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  1. Rapid Travel Chai
    Rapid Travel Chai at |

    I remember being in a luxury hotel in Paris, Le Meridien in that case, where internet was free in the lobby, so the place looked like a train station with people stuffed everywhere (me too) and none ordering drinks (me too).

    Whenever possible I give my business to hotels with free internet, free parking, and no resort or other ridiculous fees.

  2. Jeannie
    Jeannie at |

    There is no reason why hotels shouldn’t have building-wide Internet access for free. They’re already paying for the Internet, so why not just boost it up to all of the rooms? Whether a hotel offers free Internet is a make or break for me. This is the 21st Century–get with the program!

  3. Cook
    Cook at |

    Thanks for the FUN post. I don’t always believe all of the industry-sponsored surveys that I read and, I think – Accor Group is still the proud owner of Motel 6! Bleh!
    That said, free in-house Wifi – and connections that WORK, is a close toss-up with a decent breakfast for me. In practice, I avoid hotels that don’t offer at least one and I simply refuse to pay for internet access. At least for me, it really IS that simple; an otherwise good house without ‘free’ internet access simply won’t get my business. We can fuss about breakfast, but if they charge me extra for slop, I’ll walk across the street and pay 25% of my houses’s charge and get what I want. The big chains may have other reasons for dispensing their perks as they do (Status or nought) but in 2012, a hot breakfast and internet access has become as essential as clean linens. I hope they are listening.

  4. AAdvantage Geek
    AAdvantage Geek at |

    Great Whole Earth reference in the headline!

  5. Levy Flight
    Levy Flight at |

    Funny thing is, at a fancy hotel in Korea (land of the connected) internet was free, but to make my own tea of coffee in the room cost $6.

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