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.
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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