I spent last week on the road traveling out to Irvine, Calif. to spend some time at the TechnoBuffalo offices. What you see above is what I think of every time I have to use hotel Internet.
To be honest, in this day and age I should be grateful for free Internet in a hotel at all. As I have traveled around the world and run in to some outrageous fees for 24 hours of Internet, but when you’re sure AOL dial-up would be faster than what the hotel provides, I would gladly go back to those days.
There was indeed a time when finding Internet in a hotel was a needle in a haystack type situation. I can remember once debating stopping short of my planned travels for the day due to a hotel I was passing having “We have Internet” on its marquee. I decided to go forward, and, sure enough, the hotel I was staying it didn’t have it. Foiled again.
All I really ask is that hotels realize that more and more people are getting on the Internet from their rooms, and it would be nice if more than two of us could be on at any given time. Some are catching on, thankfully, as evidenced by one hotel I stayed at on my trip.
Now if only more of them would catch on not make me long for calling AOL 1-800 numbers.