I hate paying for Wi-Fi at hotels. If simply using my mobile as a hotspot is not enough for me or not an option(out of the country) then sometimes I have to fork over the money for a 24 hour pass. With some preplanning you can avoid those Wi-Fi charges completely. Recently, Hotel Chatter put together a list of the best and worst hotels offering Wi-Fi. What stood out to me was the extensive list of hotels that offer the service free. Using this list you can avoid Wi-Fi charges completely.
Hotels that Offer Free Wi-Fi
· Standard Hotels
· Ace Hotels
· Andre Balazs Hotels
· Joie De Vivre Hotels
· James Hotels
· Kimpton Hotels
· Gansevoort Hotels
· Desires Hotels
· B Hotels
· Soho House Hotels
· Swire Hotels
· Gem Hotels
· COMO Hotels
· Greystone Hotels
· Citizen M Hotels
· Palace Resorts
· Doyle Collection
· AKA Hotels
Always Free, For Members
· Kimpton Hotels: Simply become a member of their Kimpton InTouch loyalty program and you’re on your way to free internet.
· JDV Hotels: The majority of Joie de Vivre’s properties offer free WiFi in the public areas and guestrooms. But for the few holdouts that still charge, all members of the Joy of Life Club (JDV’s loyalty program) get complimentary internet access, regardless of status level.
· Omni Hotels: Most Omni properties charge a fee for WiFi access; however, signing up for the Omni Select Guest loyalty program — which is free to do — earns you complimentary WiFi at all levels.
· Fairmont Hotels: There is a fee for internet in guestrooms, but if you are a member of the Fairmont Presidents Club (membership is free) you can get complimentary internet access during your stay.
· Loews Hotels: Most Loews hotels have it free in their lobbies but it becomes free in-room for members of their YouFirst loyalty program who reach the Blue level which is two to four stays a year.
· Wyndham Hotels: Wyndham’s ByRequest program is free to join and offers complimentary internet to members.
Always Free, For Elite Members
· Hyatt Hotels: Hyatt offers free WiFi for Platinum and Diamond members of the Hyatt Gold Passportprogram. The Platinum level requires 15 eligible nights in a calendar year.*
· Marriott Hotels: For the Marriott brands that don’t offer free WiFi (Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance and JW Marriott), Gold and Platinum levels of the Marriott Rewards program can sign on for free. But it takes 50 nights to achieve Gold status. (Gold and Platinum members of Ritz-Carlton Rewards also get free internet access.)
· Hilton Hotels: Hilton offers free WiFi for Gold and Diamond members of their HHonors loyalty program. It take 36 nights to achieve Gold level.
· Starwood Hotels: Starwood Preferred Guests loyalty program offers Platinum members free WiFi at all Starwood Hotels. Platinum level takes 50 nights to reach. Gold members can now get free WiFi as one of three options at check-in. The other two are bonus Starpoints or a free drink at the bar. Gold level takes 10 nights to reach.
Below you can find the worst offenders and info on US and international cities.
via Hotel Chatter