A new study from the website hotelwifitest.com finds that the lodging chain with the overall best Wi-Fi quality in guest rooms is not a U.S. company but a Scandinavian group.
The site examined Wi-Fi quality at 50 hotel chains worldwide and rated Nordic Choice in the number one spot. Nordic Choice has scores of hotels in the Scandinavian countries, most of them affiliated with Choice International brands like Comfort, Quality and Clarion. What’s more, it offers free Wi-Fi at all of its locations, the report noted. (The study also estimated what percentage of a chain’s properties offer free in-room Wi-Fi.)
How do they judge Wi-Fi quality? “A hotel judged as having adequate WiFi must provide an expected download speed of at least 3 Mbps (the Netflix recommendation for SD-quality streaming) and an upload speed of 500 kbps (the Skype recommendation for high-quality non-HD video calling),” the company said.
”WiFi Quality is expressed by the percentage of hotels that offer adequate WiFi quality in a given geographical area. This type of ranking is easy to understand, and it makes perfect sense from a practical standpoint. For most travelers, having super-fast and consistently stable WiFi is a great bonus, but their first priority is ensuring that basic quality expectations for Internet access are met.”
The Radisson Blu chain ranked second in Wi-Fi quality, followed by Marriott’s Renaissance brand, France‘s Mercure and Ibis groups, Scandic Hotels, InterContinental, Econo Lodge, Four Points, and Marriott Hotels.
Chains not on the list were excluded because they didn’t have enough tested hotels.
Following is the full list of chains.
|Chain name||WiFi Quality||Free WiFi|
|5||Ibis and ibis styles||60.3%||84.2%|
|10||Marriott Hotels & Resorts||52.5%||18.1%|
|12||Sheraton Hotels & Resorts||47.1%||37.0%|
|18||Hilton Hotels & Resorts||45.6%||26.0%|
|26||Holiday Inn Express||37.3%||90.0%|
|29||Country Inn & Suites||35.3%||93.1%|
|33||La Quinta Inn & Suites||33.1%||95.1%|
|40||Red Roof Inn||26.5%||98.2%|
|43||Hilton Garden Inn||17.1%||97.1%|
|48||Extended Stay America||8.8%||100%|
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