
AloftSM Abu Dhabi is keeping its hotel guests connected, but in their guestrooms, cables are optional.

Aloft debuts the TeleAdapt MediaHub HD™ connectivity panel in each of its 408 guestrooms and suites, making it easy for visitors to play media from their portable electronics through the in-room TV, including a wireless audio interface for streaming and controlling their music from an iPod® or MP3-playing smartphone from anywhere in the room.

The Aloft Abu Dhabi entertainment center integrates the MediaHub HD connectivity panel with a 42-inch LG HDTV and KoolConnect HDVOD & Interactive System for the most technologically advanced entertainment system in the Middle East. The panel’s audio and video connection points give guests a hassle-free way to connect their digital camera, laptop, iPod or even game console to the in-room TV.

In addition to a smart plug-and-play interface, the MediaHub HD converts the LG HDTV into a wireless stereo by way of a Stereo Bluetooth pairing point for the guest. Guests can pair their iPod, iPhone®, Palm® Pre™, BlackBerry® or other popular MP3-playing smartphone to the MediaHub HD panel to begin playing music through the TV speakers without using a cable. Aloft Abu Dhabi guests can enjoy a higher quality of sound than the typical clock radio speaker, and they can control their music from anywhere in the room, even the bathroom or while relaxing in bed.

Situated near the nation’s largest exhibition center, the Aloft Abu Dhabi caters to a sophisticated business traveler as well as the modern leisure traveler. “We want every stay to be productive, comfortable, fun and memorable for our guests,” said Stephan Vanden Auweele, Aloft’s general manager. “The entertainment center is part of that experience and providing a conduit for more entertainment choices is a way to service our guests’ personal enjoyment. More entertainment choices in the room mean more satisfied visitors."

There are other connectivity panel makers in the industry; however, Aloft chose the TeleAdapt MediaHub HD as a future-proofing investment.  “More and more devices are going wireless. Our hotel is above the curve with a wireless music option in our in-room entertainment,” said Vanden Auweele.

TeleAdapt has been helping hotel properties around the world free their guests from headphones and small screens during their stays, enhancing their in-room entertainment experiences. More and more hotels are turning to TeleAdapt products to help their guests enjoy their personal audio and video like never before.

TeleAdapt is one of the world’s innovators in designing guestroom products that help hotels keep their guests connected. Solutions include Ethernet connectors, audio/video connectivity devices, power adapters and consumer electronics accessories that allow travelers to make the most of their portable devices and content while traveling. Today, TeleAdapt’s guestroom connectivity solutions can be found in over two million hotel rooms worldwide. Founded in 1992 and operations in the United Kingdom; United States; Hong Kong, China; Dubai and UAE, TeleAdapt’s products serve the OEM, retail and hospitality sectors worldwide – Keeping Your World Connected.

Created to shake up the staid, traditional select-service segment of the hotel industry, Aloft delivers urban-influenced, open and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point. In the same way that W Hotels broke through the clutter of conformity in the upscale hotel arena a decade ago, Aloft is shaking up the industry for the next generation of traveler. Starwood recognized the opportunity in the select serve market for reinvention and innovation and selected world-renowned design and architecture firm Rockwell Group to collaborate on the new hotel concept.  Aloft hotels are geared toward savvy, design-conscious consumers who grew up with the democratization of design. Aloft hotels are wired for the future and an aggressive growth plan is in place with close to 40 properties set to open by the end of this year from Abu Dhabi and Baltimore, to Dallas and Beijing and everywhere in between.

KoolConnect Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Boston, Mass., is a leading provider of advanced digital and HD media on-demand solutions to luxury and upscale hotels worldwide. KoolConnect was one of the first companies to offer HD VOD in the hospitality industry and today serves nearly 20,000 rooms in prestigious properties in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Dubai and the Caribbean. KoolConnect’s solutions are available with attractive pricing plans to meet the needs of most hotels.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2008 global sales of $44.7 billion, LG comprises of five business units – home entertainment, mobile communications, home appliance, air conditioning and business solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both A Global Partner of Formula 1™ and A Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event.

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