The biggest gripe about hotels, according to surveys of business and leisure travelers, is getting charged to use Wi-fi. And in the last year, the trend seems to have been our friend, as hotels—at least in the US—began dropping Wi-fi charges for guests. Here’s a new wrinkle from Hilton.
A Hilton executive said that that later this year, guests staying at Hampton Inns, Hilton Garden Inns, Homewood Suites, and Home 2 Suites will still receive free Wi-Fi, but for $3.95 a day, they’ll be able to access faster Wi-fi. Which to me suggests the hotels have an incentive to make their regular offering downright sluggish.
I’m well aware that wiring a major hotel in a big city with Wi-fi can cost a quarter of a million dollars or more. But, please, add a couple of bucks to everyone’s nightly bills rather than hitting me with a daily charge.
Hilton hasn’t released any details on the specs detailing the speed of the free Wi-fi compared to the for-fee Wi-fi, so we don’t have much to go on yet. But I’m ready to check in and test the speed by launching Speedtest.net and comparing the two.
As usual, we’ll see if competitors follow suit.