In recent years, many travellers have started rating free Wifi as one of the most important aspects to look for when finding a hotel to stay in. This is even more prevalent for business travellers who need access to the internet in order to check their emails, do work online or simply Skype home. The need for WiFi has driven the majority of hotels and B&Bs to have some form of internet available; here’s why most people think WiFi is more important than comfort:
Short term stay
If you’re a business traveller then chances are you won’t be staying in the hotel for a very long time. However one or two nights on a hard bed is nothing in comparison to one or two nights without the internet. Depending on how far you have to travel and the amount of meetings you have to attend, by the time you get to bed you’ll probably be too tired to notice the bed.
On the other hand, if you’re trying to use your phone’s data to do the work you have then you’ll be cursing yourself for not finding somewhere with WiFi. When people stay for longer periods than this then comfort starts to play a bigger part; however, many people have claimed to have stayed at a ‘less ideal’ location for the added benefit of an internet connection.
More important than breakfast
A study carried out by hotels.com found that WiFi in the rooms was more important than a complimentary breakfast – not just for business travellers, but for those staying for leisure as well! In this day and age, people are constantly connected to others through the internet; without it, people start feeling lost and are happy to get breakfast elsewhere as a compromise.
People use their laptops and tablets not just for business use, but also to plan trips and activities. Staying in a comfy room is great, but if you can’t find out what’s out and about with quick internet access then the holiday could be jeopardised.
The future is tech
When it comes to traveling people no longer seem to be so focused on having a comfortable room, instead they want simple amenities such as power outlets and WiFi. This doesn’t mean that hotels will be cutting their budgets for fluffy pillows in order to put the internet in every room, but it does mean that the way we stay is changing.
Expect to see everyone from five star hotels down to low budget B&Bs starting to provide the internet as a free service. Many chains across the UK have already started doing this, making it very easy to find free Wifi Hotels in Swansea, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Birmingham and other major cities. This will make your choices when looking for hotels much easier, as you can pick on other merits like comfort and location as you know that WiFi will be provided as standard.