So you’re getting ready for a vacation, you’re packing up all the things that you need when it hits you: my trip would be even better if I stream all my favorite programming from my hotel TV. But your not sure which device is best. Well, we had the same question, and we did some research.
The best streaming device for hotels is the streaming device you already own. This is because you already know how it works, how to set it up, it’s loaded with all your password, and it’s ready to go. A streaming stick will plug into the back of any TV that has an HDMI port, and most hotels have wifi, and for this reason – you should be all set. If you don’t yet have a streaming stick, we recommend Amazon’s Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote. (Click here to see current price on Amazon.)
Enhance your vacation with free tv and movies
Okay, so to be fair, none of this is (exactly) free. But what I mean is that you’ll gain access in your hotel to all the content you already pay for. But instead of only enjoying this at home, your content and access to material is portable. (Another way Amazon is putting Comcast to shame.)
Make setup even smoother with this simple tip
Getting everything set up should go very smoothly because in large part you are familiar with the device, you understand how it works, you know how to set it up, your passwords are already included, it’s really more about getting it plugged into the correct HDMI port, and then correctly aligning that with the TV.
However, there is one more big consideration, and that is your streaming device has to be connected to power or to an outlet. Often in a hotel, you will see that all of the wires for televisions and such are hidden.
Sometimes they are very difficult to get too and even more than that, oftentimes there’s not an additional power outlet for the firestick to plug into.
So your tip:
Bring with you a small 6-foot extension cord and this will save you a lot of grief trying to connect your device to a power outlet. Because now, you can easily reach the next nearby outlet.
What About Connecting to Wifi
One major consideration when you go to set up the stick is that it has to be connected to your hotel’s Wi-Fi. You will need to use the internet, and it’s possible you may have to check to see if the speed is enough for your sick to work. If you want, you can click here to see if your hotel will have a significant enough Wi-Fi speed for you to use.
What does hotel management think of this?
Believe it or not, a large chunk of the revenue from a hotel or motel can come from guests spending money on extras, such as movies and premium tv shows. Think about how outrageously expensive movies at $15 per movie would be?
Two movies per stay or visit is a huge revenue for any hotel chain. Of course, now you are bringing your own streaming stick and this allows you to simply gain access to content that you would have had at home.
What this means is that you are not spending money on their programs, and for their content. In fact, sometimes you’re not even using any of the features they have set up for you to spend on extras. So bottom line: hotels use money when you stream. (Unless they are charging extra for wifi.)
Not Just for Hotels
One super cool thing to remember is that your streaming stick isn’t just for use at a hotel, you can use it on a cruise ship you can use it at an Airbnb or really on any vacation that you have access to two things. You’ll need a television with an HDMI port and a connection to Wifi internet. Both of those are required
Guess What Happened When We Took our FireStick to Disney World
Last year I took my family on vacation to Disney World. When we packed up and were ready to go, for the first time ever, we took a streaming stick (FireStick) with us to Orlando Florida.
We checked into the hotel, plugged the firestick in, booted it up, added Wi-Fi, and it worked like a dream.
In fact, I think it increased my satisfaction by 10% because I was able to still have access to all of my regular content I would of if I were home.
Plus, I loved not having to fiddle around with the hotel’s, sometimes difficult, system to use with regards to the TV and local channels and such. The stick worked perfectly
Take a look at the specs
At the end of your vacation, don’t make this mistake
At the end of your vacation, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to overlook packing up your streaming stick.
If you’re like me, unplugging this from behind the TV is not top-of-mind. It’s possible, it won’t be for you either. So make a note for yourself to definitely bring it home with you once your vacation is complete. No one what to have to buy another.
So at the end of the day, we definitely recommend you consider using your current streaming device. Stick to what you know. If you don’t have one or were considering another, pick Amazon Firestick with Alexa remote.
Why, because it’s awesome. But no matter what, we definitely recommend you considering spending the $30 or so dollars it will cost to take with you your own device to watch all the programming that you typically are custom to watching at home.
It’s definitely worth the money and will likely increase your happiness with the hotel and maybe your vacation altogether.
Are you ready to take a vacation and use a streaming stick? If so, use the comment section below to tell me what device you used and if you already took your trip. How did it go?