Finding Free WiFi Just Got a Hell of a Lot Easier in France, Australia and Asia
Seen at the Novotel Gare du Lyon in Paris
UPDATE: We goofed. Accor Hotels has been providing free WiFi in all their hotels in France since July 1, 2010.
We'd like to think that this latest bit of news from Accor Hotels in France and Marriott Hotels in Australia and Asia had something to do with our Hotel WiFi Report which we released on Tuesday, but never matter, we're just happy that finding free WiFi at these hotels just got a hell of a lot easier.
First up, Accor Hotels has told HotelChatter that
starting since July 1 of 2010, all their hotels (about 1,400 total) in France will offer free WiFi. This includes the brands Hotel F1, Ibis, All Seasons, Mercure Hotels, Novotel Hotels, Pullman Hotels and Sofitel Hotels. They also have plans to roll out free WiFi progressively at their hotels in Europe. Sadly, in America, you will still have to pay at Sofitel hotels.
Down under in Australia, Marriot Hotels is now offering free WiFi for its Marriott Rewards members of any level--not just Gold and Platinum. The same thing goes for Marriott Hotels in Asia. Simon F. Cooper, Marriott's regional executive (and who used to run The Ritz-Carlton brand) told Australian Business Traveler:
"You canít put a price on staying connected, so we donít."
Well put. We just hope Marriott in the U.S. makes the same move as well.
Want to know who charges for WiFi and who doesn't? Read about it on our 2011 Hotel WiFi Report