iPod available at high-end hotels

By Alorie Gilbert

Music lovers checking into fine hotels may want to ask the front desk about the latest trend in upscale amenities: in-room iPods. Dream, a new Manhattan four-star, is one of the latest boutique hotels to offer guests the use of Apple’s popular music gadget during their stay. The iPods come preloaded with as many as 2,000 songs and are available for each of the Dream’s 200 rooms, said Dream spokesman Andy Patrizia. The music players, available from the concierge, come with a special cable that plugs into the Bose speakers in each room, he said. The rooms also feature 37-inch plasma televisions, digital cable and 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets. The luxuries don’t come cheap of course. The Dream’s rates range from $275 to $575 a night. A 20GB iPod costs $299.

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