Several bloggers engaged on the “Free the WiFi” campaign have mentioned an odd thing: how can some of the cheapest hotels and hostels provide free internet access while many of the most famous brands cannot?
Here we put the spotlight on London’s budget hotels to identify more “good guy hotels” with free WiFi. We hope that this will embarass more expensive hotels that still charge for WiFi into a change of heart!
Our analysis is grouped into 3 parts: <£100, <£70 and <£50 per night.
Cheap London hotels with free WiFi (target: <£100/night)
Your first port of call should be one of the hotels listed in our “Great mid-price hotels with free WiFi” post, as you may find that their special offers reduce the room rate to genuine budget hotel levels.
You need to be fast on the trigger and book in advance to grab these promotional rates. For example, Base2stay has some special offers which deliver considerable value and is currently in the top 20 TripAdvisor hotels.
The Hoxton Hotel also does regular £1 room sales (almost impossible to bag the £1 rooms but you may still secure very cheap accommodation).
The cheapest hotel we found in London’s current top 30 on TripAdvisor also happens to offer free WiFi, putting many more expensive rivals to shame.
I was impressed that the receptionist was upfront with me when I called.
She openly admitted that WiFi in reception can be patchy on the upper floors and advised taking a ground floor room if WiFi is critical.
I was also reassured that free WiFi is available in the lobby in case of any issue and they can also provide guests with use of a computer.
So often you turn up in a hotel and find the WiFi to be sporadic at best. How refreshing that Luna & Simone has a “plan B” for its guests.
And all this in a friendly hotel with rooms for (usually) under £100 a night!
Funkier and even cheaper free WiFi hotels (target: <£70/night)
We love the Luna & Simone but can’t describe the hotel as “hip”.
And you may not always get a room rate under £100 at some of our swankier suggestions above. Are you out of luck then? Not quite.
We’ve also showcased its hotel video and recent guest reviews.
But one of its biggest draws is that it also provides free WiFi with rooms consistently available for under £70 a night (in fact usually even less). And you can also rent them in 4 hour chunks if you just need a short stopover.
The downside? You can only find YOTELs in London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, so they’re not suitable for all. Nevertheless, with fast access from the airports into town, YOTEL certainly has its merits.
Still cheaper free WiFi accommodation in London? (target: <£50/night)
One of the objectives of the free WiFi campaign to broaden the base of cheap hotels that provide this facility. So the next article in this series will put the spotlight on budget brands like Travelodge and Premier Inn.
Last but certainly not least are the many London hostels which provide free WiFi, despite their modest room charge. To me they offer a lesson in execution to hoteliers still burying their heads in the sand over this issue.
If London’s very cheapest hostels can provide free WiFi, what excuse do the most expensive hotels have left for not doing likewise?
Photo credits: Base2stay, Luna & Simone Hotel, YOTEl.