Given I was at an award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night and they are still charging £50 for 24 hour internet access, I thought I’d update on the free wi-fi campaign.
A nice message has just come in from Gina who says:
‘Our family has been traveling for the past year and two months, mainly in South America. We found an abundance of hostels all over South America with free WiFi access.
I can’t remember being charged once for WiFi access in South America- either they had it or they didn’t.
We have been back in the US for a little over 2 months, still traveling around. We have stayed mostly in mid-range hotels and have found across the board that the Choice/Clarion/Comfort Hotels don’t charge for WiFi, nor do Days Inn.
We grab a hotel discount guide when we enter a new state, which gives hotels an opportunity to advertise their rates and services. Interestingly enough, the low-end chains like Super 8 and Motel 6 usually offer free internet as well (although we haven’t stayed in these chains). It is usually the higher end hotels like Marriot that charge for this service.
I agree with you that if they have WiFi in the hotel, they should offer it as part of their rate. Like you, free WiFi is at the top of our list of requirements and plays a significant role in where we choose to stay. Good luck with your campaign!
Another message has come in from Rajul Chande who is the editor of LondonHotelsInsight.com.
He’s put together a list of hotels that offer free wi-fi in London on his blog…
Check it out here…
and keep them coming please!!