Seems that the hotel industry is FINALLY hearing what business travelers have been screaming about for the last, oh, five years or so. They are getting around to making free Wi-Fi standard, instead of a pricey add-on, even at full-service brands that seem to be hold outs.
You’ll still get it free and easy at moderate brands like Best Western, Marriott Courtyard, Hampton or Holiday Inn. Mod new brands like Hyatt’s Andaz, InterConti’s Indigo and Starwood’s Aloft or Element offer it free.
But to get it from the posher players, there are hoops: for example, at Fairmont, Omni or Kimpton, you must first sign up for their (free) loyalty programs. Also, some larger companies with buying clout and good travel managers get free Wi-Fi as part of a negotiated rate with the hotel.
WARNING: This seems to be an almost exclusively American phenomenon as hotels, especially in big European capitals, continue their rapacious ways—charging $20-$40 per day for Wi-Fi.
What’s the most you’ve ever paid for Wi-Fi? Where did you pay it? Leave your comments below.
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Delta Dawg says
Culture shock was more brutal than expected in Vienna, Austria. As a Marriott Gold traveler a Renaissance hotel allowed me club level status but tacked on 19 Euro per day internet access fee. My travel partner is Platinum level and his access fee was waived.
Please get real!