This blog’s free WiFi drive has certainly been ruffling a few feathers.
Several hoteliers (as well as their IT suppliers who seem to have a vested interest) are saying that hotel WiFi is too expensive to give away for free – as some comments under the recent “Open Letter to Hoteliers” testify.
While I appreciate that it costs money to supply WiFi (just as it does to provide clean linen and other essentials) I think this argument is weak.
And I’d like to prove my point with a series of two blog posts identifying good “mid-price” and “budget” London hotels with free WiFi respectively.
How is “mid-price” defined? I’m basing it on a room rate that is usually under £200, sometimes under £150 and occasionally even under £100.
I appreciate that some may consider this expensive – sadly that’s the London hotel market! Do however note that all the top-rated hotels below do have great special offers if you’re fast and savvy enough to grab them.
This list of “mid-price” free WiFi hotels is a price-qualified version of the “best free WiFi London hotels” list published to kick off our campaign.
Prices were checked using the London Hotels Insight Best Deal Finder which finds the best rate from 30+ booking sites with a single click.
The hotels listed have also been chosen from the upper echelons of TripAdvisor rankings but with the above price filter applied.
My challenge to more expensive “luxury” hotels that charge for WiFi is this: if the hotels below can do it then why can’t you?City Inn Westminster is a well-priced hotel which puts some of its more expensive competitors to shame by offering free WiFi
Highly-rated mid-price London hotels offering free WiFi
Please note that rates can vary. The hotels below fitted our price criteria for a random sample of dates only. Do use the London Hotels Insight meta-search tool to check the relevant rate for the dates of your stay:
- Montague on the Gardens (Bloomsbury): a great 4 star boutique hotel near the British Museum which meets the demanding standards of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. There are lovely garden views at the back.
- Zetter Hotel (Clerkenwell): a modern and innovative free WiFi hotel with a nice restaurant in a bustling neighbourhood. It’s also handy for the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. Currently in the top 50 on TripAdvisor.
- Hoxton Hotel (Hoxton): a hip and funky “luxury budget” hotel famed for its £1 sales and down-to-earth, friendly staff.
- Base2stay (Kensington): one of this blog’s favourite hotels. It’s an “aparthotel” providing mini-kitchens, quality amenities and more. You’ll save plenty by staying there and it’s in a great location. As an added bonus, it’s also one of London’s most environmentally-conscious hotels.
- Apex City (Tower Bridge): already featured as one of London’s top mid-price hotels in the heart of London’s financial district. This hotel is modern, friendly and has some very attractive special offers.
- City Inn Westminster (Pimlico): a hotel which gets lots of positive comments and even provides iMacs in its rooms! It’s a fresh, modern hotel which offers great rates if you time your stay strategically.
- Sumner Hotel (Marble Arch): a new townhouse hotel winning rave reviews on TripAdvisor. The location is ideal if shopping is your thing.
- Rubens at the Palace (Victoria). This is again part of the Red Carnation collection of luxury London hotels and very handy for visiting Buckingham Palace and other royal attractions. It gets consistent reviews and also offers some outstanding deals.
- Royal Park Hotel (Bayswater): featured already as a good base for exploring Little Venice, as well as for trying some great restaurants nearby. Note that this hotel’s free WiFi doesn’t let you download heavy files or watch videos but that’s in line with several of the hotels listed.
The above hotels all offer a great balance of value, comfort and service as well as free WiFi. They’re all currently in the TripAdvisor top 40, but do check before you book since hotel rankings and amenities can change.
What if you need an even cheaper hotel? You should still do a price search on the above hotels as special offers can bring the rate significantly lower.
Failing that, our next article in this series will list well-rated cheap London hotels with free WiFi and room rates under (and often well under) £100.
Photo credits: Base2stay, City Inn.