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Actually, Malmaison/Hotel du Vin group did start charging, but you still get free net access if you are staying on a corporate rate, so it is effectively still free for business travellers.
PS it is rather confusing when we have multiple posts all from “Business Traveller”/”Site Administrator” on here; perhaps you could either use your own names with “BT Team” or have your names coloured in red or something….
Thanks for that clarification VintageKrug.
Confusion noted – to confirm, SiteAdministrator is the log in which Tom Otley uses, while BusinessTraveller is used by myself, and EditorialBusinessTravellerAP is used by our sister Asia Pacific website. But we’ll look at making that clearer.
And here’s a brief piece about Best Western introducing free internet access at its UK properties:
I always think it’s a bloody outrage that hotels (esp ‘business’ hotels) charge for internet access. My standard operating procedure is object to the same and I find that 99% of the time hotels will comp the charge. It is a bloody cheek, and about time hotels stopped engaging in what is daylight bloody robbery. If I ever find myself in the position of being robbed (read having to pay for internet charges) then I will never use that hotel again – it is their choice to engage in this fools economy in ripping off their highest spending customers.
I am a Platinum SPG member, and whilst I agree this is a postive trend for others to follow, it begs the question why all Gold/Platinum members don’t already receive free internet, given they are almost certainly all business travellers…