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Still Wondering About Your Hotel WiFi Connection? Look No Further

April 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

So yesterday, THIS happened. Yeah, we're talking about the 2012 HotelChatter Hotel WiFi Report which not only lists the usual best and worst suspects when it comes to hotel WiFi but also details the costs of providing WiFi to guests.

As we suspected, charging for WiFi is just another way for hotels to make money. But the good news is that more and more hotels are offering it for free. Check out the awesome infographic to see just how many brands offer free WiFi and those are just the ones we could fit in here. Read the full list on the Best Hotels to see more!

Meanwhile, we've just heard some good news regarding free WiFi at Starwood Hotels.

While platinum level members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program are able to get free WiFi during their stay, The Points Guy points out that you can actually get it if you're a gold member too. Internet is one of three choices now offered at the gold level, the others being bonus starpoints or a free drink in the bar. Gold level also only takes 10 nights a year to achieve.

Yet just because it's free doesn't mean it's working as The Points Guy mentioned he had "glacial speed" at the W South Beach which charges $14.95 a day for internet. Looks like someone needs to upgrade their network.

We're already making notes for the 2013 Hotel WiFi Report (we can tell you speed and signal quality will be a huge focus) but for now, feel free to share your Best and Worst Hotel WiFi experiences with us HERE.

Archived Comments:

Won't Go If They Charge

Personally, I shop for hotels based on free wifi generally. That, and parking. If you factor in these two things, you'll find many of the "deals" presented online aren't what they appear to be.

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