Round the World, Travel


August 28, 2010

As I search for places to stay, one thing that surprises me is how much hotels will charge for Internet access. The nickel-and-diming of travel seems to get worse every passing day. When companies like Ryan Air consider pay to pee or no-seat travel, it goes from “you’re kidding, right?” to “you’ve got to be kidding me.”

I don’t get charging for wi-fi in hotels. You’re not using up something by using it. You mean to tell me it doesn’t cost more to put some fancy soap in the bathroom than to allow access to a signal?  It’s there whether you access it or not. How different is it from cable or satellite TV? You’re not charged extra for that (and I hope I’m not giving anyone any ideas!) and yet something like satellite is a signal. I’ve also found that the cheaper hotels actually either charge less or not at all than the more expensive ones.

Since I need access to work on the road, I’m finding hotels are charging up to $20/day or something like $4/hr. That’s crazy! And it limits my options as to where to stay. It’s one of the main reasons I’m looking at more apartment stays than hotels. Well, that and easy access to laundry.

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