You want tunes with that room?

Sunset  –  June 9, 2005

You left your iPod at home?! These days, that’s like forgettingyour wallet. But don’t sweat it―a number of hotels loan outthe popular digital music devices to guests during their stay.

At Cabo San Lucas’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso (from $450; or888/767-3966), butlers will bring you an iPod loaded with morethan 1,000 songs for cool poolside lounging.

Both iPod Minis and iPod Shuffles are available for checkoutfrom the convenient “Whatever/Whenever” concierge at W Hotels (prices vary; www.starwood. com/whotels or 877/946-8357). And more than 12 albums of customized tunes comestandard on iPod Minis in cottages at San Diego’s Hotel delCoronado (from $295; or800/468-3533), along with in-room Bose docking stations forlate-night dance sessions.

The Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills (from $155; or310/247-0505) added iPod Minis to its Music Minibars in all 35rooms, preloaded with songs from the hotel’s own collection ofmixes. Should you become too attached, most of these hotels willalso sell the iPod or CDs, so the hits can keep on coming.―R.B.

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