Hotelwifitest.com Focuses on Poor WiFi: If Holiday Inn Express was a City, it Would be Las Vegas

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Hotelwifitest.com has released a new report that ranks hotel chains and cities by the percentage of hotels with poor WiFi performance. This type of ranking makes perfect sense from a practical standpoint. For most travelers, having super-fast and consistently stable WiFi is a great bonus, but the first priority is ensuring that the basic quality expectations for Internet access are met.

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In this report, a hotel judged as having adequate WiFi must provide an expected download speed of at least 2Mbps, an upload speed of 1Mbps, latency not exceeding 500ms, and an average stability rating of at least 3 out of 5. Upload testing, latency testing, and stability feedback are relatively new additions to the testing process; therefore, for some hotels, download speed was the only factor being measured. Furthermore, this report does not differentiate between paid and free WiFi.

The chain of a hotel is one of the best predictors of WiFi performance. Also, travelers can usually choose their preferred hotel chain in a given area or city. The first table of this report presents the 20 most tested hotel chains and ranks them by their percentage of hotels with poor WiFi.

Table 1. 20 most tested hotel chains ranked by their percentage of hotels with poor WiFi 





Rank

Chain

Hotels with poor WiFi (%)


1

Radisson Blu

17


2

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

34


3

Quality Inn

35


4

Best Western

35


5

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

36


6

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

40


7

Mercure Hotels

42


8

Crowne Plaza

45


9

Westin Hotels & Resorts

45


10

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

46


11

Courtyard by Marriott

50


12

Comfort Inn

51


13

Doubletree

54


14

Residence Inn

55


15

Holiday Inn Express

56


16

Holiday Inn

62


17

Novotel

67


18

Hampton Inn

83


19

Hilton Garden Inn

83


20

Homewood Suites

90





Travelers who want to minimize their chances of having poor hotel WiFi ruin their online experience should choose hotel chains closer to the top of the table.

The second table ranks the most tested cities worldwide by the same criteria.

Table 2. 20 most tested cities ranked by their percentage of hotels with poor WiFi 






Rank

City

Country

Hotels with poor WiFi (%)


1

Stockholm

Sweden

4


2

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

8


3

Amsterdam

Netherlands

17


4

Tokyo

Japan

19


5

Rome

Italy

27


6

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

29


7

London

United Kingdom

30


8

Berlin

Germany

31


9

San Diego

United States

33


10

Barcelona

Spain

35


11

Washington

United States

37


12

Singapore

Singapore

38


13

Chicago

United States

38


14

Vienna

United States

40


15

Bangkok

Thailand

41


16

New York

United States

41


17

Orlando

United States

44


18

San Francisco

United States

48


19

Paris

France

53


20

Las Vegas

United States

57






For most travelers, changing their destination city is not an option, but this information can still act as a friendly warning, a suggestion to spend more time reading hotel reviews, and a strong recommendation to book an accommodation property with tested WiFi, if possible.

This report provides valuable advice for choosing a hotel based on chains and global destinations. However, it is always better to check WiFi quality before booking a hotel. In some cities, this is very easy to do: there are 180 tested hotels in New York alone; 42 of them have an expected speed of more than 10Mbps.

SOURCE Hotel WiFi Test

For further information: Yaroslav Goncharov, pr@hotelwifitest.com, +17026054621