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August 15, 2005 10:28 AM

Broken: Hotels' alarm clocks

Yahoo News: Hotels improve alarm clocks for weary guests.


Get a watch!

Posted by: no one at August 15, 2005 10:42 AM

From personal experience I can say that Hilton has done a good job with it's alarm clock.

I was in Chicago for 2 weeks in July and stayed at a Hilton and at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Hilton clock was easy to set, and it was easy to tune the radio. The clock at the Hard Rock was confusing at best. I got the radio on whilst trying to set the alarm. 10 minutes later I got the station I wanted. I never did figure out how to set the alarm and used the wake-up call every day.

Posted by: myheadhurts at August 15, 2005 10:46 AM

Wow! We go though a post without the first commenter saying 'first'. I'm impressed.

Posted by: a_cheesepuff at August 15, 2005 11:08 AM

As far as I'm concerned, the use of AM/PM is broken when it comes to alarm clocks. It's pretty difficult to set the clock for the wrong morning/afternoon time when your choices are 7.30 or 19.30 (and, yes, I'm an American who grew up with scant exposure to 24-hour time).

Although, I've found hotel alarm clocks (and wakeup calls) so unreliable that I've taken to just setting the alarm on my cell phone and using that to wake up. That way, I can be sure that I've set things right.

Posted by: Steve at August 15, 2005 01:29 PM

I dont travel too often, and when I do I rarely stay at hotels

At least a few of the hotels are offering to fix the problem

Posted by: john russell at August 15, 2005 02:21 PM

Hmm... Can the sixth poster say first?


Posted by: nickd at August 15, 2005 04:09 PM

Geez, people... You can go to Target or K-Mart and buy a digital LCD travel alarm clock for, like $5. I got one for $10 at Target that shows time, date, day of the week and even the temprature of the room. It also has the "progressive alarm" that starts out quiet and gets louder so you aren't shocked awake. It even said "AM" or "PM" instead of that little dot.

Posted by: Citizen Of Trantor at August 15, 2005 04:25 PM

so can the eighth! FIRST!!!!

But anyway, i read about the little dot, it stands for PM so ppl don't confuse it for a radio band. (ante meridian=amplitude modulation) Anyway, my cell has a Progressive Alarm, and i used that before i got my normal clock.

Don't the wakeup calls cost like five dollars each?

Posted by: Bob at August 15, 2005 05:57 PM

I currently own a clock right now that has the dot signifying AM. All clocks are the devil. I especially liked my last clock that put the off "button" next to the snooze button. I was late to work on several occassions until I bought my current alarm clock, which I havent had plugged in for several months. Who is broken now, Me or the clock?

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Posted by: Ali at August 16, 2005 01:14 AM

Bob: That'd be wonderful if all clocks used the light to represent PM... except that they don't. I have one here on my desk where the light is clearly marked AM.

Posted by: codeman38 at August 16, 2005 07:33 AM

Ali: What site?

Posted by: Sean P at August 16, 2005 04:08 PM

Wait - why is this on TIB? It isn't broken. It's actually something getting fixed! It should be labeled Fixed or Just For Fun.

On the same point, it is good to see that people do care about costumer experiences.

Posted by: Kevin at August 16, 2005 05:23 PM

OK, i guess i was wrong.

Posted by: Bob at August 16, 2005 07:07 PM

Oops, sorry about that, First!

Posted by: myheadhurts at August 16, 2005 09:41 PM

What happened to the good old days when you could request a wake-up call? I know the telephone always wakes me up best when I'm jet-lagged/wiped out/in a state that would usually entail me being in a hotel room...

Posted by: R at August 17, 2005 12:18 PM

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