Digital nomads need a good internet connection and a comfortable space to work. Since the pandemic, many hotel chains have adopted the “work from hotel” trend and have been making improvements thinking of remote workers.
It’s a win-win situation: hotels get guests to stay for longer and travelers can be happy with their “workation” experience. According to a survey published by HighSpeedInternet.com last year, 84% of Americans consider wifi important for their short and long-term stays and 30% consider a good internet connection “essential”.
For those whose income depends on a high-speed internet connection, just good internet isn’t enough and hotels are popular for having horrible internet connections.
Digital nomads need fast and reliable wifi, and sometimes —even while visiting the best cities for remote work— they don’t have enough time to view the wifi reviews of all the hotels in the area.
This is why we researched, considered recent surveys, and created a list of the most popular hotel chains in the United States —and some worldwide— with fast internet connections for all budgets.
Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express
This American Hotel chain with more than 1,100 active hotels around the world can be a great option for digital nomads because it offers free high-speed wifi for guests. In the United States—where the company has hotels in 552 locations—, the average speed is 42.1Mbps, a great service for video calls, streaming, and downloading large files.
These hotels have a good reputation among remote workers. The hotel chain offers free wifi in certain areas or for Hilton Honors members and the Internet’s minimum speed is 16.2Mbps. On average, guests have to pay around $14.99 per day for a fast internet connection.
For those who prefer luxury and the fastest internet connection, the Ritz-Carlton hotels offer the fastest wifi among popular hotel chains. This company offers guests 76.2 Mbps that can be free for loyalty members or cost from $13 to $17 per day.
Another large luxury brand that offers travelers special experiences across the world at its over 5,500 locations. Digital nomads staying at any of the Marriott Hotel & Resorts can expect an average internet speed of 45.9 Mbps which is free for loyalty members and at certain lobbies. Otherwise, travelers must pay around $15 per day for premium wifi.
The British multinational hospitality company offers travelers free and fast internet connection. Guests can experience up to 30.7 Mbps at the InterContinental Hotels at no extra cost.
This economy-priced chain with more than 578 locations in the United States can also be a reliable option for digital nomads. In 2019 this hotel chain earned recognition as the hotel chain with the best free wifi in the US. The average internet speed for guests is 7.66 Mbps and the company also offers premium internet for a slightly faster speed.
This economy hotel chain has been offering decent free wifi for travelers, earning great reviews worldwide. Not all hotels have great connectivity, but on average digital nomads will find a stable Internet connection for free.
Internet Connection can always vary
Digital nomads learn to live with uncertainty, but these options are usually good and reliable. Of course, there are many factors that can affect the Internet connection such as:
- The location and the specific hotel: Not all hotel brands can provide the exact same service, and it might vary depending on the country or area.
- The number of devices connected: It’s also a good idea to consider if the hotel is crowded. Too many people connected to the same network will affect speed, even if it is over 25 Mbps
- Ethernet vs Wireless: sometimes Internet speed uses Ethernet—the wired option which is usually faster— as a reference and not wifi. If the wifi doesn’t work well, having access to an Ethernet port is always valuable.
A good strategy to guarantee a good internet connection is to request the hotel a speed test and information about occupancy.
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