Things to consider regarding hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel websites may advertise free Wi-Fi, but do they mean in the lobby or in your room?
- Before booking, directly contact hotels whose websites don’t mention WiFi at all.
- Many hotels require membership in their loyalty program to qualify for free Wi-Fi in your room.
- Some hotels have limits, such as 30 minutes of free, in-room Wi-Fi—after 30 minutes, fees apply.
- Watch out for this fine-print disclaimer with large hotel chains: “Amenities are available at most U.S. locations. Amenities vary at international locations.”
- Does the daily access fee cover multiple devices in your room or is it charged per laptop, iPad, etc.?
- WiFi signal strength and speed may be less than what you're used to at home or work.
- Free, in-room Wi-Fi is usually geared towards surfing the web and checking email. Activities like movie-streaming may cost extra.
Hotels with free, in-room Wi-Fi
- Marriott brand hotels: Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites
- Hyatt: Hyatt Place and Hyatt House
- All 19 Loews Hotels and Resorts
- Hilton Hotels and Resorts brands: Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites
- Intercontinental Hotel Group brands: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites
- Choice Hotels International brands: Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
- All 5 Drury Hotels brands
- AmericInn Hotels
- Extended Stay America
- All U.S. Sonesta Hotels
This is a guest post by Deidre from Dania Beach, FL.
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