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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Look At Hotel Wi-Fi In 2015

Above, making use of Internet access in a Sasebo hotel room. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

My experience with hotel Wi-Fi service has been somewhat mixed. It ranged from poor (Hotel Tsukuba in Tokyo on a very rudimentary system) to so-so (the Blake Hotel in North Carolina) and everything else in-between. I have not had the pleasure of using a hotel Wi-Fi system that could be described as "premium".

Travel + Leisure has an article on the state of hotel Wi-Fi for 2015.

It begins with:
After years of pressure from disgruntled guests over Wi-Fi charges, hotels are coming around. In the past year, nearly every major brand that was still charging for Internet access has done away with basic fees—either for all guests (bravo, Hyatt) or for loyalty-program members (Hilton, InterContinental, Marriott, Starwood). 
That’s good news, but it comes with a catch: a growing number of properties have adopted a tiered model, offering free basic service but adding an often hefty charge— as much as $30 a day—for premium speeds. What’s more, basic Wi-Fi at many hotels measures less than three megabits per second (Mbps), which is just enough for e-mailing and Web browsing—leaving some guests no choice but to pay for the faster speed (see “The Price Tag,” below).
The prices some hotels are charging for premium Internet access range from $5 to $14, according to the article. The Wi-Fi I am using now is at 90 Mbps.

To read more, go here.

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