$12.95 for 24 hours of access to your wireless internet?
NO MORE! I declare a full-out boycott on all you hotels still living in the past century!
Charging for internet is like charging for cable TV. Internet is part and parcel of everyday life now. Get with the program!
In the past month, I have ended up at Marriott hotels, first in Minneapolis for work, and just recently in Long Island for a golf tournament. Both hotels were great – friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms, and staff that would never allow a confused looking person to just stand in the lobby, but instead will come over to ask if they can be of assistance. The Long Island Marriott even bandaged my son’s thumb after he slipped while cutting a bagel. (I mistakenly thought that as the parent of a 16 and a 17 year old, I no longer needed to travel with my own first aid kit…)
But $12.95 for one day’s worth of internet? Are you serious?
The worst, most egregious case in my mind was our stay at The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. We payed over $350 per night for a suite, and on top of THAT, they wanted to charge $10/day for internet? I think at the Atlantis they would have charged us for the air we were breathing if they could figure out how to measure it.
So today begins my boycott of hotels that charge for internet usage. In 2013, it should be standard. Okay, maybe at the Atlantis you should be hurtling down water slides through shark tanks, instead of checking work email. Hotels that cater to a business crowd, in contrast, have no excuse.