British hotels among worst for Wi-Fi charges
Britain's hotels are among the worst in Europe when it comes to providing free Wi-Fi for guests, new research has shown
Although free Wi-Fi is available in most bars and cafes - and even branches of McDonalds - hotels have historically been more reticent to offer the service. But a survey of thousands of hotels across the Continent found that around 90 per cent now offer free access.
Telegraph Travel was quickly able to uncover 10 UK hotels or hotel chains that still charge guests, with fees as high as £6 for a single hour's access, or £20 for 24 hours (see table below).
German cities also fares badly in the study, carried out by KAYAK, the travel search engine, with Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin all among the bottom ten. Milan in Italy and Lugano in Switzerland completed the roll of shame.
The two best performing cities were both Swedish - Malmö and Gothenburg, where 98 per cent and 96 per cent of hotels were found to offer free Wi-Fi. Toulouse, Istanbul, Stockholm, Saragossa, Adana, St Petersburg, Lyon and Seville completed the top 10.