Premier Inn becomes the latest hotel chain with free wi-fi

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Budget hotel group Premier Inn has, with immediate effect, implemented a ‘free wi-fi for all’ policy in all of its hotels.  This replaces the previous policy of only offering 30 minutes for free.

Over the past couple of months I have reported on how Starwood, Hyatt and Marriott are – with varying degrees of conditionality – moving to free wi-fi.  IHG has been offering it globally at all Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza etc properties since last June as long as you were a (free) member of IHG Rewards Club.

The Premier Inn service does carry some restrictions.  It runs at a throttled speed, probably 256 or 512 kmbs.  It is not clear from the Premier Inn website if you are allowed to connect multiple devices without charge.

Premier Inn

A premium service is still available for anyone who wants to watch videos or do any other sort of high speed streaming.  This will cost £5 per 24 hours and allow up to three devices to connect.  This is a very reasonable price in comparison to the £15+ still demanded at full service hotels for streaming-quality internet.

I have only ever stayed at one Premier Inn, in Scarborough of all places (worryingly, it is the best hotel in Scarborough – click for my review).  I was impressed by what I found – the fact that most Premier Inn hotels are relatively new means that you are likely to receive a modern room with modern furnishings and the rooms are generally well-sized.

Full details can be found on the Premier Inn website here.

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Comments

  1. Stephen F says:

    I have just completed a week long stay at various Premier Inns in Scotland. There is free basic wifi BUT it is the most frustrating wifi ever.

    It is as slow as dial up (truthfully) and it logs you out after a minute or twos inactivity. You then have to go back through the log in process again. After a week of it it drove me to insanity – not suitable for business use in any way.

    The free wifi exists to drive you so mad to end up paying for the premium.

    • Fenny says:

      Must be the North of the Wall variant. Last year when I stayed at the one at the Westfield in Stratford, I logged in with one email address, streamed the first half of Game of Thrones via Now TV, logged in with a different account and streamed the other half.

  2. I regularly stay at the Prem Inns at Old St and Angel in London. Both very acceptable. I find WiFi a bit hit and miss though.

  3. Aeronaut says:

    Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of approval for Premier Inns. Kudos to them for doing what they do well.

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