Last week I stayed one night in the Jinglun Hotel in Beijing and was surprised to see their phones. The hotel had in-room phones with large touch screens, I had never came accross these before. But the most interesting aspect was that they showed advertising on the screen. At first only on the right side of the touch pad, but after a while the whole screen was taken over by 30 second (or even longer) TV commercials! It was like having a second TV screen in your room, but one you cannot turn off – at least I did not figure out how to do that.
I found it quite annoying actually, what gives the hotel the right to spam me with commercials even inside my hotel room? For me that’s enough reason not to stay there again (the other reason is that I had a room on the Jianguomenwai Dajie side, which gets very noisy early in the morning). At first I was afraid I would have a lit-up screen next to me the whole night while sleeping, but luckily the screen turned itself off when it’s dark in the room. So maybe the trick to hide from the ads is to close the curtains during daytime and make sure all lights are turned off. Although the phones look nice, to me this is a big FAIL for the management of the Jinglun Hotel in Beijing.