Business travellers depend on the internet to stay connected to clients, remain in contact with the office, and to conduct meetings on the go.
For many travellers, the availability of WiFi has become a major factor when it comes to choosing accommodation.
When a hotel advertises free WiFi, it should provide travellers with a fast, reliable connection.
Travel writer Kelly Lees (Gogobot) famously told the UK Telegraph last year that “internet access is as necessary to many hotel guests as hot-running water.”
For exporters, Internet access – at blazing fast speeds – is a prerequisite.
US-based company Hotel WiFi Test has created a study to rate hotels based on the speed and quality of their internet service.
The company has published a study naming the 10 fastest WiFi speeds by hotel chains and by individual hotels in the world.
The study draws on the findings of user-generated tests while staying at the hotels at various peak usage times, verified and aggregated by the company.
Surprisingly, Prague’s boutique Emblem Hotel took the top spot based on what the hotel claims are fibre optic cables installed on all the floors, connected to the main Prague connection.
The top 10 individual hotels include:
- Emblem Hotel (Prague)
- TradeWinds Island Grand in Florida (US)
- DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago, Arlington Heights (US)
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam Airport (Netherlands)
- Pod 39 (US)
- Hotel Icon (Hong Kong)
- Four Seasons Austin Texas (US)
- Novotel Citygate (Hong Kong)
- The Ritz London (UK)
- Hotel 31 (US)
The top 10 hotel chains with the speediest WiFi are:
- Andaz Hotels by Hyatt
- Le Meridien Hotels
- Radisson Blu hotels
- Four Points by Sheraton
- Scandic Hotels
- Crowne Plaza
- Residence Inn (Marriott)
* The report is based on data collected in a four-month period from October 10, 2013 – February 10, 2014.