Unconventional Hotel Feature: A Bathroom Mirror Bluetooth Speaker?

by joeheg

When you arrive at a hotel and head to your room, there are certain amenities you’ve come to expect. For example, if you’ve booked a room through the hotel’s website or app, you can almost always anticipate your name being displayed on the television screen as soon as you enter the room.

Another feature you may notice in your hotel room is the motion detector system. These are lights that are designed to turn on automatically when they sense movement. This is convenient when you need to get up during the night to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. This is certainly one of the best hotel inventions ever, as it makes it much easier to navigate your way around the room without having to fumble around in the dark.

We visited a Crowne Plaza hotel that had its own unique feature in the bathroom – a wireless Bluetooth stereo embedded in the mirror.

a bathroom with a mirror and a sink

There were no instructions about the device in the room, so I did an internet search. I discovered this was a Vive mirror from the Electric Mirror company.

a close up of a window

From the Vive website:

Fine tune your lighted mirror with Vive® and turn any room into a virtual amphitheater. Vive allows you to pair a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone or tablet to the mirror, instantly transforming it into a wireless stereo system. Simple and easy to use, Vive can create a symphonic streaming audio experience in any space with just a touch.

Since there were no directions in the room, we didn’t use the Bluetooth aspect of the mirror during our stay. However, it seems that it’s relatively easy to pair your device to the mirror:

  1. Simply touch the power button on the mirror.
  2. On your Bluetooth-enabled device, select “Electric Mirror” in your Bluetooth settings. Your device will be paired to the mirror when the blinking white sync light turns solid white.
  3. Once paired, start your music via your device. Control the volume directly from your device.

Honestly, I like listening to music when I’m in the shower, and I don’t bring a waterproof Bluetooth speaker with me when traveling. But I have to wonder how many people actually use this device at the hotel. Even more so because I doubt most guests even know what it is. I consider myself to be pretty techno-savvy and even I had to search for it on the internet to see how it worked.

I liked the shower speaker at the Goldener Hirsch in Austria much better, where I could pick from different radio stations. It was only a dial to select the station and a knob to adjust the volume.

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