PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays, recently installed 286 Chromecast built-in, Netflix-ready Philips MediaSuite TVs inside the new SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället ski resort in Sweden – providing guests with control of their in-room digital entertainment experience.
Located in the village of Salen and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the SkiStar Lodge – operated by SkiStar, the biggest ski resort operator in Scandinavia – is a destination for families, skiers and snowboarders from around the world, boasting more than 45 kilometres of slopes to suit all levels, from beginners to professionals.
Just 10 minutes from the Scandinavian Mountains Airport, the SkiStar Lodge has been built with comfort and relaxation in mind, featuring two restaurants, a large lounge bar with fireplace seating, sauna, gymnasium and conferencing facilities.
With meticulous attention to detail across the entire lodge and its facilities, SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället wanted to complete its offering of excellence right down to their guest rooms, with the role of the TV playing a crucial role in its ambitions.
Housing 153 rooms and apartments (over 780 beds), the SkiStar Lodge turned to Nonius and PPDS to create and deliver a tailored ‘state-of-the-art’ AV solution to accommodate all current (and future) viewing needs and preferences – such as streaming – for the ultimate home-away-from-home experience.
In total, 286 next generation 4K Philips MediaSuite TVs were selected and installed throughout the Lodge’s full suite of apartments. A key factor in the decision making, Philips MediaSuite TVs remain the only dedicated hospitality TV solution to feature Chromecast built-in.
Providing significant cost savings to the hotel, Chromecast built-in allows guests to seamlessly cast their favourite content from their preferred streaming services, directly onto the TV, from their own personal device – whatever their mobile operating system.
Philips MediaSuite TVs also come with Netflix, securely linking directly to a guest’s account, and they offer an extensive range of games and apps available via the Google Play store.
Using the Nonius HUB connected to PPDS’ display management platform and the resort’s Effectsoft property management system, each guest can be welcomed with a personalised message in their native language as soon as they turn on their TV.
With security of paramount importance, a secure WiFi connection is made between each guest’s personal device and the TV via an intuitive QR code. Upon checkout, the guest’s account credentials are automatically cleared from the room to ensure absolute data privacy.
“I’m pleased to start our partnership with SkiStar on this amazing property in Sälen, SkiStar Lodge Hundfjället, providing them with a seamless casting experience and next generation 4K TV sets from the leading brand Philips, adding information and streaming apps to please the guests at the hotel,” says Filip Hector, Managing Director, Nonius Nordics.
“For hotels, meeting the needs of your guests, from the reception, through the facilities, in the dining areas and in their rooms, is paramount for delivering a memorable experience, and achieving positive reviews, recommendations and return business,” adds Nils Brovold, Nordic Sales Manager at PPDS.
“A growing part of that is the in-room TV experience and providing the ability for guests to cast content from their own device – whether Apple, Android, or any other – is key. That’s something Philips MediaSuite offers above and beyond, with Chromecast built in.
“SkiStar wanted a solution that truly raises the bar for in-room entertainment and, after seeing and experiencing the benefits for both the guests and for the hotel itself, Philips MediaSuite was the standout choice to meet and fulfil their high ambitions. We’re proud to have supported SkiStar on this exciting project,” he concludes.