For those who read about my travels, know that I have the good fortune of visiting some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Many of these resorts and hotels have some things in common: idyllic locations, views, amenities, service, and a huge list of other qualities I enjoy while traveling. Sadly, one thing they have in common is charging for Internet services.
At the last six 5-star hotels I have stayed at, all charge visitors for using the Internet. Of course, it is their prerogative.
Here is the funny thing. I am writing this blog on my superfast Internet connection at the Piccadilly Inn in Fresno for nothing, which is not the fanciest stay in North America. I have family in Fresno and always stay at the Piccadilly Inn when I am in town because it is the price is right, comfortable and clean, has a great dual-headed shower (5-stars take note), and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. There are no cards to use. No minutes to buy. No additional expense. No headaches. So while I understand it is the 5-star prerogative to charge (sometimes a dollar a minute), I never understood how a small hotel in Fresno can afford to offer more than a big luxury place or have more invested in keeping their customers satisfied.
So what to do when staying at the great luxury resort but do not want to pay exorbitant Internet pricing. I do two things. First I let the management know that forcing me to buy cards, two days of Internet so I can check my email occasionally is unreasonable. And two, I take the opportunity to get out of the hotel to find a small Internet cafe that could use my business at a fraction of the luxury accommodations charges.