HotelChatter Annual WiFi Report 2010
Zetter Hotel in London. Free reliable WiFi and a desk to work at staring out onto a Clerkenwell neighborhood square.
INTERNATIONAL HOTEL WIFI
Despite the fact that recently some countries have seemed leery of new technology, we're finding that more and more international hotels are embracing the wireless trend--and without killing our weak American wallets either. For instance, Best Western Hotels just announced that all of their properties world-wide would now offer free WiFi. Hurrah! In general (and we know it is a big generalization), International hotels are not as hip to free WiFi as they are flash mobs and talent shows, so for every hotel where we found free WiFi this year, there were a few bad apples too.
Here's some of the Best and Worst International Hotel WiFi, based on our personal experiences, and those of our readers from May 2009 through April 2010.
The JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London charges $33 a day for wired internet.
All of these hotels in London offer free WiFi!
Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh has it fashionably free!
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice charges $17 a day.
Barcelo Raval in Barcelona has free WiFi throughout, including on the roof terrace.
Alfonso XIII in Seville charges 30 Euros a day.
NH Eurobuilding Madrid charges 25 Euros for one day of internet.
Hotel Silken Puerta America in Madrid is worse, charging 9.63 Euros PER HOUR for internet.
Hotel du Palais in Biarritz lets you surf for free oceanside.
Mama Shelter has it free in the guestrooms and public areas
Auberge de la Commanderie charges 10 Euros for breakfast and considerably more for WiFi.
The Marriott Berlin has a ridiculous pricing option that would give you wireless internet for one week for about $140.
Roomers in Frankfurt has free WiFi in rooms and the public areas.
Five Cool Rooms in Buenos Aires has cool and free WiFi.
Hotel Fasano charges 50 reais a day for "spotty" WiFi.
Holiday Inn Santiago Airport has WiFi free in rooms and public spaces, although you do need a code.
The Intercontinental Guadalajara charges about $13 for getting online.
Playa Viva has no TVs but instead, free WiFi.
Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver charges $14 a day.
Hotel Le Germain Calgary has free WiFi and "Fresh air supply humidified at 30 percent."
The Upper House promises free wired or wireless internet throughout their hotel.
URBN carbon-neutral hotel in China with free wifi to boot.
Cape Lodge in Margaret River had free WiFi in the public areas.
Don't forget to look at the 2009 International Hotel WiFi List for more hotels that offer free WiFi and those that don't.
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