It’s always amazed me how budget hotels offer free wi-fi yet more expensive hotels might offer it in common areas but want you to pay for it in your room. I, for one, don’t like sitting out in public checking my email and Twitter – I prefer to do that in my jammies right before I fall asleep and first thing when I wake up. Starting January 15, Marriott is going to make that easier. Wi-Fi will be free to all Marriott Rewards members beginning on that date if you’ve booked directly with Marriott. That includes booking with their mobile app, via the website, calling 1-800-Marriott or through a Marriott hotel. Gold and Platinum Elite members will be able to get enhanced wi-fi where available.
I’ve got to admit, I think in today’s world, free wi-fi should be the standard everywhere, regardless of where you book and whether or not you’re a member of the loyalty program. But this is certainly a step in the right direction.