Originally posted by felix4067
Where the heck do you find FREE wi-fi?????? I've always had to pay for it, even in the most upscale places (Sheratons and Westins leap to mind).
When I'm at Red Roof, I expect to have to pay for wi-fi, so I just use my dialup for the little bit of online (less than an hour a day) I need. But I've always had to pay for it no matter what hotel I'm in.
Actually, I know this sounds a little strange, but you are more likely to find free internet access at hotels that cost less money than ones that are more expensive. The theory is that the budget/mid-price lodging market is very competetive in what they offer for the price -- while the upscale market caters to a clientele that will either pay for extra amenities or can expense them.
You can find free HSIA at all/most Hampton Inns, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, etc. Most of these places also offer complimentary breakfast, of some sort (with the exception of Courtyard). However, Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, etc. all/most charge -- upwards of $10/night for HSIA -- and most do not offer a free breakfast, unless you are on the club/concierge level.
If you are going to pay for HSIA, Marriott offers one of the best deals around. Their "Wired for Business" plan, which is (should be) available at all domestic Marriott and Renaissance hotels, includes internet, local and long distance phone service for one price (usually $9.95/day). If you are going to use the computer and make any long distance calls, this is a pretty good deal. Hotel phone charges, if paid separately as direct-dialed phone calls, could put you in the poor house.