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Will a Hotel Lose Your Business if It Doesn't Have Flat Screens?

Will a Hotel Lose Your Business if It Doesn't Have Flat Screens?

When paying for a stay away from home, many travelers expect at least the same luxuries in hotels that they enjoy in their everyday lives. As consumers invest in new plasma flat-screen TVs, hotels feel pressure to replace their bulky old tubes with new, sleeker versions. After the initial flat-screen overhaul, the next step in upgrading hotel rooms is installing HDTV, which is a pricey process that many feel is necessary to remain competitive.

When you're comparing amenities before booking a hotel stay, does a hotel lose marks (and possibly your dollars) if it doesn't have flat-screen TVs?


skigurl skigurl 9 years
even if i did plan to watch tv in a hotel room, which i usually never do, i wouldn't give a crap! we have non-flat screens in some of my rooms at home/at the cottage/at my boyfriends and i don't care!
Jyramiah Jyramiah 9 years
Yeah, I like to check out the other ammenities first. The pool, the fitness room, the BUFFETS! The boob tube is just for nighttime when I'm beat from doing everything else.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I don't plan on being in my hotel room enough to really care about the tv in there. =P
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I don't have TV at home so when I'm traveling I love nothing more than watching TV in my hotel rooms! If they don't have good channels I get disappointed but I couldn't care less if it was flat or not!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I guess I would be pleasantly surprised if I found that a hotel DID have flat screen TVs but I really don't care one way or the other. The cleanliness, comfort, etc. are much more important than the look of the TV! As long as it's not, like, a 9-inch black & white thing.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
Even if I have a hotel room, I hopefully don't spend too much time watching TV in it. So I wouldn't like hotels to raise their rates for something so useless as a flat screen.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
If I'm out of town chances are I'm there to do somethin else so I could give a shit. I feel like when people stay at hotels they become these different people with all of these expectations that they dont normally have at home. I hate it when people get all bitchy and whiny about the accomodations when you can tell their at home accomodations are probably crappy and they're just putting on about it!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I dunno...maybe if it was @ a resort...but if it's like a regluar hotel I don't really care. My bf on the other hand ALWAYS asks if they have a flat screen!
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
When I'm traveling for work I don't get to choose where I stay; when I'm on vacation, cost is the main factor. I can't think of any factor that would take a hotel out of the running, besides cost and basic cleanliness issues. Unlike a lot of posters, I actually do watch TV in hotels; if I'm working it's nice to have background noise while I'm typing, and if I'm on vacation the husband and I use it to wind down. But we don't have a flat-screen at home so I wouldn't expect it elsewhere.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't honestly think that a TV is going to be the reason that i don't return to a property or choose to stay elsewhere - the frustrating thing is the lack of channels to watch while i'm in the room - and that's not something that i foresee the hotels changing anytime soon. it's nice to have a pretty flatscreen on the wall, but if you think about it, how much time are you REALLY spending in the room to make it necessary to have the nicer TV? i think that it makes the hotel look more updated and modern but it's not a breaking point for me.
joy76 joy76 9 years
well not that I watch TV when I am away, however the fact that they don't have flat screens tells that the hotel is dated. Usually, but not in all cases, it is an indication of un-updated and unrenovated hotel room! Don't get me wrong I look at other things as well in addition to that, I guess the TV thing allows me to make a decision if i have 2 choices or in some cases narrows the options.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I dont go on vacation to watch tele... I go to see the sights! Outside!
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
It wouldn't bother me either way but I'm more of a budget traveler--I always show up with low expectations and a bottle of Febreeze. If I were looking for/staying at a nice hotel then I might expect it, though, because if I'm paying enough for the room I want it to be modern and well-designed, which usually means a flatscreen. That said, I wouldn't mind it if there were a regular TV that was cleverly hidden. I'd just be a little miffed if I paid like $200 for a room with a bulky hanging tv unit in the corner...
popcorn19 popcorn19 9 years
I usually stayed in I've gotten used to the lack of TVs all together. I could honestly care less what amenities a hotel has. All I'm looking for is a bed.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
It really depends if I'm on vacation or on a work trip. Vacation means I'm not in the hotel watching, for work, I might be at night to unwind. I think the channels they get is more important than the tv.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I don't go on vacation to watch TV!
baybug baybug 9 years
I really don't see how this could be an issue. As long as the TV has cable, who really cares what it looks like?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
The hotel's TV doesn't matter to me. I'm more concerned whether it has a good bar, good restaurants, and good room service :feedme: Oh, and SugarKat, that sounds creepy!
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
Usually I like a hotel because of the bed, not the tv. I love nice sheets. I did go to one hotel and the tv turned on several times when I didn't want it to. It woke me up in the middle of the night. I was NOT pleased. Did I care that it was a flatscreen?! No, I just wanted one that worked properly...
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I travel for work and I hardly ever watch TV in the hotel. I never pay attention to the TV, I am too obsessed with the sheets.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I travel for both business and pleasure fairly often the kind of TV does not matter to me as long as it works. Plus I really am not their to watch TV.
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
No I don't really care, it's nice if they do, but I never stay in my hotel long enough to watch tv, if I'm on vacay there are way better things to do than sit inside and watch tv. Maybe if I went on business trips it would matter more.
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