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Even Premier Inn now “gets it” on free WiFi.
Hurrah! Premier Inn recently announced it will give guests 30 minutes free WiFi access a day in all its UK hotels. A move to be welcomed by guests sick of paying through the nose for internet access during hotel stays. This still leaves the chain slightly in the slipstream of its main competitor Travelodge, which announced last summer that it will now offer free unlimited WiFi in all its Bar Cafes. But it’s a step in the right direction.
Our friend Karen over at Europe a la Carte has played intrepid detective and discovered that the free 30 minutes will at least be given per guest and not per room. Upon check-in, each guest will simply be provided with a code to redeem the free access which keeps things nice and simple.
For anyone who over-runs the half hour time slot, Premier Inn have also reduced the cost of additional WiFi access. The charges will be fairly reasonable: £3 for 24 hours, £10 for one week, £20 for one month and £125 for 12 months (useful if you’re a frequent guest). This baby-step is yet another victory for the London Hotels Insight campaign for free WiFi.
It looks like both groups have listened to our call for them to grasp the free WiFi opportunity for budget hotel brands (which is incidentally one of the most read articles on this blog). And it makes the excuses given by expensive London hotels that charge extra for WiFi – a list which currently includes The Dorchester, Soho Hotel, Sofitel St James, London Belgraves, InterContinental Park Lane, Hilton and many others - sound even more silly.
Come on luxury hotels of London, if even budget hotel groups are moving towards including WiFi in their room rates then why can’t you?
Photo credits: Premier Inn.