Just when I started worrying about my summer travel plans and my ability to keep updated with what's going on in the geek world, Hotel Chatter has released its best and worst hotel WiFi lists. Given the demand for WiFi in hotels, the list makers expected they would see more hotels offering free wireless and with greater consistency, but that was not the case. Here's more:
Instead of finding more and more hotels offering free WiFi, we are finding more restrictions are being added to free hotel WiFi. For instance, you can get free WiFi in the lobby, but in-rooms it's Ethernet and it starts at $9.95. Or you can get free WiFi in your rooms but you need to belong to a hotel's loyalty program or be assigned a code with a special password.
Hotel Chatter's Best WiFi Experiences:
- Residence Inn, Courtyard, Springhill Suites by Marriott - Marriott is so close to doing WiFi right. Residence Inns, SpringHill Suites, and Courtyard all have strong, free, fast, working wireless in the rooms and the lobbies. Furthermore, the rooms at the above hotel brands will give you an ethernet cable, and a free tethered connection if the WiFi in your room is spotty or not preferred.
- André Balazs Properties - For those of you who need a bit more of a scene than a Residence Inn can offer, and find yourselves traveling to urban centers like New York, LA and Miami, André Balazs has consistently good, free, strong WiFi.
- Jeff Klein Hotels - Another upscale boutique hotlier well worth mentioning here, takes it one step further and offers complimentary WiFi with no code or agreements to all their guests. The WiFi experience at both Klein hotels, Sunset Tower in LA and City Club in New York, is some of the best we have experienced.
- Kor Hotel Group - Again Kor makes the list for having what seems like eight separate and distinct WiFi policies at each of their eight hotels in the U.S.
- Delfina Santa Monica - (once the Sheraton Delfina) the internet access is wired only and is also $11.95. (This is also the same hotel that makes you pay for iPod use after two hours.)
- The Avalon in Beverly Hills - There's wireless throughout but it's $10.95 and the passcode you get to use in your rooms, should work by the pool as well. We had a disastrous time at the Chamberlain in West Hollywood last year in which the lobby WiFi was $9.95 a day but there's not much of a lobby to work in, and the wired room internet was busted.
For the worst list,
Hotel Chatter's Worst WiFi Experiences:
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