Whether or not you’ve been keeping up with the debate on hotels charging their guests for Wi-Fi, you probably notice when it’s not provided for free. This is actually such a prominent issue right now that USA Today’s Editorial Board published their collective view to keep hotel Wi-Fi free everywhere. They’ve been keeping up with the problem by sharing stories about which hotels are offering free Wi-Fi (so now you know where to go!).
It began when Christopher Elliott of USA Today shared why hotels charge guest Wi-Fi, and I was featured with this quote:
I believe Wi-Fi connection is a basic utility… There is absolutely no excuse for American hotels to offer anything less.
I’m a world-traveling professional blogger who has now lived in 9 different cities, 4 states, 1 territory, 2 countries (and way too many houses, apartments, flats, suites, hotels, hostels, etc., to count) all within the last 8 years. I’m a frequent life- and business- traveler to dozens of countries throughout the Middle East and Europe. My family of five (my husband is a self-employed contractor and my three daughters home-schooled, professionally blogging, best-selling kindle authors) has made the cross-country drive from Connecticut to Los Angeles and back twice now. Not to mention the more extensive traveling my husband does on his own.
For us, it’s absolutely critical that we be able to check email, hold quick Skype calls, or send messages in our family chat to let everyone know where we are and that we’ve arrived safely.
I strongly believe that Wi-Fi connection is a basic utility, at the very least in the US, and definitely in reputable hotels overseas. Even overseas hostels, bed and breakfasts, homey “motels,” and other sleeping quarters are often accommodating—there is absolutely no excuse for American hotels to offer anything less.
To the best of my recollection, my family has yet to be in a situation where Wi-Fi is only offered through a loyalty program, but the thought is simply ludicrous—it’s like paying for snacks on a domestic flight. Since we’re frequent drivers and international flyers, my girls were stunned beyond belief when their only “luxury” flight from LA to NYC flight asked us to pay for anything beyond one drink.
So what’s your take on hotel Wi-Fi? Do you feel the same? Even if you don’t, please share your kind and thoughtful views below.