We already knew from right here on HotelChatter that the boutique Establishment Hotel on George Street has free WiFi. It was a good start. We've stayed there before and loved the decor and size of the rooms. But what else was there?
Shockingly, a quick search on TripAdvisor, using the "Free High-Speed Internet" option returned just seven options. (The Establishment was not one of them, however.)
Of these, two were at the beach—the Crowne Plaza Coogee and the Swiss-Grand in Bondi. Another was way out in the suburbs and one was a 2-star joint in Kings Cross. A fifth was a boutique hotel in Darlinghurst, which sounds ideal, although further research showed that the WiFi might only really be free in the lobby.
For this trip, we wanted to be in the CBD. There are lots of big-name hotels in the city but most of the major brands charge for in-room WiFi, or perhaps offer it for free in the lobby. And at many hotels, it's not even WiFi, only wired access.
But, without further ado, here is our So Short It's Sad Short List of Sydney CBD Hotels with Free WiFi:
· The Establishment: Cool decor, a convenient location, although rooms average around $300 a night.
· Shangri-La Sydney: Great service, ah-mazing views of the harbour, and a great location in The Rocks. Rooms run upwards of $350.
· Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney: We feel bad that we didn't even think of Radisson when we thought Sydney. But this is in a lovely heritage building in the business end of town, and the rooms look tasteful. Rates start at $270 a night.
· Radisson Hotel & Suites, Sydney: Big suites, and close to all the deliciousness of Chinatown. Rooms from $260 a night.
Know of any others? We'd be more than happy to be called a curmudgeon for complaining about the state of hotel WiFi in Sydney, so if you can tell us of other properties with free in-room WiFi, let us know in comments below.
We'll add them to the list, and shout it from the rooftops!