Marriott "Go Board"

Virtual Earth has a multitude of uses on the web, but now you can see it moving into the hotel lobby. Marriott is rolling out their "Go Board" which is a large screen in their hotel lobbies highlighting weather, news, events and other local information, but more importantly maps! Virtual Earth maps no less. 


The Go Board has a touch screen interface allowing users to view maps and get directions right from the screen. There's a full list of local points of interest for guests to browse through, see where they are in proximity to the hotel and get directions right to the respective location. It's not evident from the video, but you can touch the map and drag it for that fluid AJAX experience you've come to love.


And you thought Virtual Earth was for the web only. The Go Board is currently available at the Courtyard Fairfax Fair Oaks in Virginia. You'll see the Go Board in the following locations soon:

San Diego made the list - very nice!


Comments (3)

  1. Billymac says:

    We have one in our new Courtyard…  It’s not really all that impressive if you know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.  It’s a giant TV that you can touch (instead of using a mouse) to navigate to places.  It’s glitchy.  The map likes to reset on you when you’ve almost figured out where you’re going.  The weather likes to blank out and display a giant red N/A in the morning.  The scrolling ticker at the bottom occasionally decides to not scroll and is just a blank gray box.  Best of all, it’s amusing to be showcasing the "glorified TV" to a guest and it decides to have a DOS error that throws a MS Window up, right in the middle of the screen.  

    For $50K, I can think of a LOT of things that would work better…  for minimum wage, management could hire a concierge, full time and still have 20-30K to play with.

    There are all ready computers in the business center that have a fantastic and easy-to-use interface.  Better yet, if we really really wanted to blow $50K, we could pick up 75 laptops (We only have 92 rooms total!) and sign them out (for 5 bucks a night?… more revenue?) and the guest can look up anything they want… and it doesn’t NEED to be USA Today… they can get their info from Cspan or CNN or Bloomberg or MSNBC or FOX.  Who cares!,,  Whoever!  Point is, for the pricetag, this is the most overpriced touchscreen TV I have ever seen.  Come on 4-Winds… at least throw in the printing interface… don’t charge another ten grand for it.  Geeze.

  2. edoherty says:

    A couple clarifications to the posting from Billymac.  First, the GoBord does not cost anywhere near $50k and there was no charge at all for the printing interface.  Not sure where you got that information but it is untrue.

    Overall guest feedback on the GoBoard has been extraordinarily positive.  Just last week, we were introduced to a Courtyard guest who told is it was "the coolest technology that he had seen in a hotel and very useful."  Courtyard is the only hotel brand that has released a digital signage initiative of this magnitude and on such an impressive 57" LCD touch screen display.

    We are continuously seeking ways to enhance the GoBoard for the Courtyard guest and would look forward to speaking with you directly.  Please feel free to contact me directly at

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