NEW YORK, August 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
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.
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