Friday, July 25, 2014

Taking the Clock Radio to a Whole New Level with the Sangean WR-22

Just about every day you can check out a story or blog post on the newest in hotel technology trends. Many of these — property management systems, hotel management software, booking engines and the like — have significant back-end impact on guests. At The Daniel, we are as tech savvy as any and use technology to make our hotel better and run more efficiently. But we also love to use new technology that is just flat out cool and can add to look and feel of the guest experience and make any stay even better.

One such cool technology is the Sangean WR-22WL Bluetooth/USB Table-Top Digital Tuning Receiver that we have in our guest rooms.

This is not your father’s clock radio!

The latest evolution of a product that changed the perception of home audio, the Sangean WR-22 has been praised for its detailed sound and for exceptional quality for a system of its size, just a mere 9.4 inches wide by 7.7 inches deep by 4.4 inches high.

What all our guests expect in a bedside clock/radio is handled with ease by the Sangean WR-22, but the device is so much more.

The Bluetooth-enable Sangean WR-22 allows users to listen to their favorite music wirelessly and simply from smartphones, iPods, tablets and PCs. No cables, no confusion and no frustration.

There is also a 3.5mm auxiliary input for other portable music players if desired, as well as a USB port for playing MP3/WMA files from a USB drive.

No matter how or where you store your music, the Sangean WR-22 can handle it and pump it back out through its tech-marvel, 3-inch 7W full range speaker that contains an enlarged magnet. It also has a ported bass tube specifically designed for dynamic bass compensation for richer bass and loudness compensation that gives better bass response characteristics, and helps the device deliver sound beyond its size. Music-heads will also love the rotary bass, treble and balance controls that can be used to further adjust the sound to specific liking.

To top it all off, the Sangean WR-22 is a sleek and modern upgrade on the traditional hotel bedside companion, with its smooth dark walnut finish, an extra-large, backlit custom LDC display with an adjustable dimmer, and an advanced AM/FM-Radio Data System tuner that displays information such as song titles and artists.

Additional features include snooze, adjustable tuning step, dual alarm timer by radio, buzzer or media so you can wake up to your favorite tunes.

Oh yeah, if you like, the Sangean WR-22 even has a fully functioning remote control, so all that cool technology can be harnessed from anywhere in the room.

Sangean Electronics has been pumping out products in the consumer electronics industry for almost 40 years, so it is no surprise that its Sangean WR-22 has received rave reviews from most major consumer products media outlets. The company is particularly known for its specialty receivers and the Sangean WR-22 is as special as they come.

Sangean’s advanced technology is why so many major brands rely on the company to produce their electronics for them and the reason why its own branded products are so well received.

Also, it is no surprise that users of the Sangean WR-22 say they love the system’s Bluetooth functionality, its ability to work easily with iPhone and iTunes, as well as the great sound from a small device.

At The Daniel we want to ensure that every guest experience is like no other and when it comes to in-room clock and music needs, the Sangean WR-22 was the only choice.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel is Maine’s Newest Music Hotspot

Listen up entertainment and music lovers, there’s a new place to be in Maine for the best in up-and-coming and hot musical acts — Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel. It kicked off this spring and is hosted by the hotel’s Coast Bar + Bistro. The Daniel has already etched itself into local performance lore with its musical hits, no cover charge for shows and food and drink specials. The crowds are growing and musicians are clamoring in line to be a part.

If you haven’t been out to witness the music event that has set Brunswick singing then don’t miss this week’s special Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel performance and extended three-day weekend of music with singer/songwriter Lauren Crosby on July 10 and the popular Gillen & Turk in for a special two-night stand on July 11 & July 12.

Fred Gillen Jr. and Matt Turk have been showcasing their vaunted blend of folk, rock and instrumentation up and down the Northeast since their 2008 CD debut “Backs to the Wall.” The multi-instrumental pair harmonize in song and feature guitar, bass, mandolin and an instrument bag-of-tricks that has brought them widespread acclaim and a loyal following. It’s their first stop at the Coast Bar + Bistro and their popularity warranted a special two-night stay.

Crosby is a perfect example of what makes Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel so great and she kicks off this special three-day weekend of music with the 6 p.m. to close Thursday night slot. She is a rising folkie bluesy singer/songwriter from Georgetown Island, Maine, who has been compared to legendary singers such as Janis Joplin and Edie Brickell. Fans have lauded her music for being real, raw and poetic. The Daniel is thrilled to offer a platform for a local talent like Crosby and also give a real treat to audiences who have never seen her wonderful voice on display before — and a welcome return to those that have already fallen in love with her sound.

Musicians are not the only stars of the show for Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel. The Coast Bar + Bistro is also in the spotlight and brings its “music” to the mouths of Thursday’s revellers with a mouthwatering spate of cuisine and drink specials. Great Thursday night deals include $4 draft beers, $3 bottled beers, $4 house wines and $5 mini tacos.

The Coast Bar + Bistro was recently rebranded, renovated and expanded with new interior d├ęcor, a bigger bar, additional seating and a capacity of 80 people. The bar features some of the region’s finest micro-brewed beers, hand-picked wines, and Brunswick’s largest selection of cocktails. The bistro offers a range of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, signature pizzas and entrees. Menus change throughout the year and feature cheeses, organic meats, produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen in Maine.

As part of the Troca Hotels collection, The Daniel is Maine’s newest lifestyle luxury hotel, and Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel also draws on the strength and tradition of Thursday Night Live @ The Sofala, a Trocal Hotels property in Goa, India.

Thursday Night Live @ The Sofala, which has been running strong for several years and over 100 shows, is credited with changing the game for the entertainment scene in Goa; artists from across India and around the world visit the hotel to perform and jam with the house band, Smoking Chutney. Recent performances have featured such well-known acts as Gypsy Kings, Chrystal Farrell, Gary Lawyer and Ricardo Vogt.

Thursday Night Live was created to provide guests of Troca Hotels properties, such as The Daniel and The Sofala, with a vibrant and unique experience, as well as turn the hotels into local and authentic social hotspots. This strategy scored big at The Sofala and the early returns are hitting top marks at The Daniel also.

Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel launched on March 29 with Eric Worthing, lead singer from Worthy Bones, performing a reggae-infused acoustic show, flavored by the sounds of the Grateful Dead and Sublime with his own jams and funky style of guitar playing.

Other featured acts have included: singer/songwriter/guitarist Aaron Nadeau, singer/guitarist Joe Gallant and an unplugged solo blues, bluegrass and country performance by Will Mallett of the award-winning Mallet Brothers.

Rest assured that Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel will only continue heat up and the best is yet to come, so hurry up and grab your spot for the newest and most vibrant Thursday hotspot.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Daniel Hotel Blog Launches: Let Us Curate Your Guest Experience

The Daniel has kicked off The Daniel Hotel Blog, the ultimate place to mingle and satisfy all your guest curiosities and also to let you keep up on all the happenings around The Daniel and the independent lifestyle luxury hotel world.

As part of the Troca Hotels brand, the goal at The Daniel is to deliver exceptional and personalized experiences to our guests when they chose to stay with us. But we also want to make sure our guests always have The Daniel on their minds and, by following The Daniel Blog, will never really be that far away — and ready to return for another great guest stay.

Guests at The Daniel seek a curated, authentic and engaging experience during their stay and beyond. We offer inspired service that delivers on this desire and want to make sure our guests constantly feel The Daniel is always part of their travel experiences.

The Daniel Blog will keep our travelers connected with travel ideas, expert tips, upcoming events to watch out for and the latest The Daniel news.

Want some friendly advice on the latest travel trends? The Daniel Blog can provide that: “Memorial Day Travel Trends: Kicking off the Summer Across the U.S.” 

Want some insight on how The Daniel chooses from all the amenities lined up for a coveted spot at the hotel? Check out: “Hotel Amenities: What’s in Your Guest Room?” 

Are you a traveler that loves to bring along man’s best friend or your favorite pet on the road with you and want to know how The Daniel will fit your needs or the best tips for travel with pets in general? Dig in to: “Pets are Welcome: Travel Tips for Your Furry Friends.” 

Perhaps you are a foodie and already can’t get enough of The Daniel’s Coast Bar + Bistro. In this case, the Daniel Blog will have just the thing for you as you can check back in to learn about the latest dishes, recipes, drinks and general cuisine wizardry diners can expect from the Coast Bar + Bistro.

Fans of live music will want to keep up, to make sure they don’t miss the next hot performance of an up-and-coming act with Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel, which features live music every Thursday from 6 p.m. until close. Killer recent shows have included rising folkie bluesy singer/songwriter Lauren Crosby, singer/guitarist Joe Gallant and singer/songwriter/guitarist Aaron Nadeau. And the lineup promises only to heat up as Thursday Night Live @ The Daniel is now the place to be on Thursday nights.

Don’t expect this blog to just repost company press releases or only flaunt the latest The Daniel offerings. We know you want to be engaged, entertained and to explore all that is the traveling lifestyle. On that note, feel free to comment and make suggestions on what you want to see and hear. We are here to serve you first and foremost.

The Daniel Blog will also feature topics such as design, style, Q&A with staff members, photo essays and provide an eclectic insight into the wonderful Maine region that houses The Daniel.

So stay tuned! You won’t want to miss out.