How to get free hotel WiFi

December 17, 2014

When you stay at most hotels and resorts, you can use free hotel WiFi if you know how to access it. Here are some tips for staying connected.

The beauty of a vacation is to leave behind your everyday life, and look forward to some rest and relaxation in a different city, or country. But no matter where you go, you may want to keep contact with people at work and home. Whether it’s for professional or personal communication, free hotel WiFi is a godsend, especially when you’re staying in an unfamiliar place.

How to get free hotel WiFi

Do I have to pay for WiFi?

Before you even check in, you can find out if WiFi is going to cost you money. On the majority of hotel booking sites, you’ll find a list of hotel features. This is the list where you’ll find out if there’s a pool, gym, dry cleaning, casino, etc.

  • If you look carefully, you might see the words “free WiFi” or “complimentary WiFi”. This means that WiFi is included in the price you’re paying.
  • If you the word “WiFi” but no mention of “free” or “complimentary”, it may indicate that there is a fee charged for WiFi access.
  • For a definitive answer, you can always contact the hotel prior to booking.
  • To do this, simply visit the contact page on the hotel website and speak to a customer service representative.

How to access hotel WiFi

Once you have chosen your hotel, all you have to do is book it. Depending on the hotel you book, there are a few different ways to access free internet via WiFi connection. This is especially important for guests who want to avoid data charges. If you want to go online here’s what you can do:

1) At check-in, ask how to access WiFi. For most hotels, you’ll need a specific network and password. This information is critical for gaining access to WiFi. Once the hotel gives you the network name and password, you can simply connect via your smartphone or laptop. Depending on the hotel policy, you may be charged a fee for this access. Fortunately, free hotel WiFi is becoming more and more popular.

2) Tether to your mobile. For people who travel frequently, you may have already purchased a data plan that will work in the city you’re staying in. In this case, you do not require any special passwords. As long as you stay within your data limit, you can access the internet as much as you like. Make sure to confirm your data limit with your provider so you can avoid additional charges.

3) Business centre. Many of the top hotel chains have a business centre. This is to accommodate the many people travelling for business. If there is a business centre in your hotel, they may provide complimentary internet access.

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