Can vinyl record players in hotel lobbies—and even in guest rooms—enhance the visitor experience? Absolutely, according to a recent New York Times article that explored this nascent trend.
In fact, two Kimpton hotels in California, the Goodland in Goleta and the Shorebreak in Huntington Beach, have tapped into the low-tech, retro music movement. The Shorebreak has a custom-built player in its library as well as a 50-album collection of music for guests to peruse and play. At the Goodland, every room is equipped with a record player and there is a vinyl record shop in the lobby.
“Almost everyone who stays here comments on how much they love the players,” according to Drew Parker, director of sales and marketing at the Goodland. “For our younger clients, they’re a new discovery and for our older ones, they’re a throwback to the past.”
Here's a quick guided tour through both properties.