INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Country Inn Locks Onto Miwa

Installation was a breeze, operation and maintenance are going well, and a unique motion sensor arrangement for the front door convinced the operators of a Country Inn & Suites in Cayce, SC to go with Miwa locks.

“It took two days to get all the locks installed, and that included setting up exterior magnetic stripe readers for two entrances and a magnetic locking system for the main entrance,“ says Jack McMullan, director of property systems for Capstone Management, a Greensboro, NC management company.

Capstone runs the Country Inn & Suites Columbia Airport, a 64-room property that opened last Thanksgiving. Capstone likes Miwa's style, which comes clear at the entrance to the property.

The magnetic locking system at the main entrance operates off a motion sensor in the lobby that allows the door to be locked at a specific time in the evening, says McMullan, who was there for the two-day installation. “For guests leaving, the motion sensor releases the door lock,“ he says. “It's not like a regular exit door that has the panic bars you push to release the lock.“ Here, two glass doors swing open, and the magnetic array eliminates the need for a deadbolt and a bar.

“The only thing you see is the motion sensor, a small, white box above the door,“ McMullan says. “There are electronic locks at all of our hotels and we have some way of locking the front door at a given time in the evening. This was just Miwa's methodology of handling that.“
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Television

The new RCA J27F635 27-inch television features the TruFlat picture tube, reducing peripheral screen reflections and glare by more than 60 percent, says the company, as well as providing a wider effective viewing angle. The model offers a high-performance video display with S-video capability, broadcast stereo sound, one-button channel guide and eight-character channel labeling.
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In-Room Coffee

Classic Coffee Concepts offers a wide selection of four-cup filter pouch coffees for the hospitality industry. Coffees are made with 100-percent gourmet coffee beans. The pre-measured filter pouches are available in foil packages to assure a fresh cup of coffee.
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Drying Cabinet

Whirlpool's DryAire drying cabinet quickly dries sports and recreation equipment, from delicates to bulky items, making it easy for guests to care for wet clothes and outdoor gear. Just hang or lay items to dry. The drying cabinet can be mounted directly to a wall or enclosed in custom cabinetry. No external venting required.
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Video Programming

Better Life On Demand announces new Life Improvement programming available to lodging guests through LodgeNet Entertainment Corp. Original content is from the top names in the life improvement industry. Programs have a running time of between 45 and 60 minutes and prices range from $8.95 to $11.95.
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Folding Tables

Midwest Folding Products offers heavy-gauge ABC plastic tabletops, with extra-thick protective edges designed to withstand rough handling. Tables feature heavy-duty, all-welded, wishbone style legs with double cross bracing and spring-bolt leg brace mechanisms for long-term durability.
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Graphic Writing Instruments

BIC Graphic USA, a division of BIC USA Inc., launched digital color graphics on writing instruments — a new technology that prints brilliant full color artwork with sharp contrast text and high-resolution graphics from digital data. This new decoration process is available on a variety of writing instruments, giving customers a breadth of product choices to showcase their company's lo-go, name or message.
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Night Light

The HT110 bathroom bright night light/black-out light with clock and courtesy plug is available from Hotel Technologies. The unit features an LCD clock/timer; one-touch countdown timer; an LED, energy-efficient, lifetime night light with on/off switch; and a theft-proof mounting system.
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Safes

Dometic acquired hotel safe manufacturer Oyster Electronics S.L. in 2004 and now offers a line of custom hotel safes designed to easily integrate with Dometic's HiPro refreshment centers or as standalone units. They range in size and features, including manual and electronic closing units, and feature an optional LED display.
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Wicker Furniture

Walter's Wicker, Inc. introduces the Mystique Collection, comprising three pieces: the sectional with chaise, the club chair and the occasional chair. Resting on curved mahogany legs, the collection is crafted of woven wicker. The legs may be stained in any of 16 difference finishes.
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Instructional Video

A new training video from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, “Professional Van Courtesy Service,“ shows drivers how to provide high-quality service that will exceed guests' expectations while providing a safe driving experience. The companion guide included with the video features a daily vehicle inspection checklist, rules of the road and additional tips for better courtesy van service.
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Laundry Cart

The new 90P bulk laundry cart by Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. features a hinged split top and advanced security door design that permit operation as both a round- trip and one-way clean linen delivery cart. The 90P provides ergonomic access to clean linens during delivery, isolates soiled linens during return transport beneath a rigid, weatherproof top and safeguards linens against casual theft behind rugged, lockable (optional) doors.
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