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Last summer, Vancouver’s historic gem of a hotel – the venerable Hotel Georgia – became part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following a major top to bottom reno of the 155-room hotel. It is now one of only two Canadian hotels listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Hot List.
[Ed. Note: A reader lets us know about her WiFi Hell at the Crowne Plaza in Georgia. We hate to bag on Canadians (ok, maybe we do just a little) but these people need to get their act straight. Or at least know if the hotel has wifi or not. As always, feel free to send us your WiFi Heavens and Hells. Enjoy.]
I stayed there with a couple of friends last month. I couldn't find any obvious information about WiFi in the hotel beyond a placard in the lobby indicating it is a WiFi hotspot, but when I fired up my laptop, I could see a two-bar signal for wireless access labled GUEST SERVICES. When I opened up a browser session, I was directed to a pay-for-use screen. I considered whether the $9.95/day CDN was worth it, and decided that for my purposes it would do. After submitting my credit card information, I had about three minutes of connectivity before I lost the signal.
When I tried to get back on again, I was once again redirected to the pay-for-use screen. Irate, I called down to the front desk. The girl on the phone told me they didn't have wireless Internet access in the hotel. I went down to the desk, pointed at the placard, and asked clerk where exactly was this WiFi hotspot if the hotel didn't have wireless Internet access. I was told that it was only supposed to cover the lobby area and some other company managed it. I would have to call them for tech support, but the hotel clerk didn't even bother to give me a phone number.
Aside from the WiFi issues, this supposedly three-star hotel has two-star sized rooms and very aged tiny elevators.