Shangri-La Hotels Now Offering Free Internet -- Who's Next?
Ah, sweet progress: Shangri-La Hotels are now giving us our precious Internet for free. That's all 60 Shangri-La and Traders Hotels and Resorts, wired and wireless, fo' free. No charge. Nice.
According to Hotels Mag, Shangri-La says it's the first international hotel group to offer free Internet to guests in every part of each hotel that's guestrooms, public areas, restaurants, lounges and function areas. Why this has taken so long, we have no idea but we're hoping other upscale chains start to follow suit.
While it fills us with glee that we're now going to be getting Internet connections in those hotels for free, it saddens us that we are so excited about it because it's still so rare to score free Internet in upscale hotels and a lot of us at HC feel that connecting to the 'net in a hotel should be free, no matter what the caliber of property. $12.99 or more-dollars-a-day to connect just seems absurd to us in a time where most people use the Internet daily for one thing or another (but perhaps we're biased because, uh, we work on the Internet).
Last time we rounded up the Best and Worst Hotels for WiFi, there was a startling number of chains in our "Where You Pay" column. Here's hoping that Shangri-La's free Internet initiative kickstarts a whole free Internet movement across all the big international chains (and look, hoteliers! It's good for your hotel too!) And believe us: we will continue our crusade until we can connect everywhere without the fear of insane fees.