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UnknownInbound Roamers relying on Wi-Fi for their data need to check costs and quality… there’s no grading for Wi-FI so here’s a helpful resource… since the Swedish are the highest consumers of LTE after Koreans… this isn’t really much of a surprise.

A new study from the website hotelwifitest.com finds that the lodging chain with the overall best Wi-Fi quality in guest rooms is not a U.S. company but a Scandinavian group.

The site examined Wi-Fi quality at 50 hotel chains worldwide and rated Nordic Choice in the number one spot. Nordic Choice has scores of hotels in the Scandinavian countries, most of them affiliated with Choice International brands like Comfort, Quality and Clarion. What’s more, it offers free Wi-Fi at all of its locations, the report noted. (The study also estimated what percentage of a chain’s properties offer free in-room Wi-Fi.)

How do they judge Wi-Fi quality?

“A hotel judged as having adequate WiFi must provide an expected download speed of at least 3 Mbps (the Netflix recommendation for SD-quality streaming) and an upload speed of 500 kbps (the Skype recommendation for high-quality non-HD video calling),” the company said.

”WiFi Quality is expressed by the percentage of hotels that offer adequate WiFi quality in a given geographical area. This type of ranking is easy to understand, and it makes perfect sense from a practical standpoint. For most travelers, having super-fast and consistently stable WiFi is a great bonus, but their first priority is ensuring that basic quality expectations for Internet access are met.”

The Radisson Blu chain ranked second in Wi-Fi quality, followed by Marriott’s Renaissance brand, France‘s Mercure and Ibis groups, Scandic Hotels, InterContinental, Econo Lodge, Four Points, and Marriott Hotels.

Chains not on the list were excluded because they didn’t have enough tested hotels.

Following is the full list of chains. Best viewed from our website…

NumberChain nameWiFi QualityFree WiFi
1Nordic Choice84.7%100%
2Radisson Blu68.8%95.2%
5Ibis and ibis styles60.3%84.2%
6Scandic Hotels57.6%100%
8Econo Lodge55.3%86.2%
9Four Points54.2%79.5%
10Marriott Hotels & Resorts52.5%18.1%
11Hyatt Hotels49.0%100%
12Sheraton Hotels & Resorts47.1%37.0%
14Sleep Inn46.8%88.8%
16Best Western45.6%91.8%
18Hilton Hotels & Resorts45.6%26.0%
19Crowne Plaza45.1%68.2%
22Comfort Suites43.3%89.1%
24Super 842%90.6%
25Comfort Inn40.2%88.8%
26Holiday Inn Express37.3%90.0%
27Days Inn35.8%91.4%
28Holiday Inn35.5%73.5%
29Country Inn & Suites35.3%93.1%
30Four Seasons34.9%43.5%
32Residence Inn33.5%95.2%
33La Quinta Inn & Suites33.1%95.1%
34Wyndham Hotels32.8%85.3%
36Staybridge Suites29.6%91.8%
37TownePlace Suites29.4%95.0%
39SpringHill Suites27.7%96.9%
40Red Roof Inn26.5%98.2%
41Hyatt Place23.3%100%
42Fairfield Inn19.4%96.0%
43Hilton Garden Inn17.1%97.1%
44Candlewood Hotel17.0%85.7%
45Motel 615.9%43.8%
46NH Hotels12.0%97.2%
47Embassy Suites10.3%24.0%
48Extended Stay America8.8%100%
49Homewood Suites8.8%93.9%
50Hampton Inn8.6%92.3%

Source: Travelskills, Hotel wifi test

By | 2017-08-24T23:44:36+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Categories: RESEARCH NEWS|

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