Marriott rooms plug in to HDTV

All Marriott hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada will get a high-definition television by the end of 2009, the company has announced.

All Marriott hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada will get a high-definition television by the end of 2009, the company has announced. OK, it's official: now I will definitely be going for Marriott over Motel 6!

Rooms will have a plug-in panel that lets guests connect laptops, camcorders, digital cameras and other gadget paraphernalia to a flat panel, high-def screen. The standard 32-inch televisions will also be equipped with a 25-watt stereo speaker system so guests can listen to tunes on their MP3 players, with no headphones required.

By the end of 2007, Marriott expects to have the new technology installed in 25 percent (nearly 40,000) of its JW Marriott, Marriott and Renaissance guest rooms in the U.S. and Canada, Marriott International said in a statement. The rollout should be complete within three years.

Could tricked-out digital rooms be the way of the hotel future? Sure makes those business trips seem a whole lot more palatable.

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