Free hotel Internet access hits fever pitch with 2,200 Holiday Inns about to offer it: InterContinental Hotels Group will announce tomorrow that most of its 2,500 hotels, including 2,200 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties, will offer free Internet access by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The article doesn't note if any of it is Wi-Fi or not, but points out that 70 percent of Holiday Inn's guests are business travelers.
This latest edition means that by the end of 2004, the majority of moderate business-class hotels will have free wireless and wired in-room and common room access. Some scattered independent properties and high-end hotels (Westin, Hyatt, Marriott, Renaissance, and so forth) are largely continuing to charge, although most are offering a $10 to $15 per night phone and Internet rollup with unlimited usage. [via Alan Reiter]