Monday, March 27, 2006

Who Has The Best Hotel WiFi??

You just might be surprised....Ahhhh then again maybe not. has just released their report on the best hotel Wi-Fi the country has to offer....."Best WiFi Hotels 2006". Their coverage of the best and worst is a "must have" manual for traveling broadband junkies of both the business and pleasure varieties.

What has changed since last years investigative piece is this....most hotels have now jumped on the WiFi bandwagon, so most hotels have *some* sort of WiFi solution. The question is what is that solution, and is it any good?

At least hotels have finally realized that WiFi is a must-have, something that tops the wish list of many potential guests. But.... the rush to quickly set-up hotel WiFi networks, coupled with the fact that wireless fidelity is still a fairly new technology, means that consistent wireless internet access, pricing, and service, is not a given across hotel brands, small hotel groups or even from the lobby to your room.

What's more is that while charging hotel guests for WiFi certainly gives a hotel a bad rep, having "Free WiFi" plastered on your website and uttered by your reservation agents, no longer makes a hotel stand out from the pack.

So....this year, the WiFi report is all about how well a hotel's WiFi network works, how the hotels service and support that network, and how conducive these hotels are to what HC calls a "WiFi Friendly" environment. That's right, in 06 hotels have to have a certain wireless je ne sais quoi to make this list.

Kimpton Hotels tops the list along with Omni Hotels, though Holiday Inn Express & Marriott Residence Inn also scored well for those on a budget. To read the entire list and enlightening comments just dial in HERE.


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