Should hotels give WIFI for free?

21 07 2006

Two schools of thought conflict over selling public access WiFi Internet at hotels. One side says free public WiFi is essential for hotel customers’ convenience. The other side says giving it away is giving away money. A 100-room hotel that keeps half its rooms booked and sells Internet access for a typical rate of $10 per day makes $183,000 in annual access fees.
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According to HotelChatter.com, a hotel industry web site, WiFi for guests is a necessity to keep customers returning:

“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.”

HotelChatter also blasts the notion of hotels charging guests for WiFi, saying it “certainly gives them a bad rep.”

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4 responses to “Should hotels give WIFI for free?”

20 12 2007
Tanya Lobo (12:58:43) :

Hello,

My name is Tanya and I am from India, These days I have been reading on hotels

present in US, Dubai, UK etc, but did not find much information on Indian Hotels.

Since there are many good Hotels in India too, like the Conde Nast best hotel award

winner Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts (www.theleela.com), which is well known in

India. Now a days global well-known hotel chains are establishing themselves in

India. The hotel industry is booming in India, as a tourist destination as well as

for business.

Let me know if you post something & keep up the amazing work!

Love and Gratitude,
Tanya Lobo.

13 06 2008
Hotel Tech gaining importance « UK Hotel Offers (13:40:49) :

[...] be connected 24 hours a day is not going to book a room – simple as that (it would help if it was free though). Many of the larger US chains have been well ahead of the curve, but the UK is slowly [...]

22 06 2008
Gold Break Holiday & Travel » Blog Archive » Hotel Tech gaining importance (00:01:22) :

[...] be connected 24 hours a day is not going to book a room – simple as that (it would help if it was free though). Many of the larger US chains have been well ahead of the curve, but the UK is slowly [...]

6 07 2008
HANOI VICTORIA HOTEL (18:33:03) :

Hanoi Victoria Hotel is located in the ‘’Old Quarter’’ – the centre of Hanoi – full of ncient streets and is the financial heart of the city.

The Hanoi Victoria Hotel offers tastefully decorated and high standard rooms. All rooms are comfortable and managed by warm and friendly staff. You can find that every room is equipped with air-conditioning, bathroom with shower and bathtub, big TV screen with Satellite and Cable channels, Satety box. Especially you can get free access to our Wi-Fi Internet.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and some other tourist attractions. It is situated very near to banking and shopping streets, diplomatic and public offices and is extremely convenient for activities for both travelers and businessmen. The Hanoi Victoria Hotel offers tastefully decorated and high standard rooms. All rooms are comfortable and managed by warm and friendly staff.

You can find that every room is equipped with air-conditioning, bathroom with shower and bathtub, big TV screen with Satellite and Cable channels, Satety box. Especially you can get free access to our Wi-Fi Internet.

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151 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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