Business travellers staying at the new Manchester City Inn will find it easier
to get work done during their stay, with high-tech Apple Macs installed in every
room. The four-star hotel, which opened at the end of May this year, has struck
a deal with software solutions provider DirectStreams, ensuring that each of the
285 guest rooms are fitted with an iMac.
The initiative will be particularly welcome to
travellers weary of lugging laptops around, as work can be safely saved onto a
memory stick via the USB port and then deleted using “Deep Freeze” software.
This works by permanently erasing all new information when the computer is shut
down, leaving a clean slate for the next guest. Standard rooms and clubrooms
have wired keyboards and mice, while suites include wireless keyboards and mice
in the lounge area, allowing business travellers to sit and work at their
The iMacs also serve as the room’s TV system, with
38 channels and 23 radio stations, plus multimedia features such as i-tunes,
i-chat, i-photos and i-movies, allowing guests to select from a range of
Says Huw O’Connor, managing director of City Inn:
“We want to give customers what they should rightfully expect; an in-room
entertainment/multimedia capability that is equal to that which they will have
in their home or in their office”.
Following the introduction of the iMacs at City Inn
Manchester, the group plans to extend the initiative to its four other
properties in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow.
For more information visit cityinn.com.
Report by Karen Eeuwens