HotelChatter Annual WiFi Report 2012: International

2012 Hotel WiFi Report :: Best :: Worst :: International :: U.S. Cities :: FAQ :: Infographic

INTERNATIONAL

The international scene continues to be one of mystery when it comes to WiFi. Many hotel brands that offer it for free in the U.S. charge for it abroad (like Holiday Inn) yet we've been in remote places of the world and managed to get free WiFi. While there have been some improvements in WiFi offerings in the past few years, it's not as plentiful as we like. Wanna know where we can always count on to free WiFi? Singapore where so many hotels offer it free for guests you'd be an idiot to pay. Most improved? France especially now that all Accor Hotels all have free WiFi. Even Australia is undergoing a bit of a turnaround now that Marriott Rewards members of any level can get free WiFi at Marriott Hotels. (Same goes for Marriott Rewards members in Asia.) Alas, the rest of Europe seems to be hopeless as many of the bigger, well-known brands (Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton and InterContinental) are still charging between 15 and 20 Euros a day--per device--for internet.

Here are some of the Best and Worst International Hotel WiFi, based on our personal experiences, and those of our readers from April 2011 through March 2012.

CANADA


Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (free when you join the Fairmont Presidents Club)
Le Petit Hotel Montreal
Hotel Le Germain Calgary

THE CARIBBEAN

Costa Rica

Harmony Hotel Costa Rica

SOUTH AMERICA

Chile

Hotel NOI Vitcura, Santiago

Marriott Santiago: 7,000 Pesos a day

Argentina

Hotel El Aguamiel, Maipu, Argentina

EUROPE

London


The Rockwell
Dean Street Townhouse


Thompson Belgraves £15 a day
Sofitel Hotel Terminal 5 LHR: £6 an hour, £15 a day

More Hotels in London with Free WiFi

Liverpool


Hard Days Night Hotel (Even The Beatles are down with free WiFi)


Liverpool Marriott: £6 an hour or £20 a day.

France


Accor Hotels in France (1,400 of them) have been offering free WiFi since July 1. This includes the brands Hotel F1, Ibis, All Seasons, Mercure Hotels, Novotel Hotels, Pullman Hotels and Sofitel Hotels.

Couvent des Minimes: WiFi was free at this retreat in Provence but it hardly worked at all.

Paris
Hotel Bellechasse

Italy

Maison Moschino: 24 Euros per day, for one device

Netherlands


The Dylan, Amsterdam

ASIA

Hong Kong


Upper House
East Hotel
Peninsula Hong Kong

Beijing


Opposite House (Note: it was free but not fast thanks to Beijing's notorious filters)

Singapore


The Raffles Singapore
Wanderlust Hotel Singapore
Hotel New Majestic Singapore
Hotel 1929 Singapore
Shangri-La Singapore

Bangkok


The Luxx
The Peninsula
Anantara Bangkok
Anantara Riverside

The Metropolitan: About $20 for 24 hours (the hotel has since switched to free WiFi)

AUSTRALIA

Sydney

Shangri-La Sydney

NEW ZEALAND

The Spire

Wellington's Museum Hotel: $12 NZD a day

Don't forget to look at the 2011 International Hotel WiFi List for more hotels that offer free WiFi and those that don't.

Have you logged on in a hotel recently? Let us know your Best and Worst Hotel WiFi Experiences Here.

2012 Hotel WiFi Report :: Best :: Worst :: International :: U.S. Cities :: FAQ :: Infographic