Apple Brings AirPlay to Hotel Rooms, Enhancing Guest Experiences

Apple Brings AirPlay to Hotel Rooms, Enhancing Guest Experiences

Personalized In-Room Entertainment

Apple Airplay
Image: IHG

In a move that promises to elevate the in-room entertainment experience for travelers, Apple has officially launched AirPlay support in select hotel rooms across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This long-awaited feature allows guests to seamlessly stream content from their iPhones and iPads directly to the TV in their hotel rooms.

Long-Awaited Integration

The AirPlay functionality, first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in 2023, has finally come to fruition with the release of iOS 17.3 earlier this year. Initially, the feature will be available in more than 60 IHG Hotels & Resorts properties, including brands like Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites, and Avid Hotels. Apple has stated that more locations will be added in the coming months.

Seamless and Immersive Experiences

With AirPlay, guests can now enjoy a personalized and immersive entertainment experience during their stay. From streaming their favorite shows and movies from services like Apple TV+ and other popular platforms to listening to custom playlists on Apple Music, the possibilities are endless. Additionally, travelers can view vacation photos, practice presentations, play games on Apple Arcade, or even follow along with Apple Fitness+ workouts and meditations on the larger hotel TV screen.

Effortless Setup and Secure Connections

The setup process is designed to be seamless and secure. Guests can automatically connect to the compatible LG hotel TV and the hotel’s Wi-Fi network by simply scanning a unique QR code displayed on the screen. Once connected, they can share almost anything from their iPhone or iPad directly to the TV. Multiple devices can be paired, allowing friends and loved ones traveling together to enjoy the shared experience.

Prioritizing Privacy

Privacy is a key consideration with this new feature. Each QR code is unique to the hotel room, ensuring that the content shared is available only to the user during their stay. When guests check out, their connection to the TV is erased, preventing future guests and hotel staff from accessing any of their activity.

Elevating Guest Experiences

As the travel industry continues to adapt to the evolving needs of modern guests, this integration of AirPlay in hotel rooms represents a significant step forward in enhancing the overall guest experience. With more hotels expected to adopt the feature in the coming months, travelers can look forward to a more personalized and convenient in-room entertainment experience, regardless of their destination.


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