Hilton Honors Guest Ears With iHeart Integration


So, you’re in yet another hotel room that lacks an AM/FM radio?

Hilton has an app for that.

The hotel chain on Tuesday (9/17) unveiled a new integration with iHeartRadio to allow guests to stream live radio stations, music playlists and podcasts directly from their TVs through Hilton’s “Connected Room” guest technology platform.

It’s a feature already seen at select hotels owned by Marriott and Hyatt.

“With iHeartRadio, guests who stay in Hilton Connected Rooms will be able to play exclusive audio content and have instant access to thousands of live radio stations from across the country, customized music stations based on their favorite artists, and top podcasts across all categories including travel, business, sports, entertainment, comedy and more,” the nation’s No. 1 owner of radio stations notes.

Travelers can use either their Hilton Honors app or the in-room remote to access the content on their guestroom TV.

“We heard our guests loud and clear when they said they wanted the ability to stream music in their guestrooms, so we’re excited to bring this to life in collaboration with iHeartRadio,” said Noelle Eder, EVP and chief information and digital officer for Hilton. “This addition to Connected Room is just another way we’re making travelers feel at home by giving them access to their favorite content and enjoying custom, curated playlists for any occasion or mood.”

Michele Laven, president of strategic partnerships for iHeartMedia, added that the company looks forward “to helping enhance the guest’s stay by giving them the companionship of our live radio stations as well as quick and easy access to iHeartRadio’s massive catalog of music playlists, podcasts and more.”

iHeartRadio joins Netflix and SHOWTIME in Hilton’s Connected Room technology, which also allows guests to access on-demand content and also control the temperature, lights and TV from their mobile device or in-room remote.

Hilton currently has more than 3,500 Connected Rooms across 15 hotels and plans to roll out the technology to the majority of its portfolio of nearly 5,900 hotels over the coming years.