Hotel guests Rate Free Wi-Fi at Top of Amenity List

This post updated August 16, 2016

David Wilkening of Travel Mole recently reported on a survey that proves what many have assumed for some time: free hotel Wi-Fi is at the top of the list when guests choose where they will stay.

Thirty-eight percent of travelers reported that free Wi-Fi played a part in their decision as a “must” to stay at a specific hotel, while 35 percent reported it is the simple amenity they want to see more in hotels. Another 31 percent say they wish it would become a standard in all hotels. “Given the explosion of mobile use in the past few years, it is no surprise that travelers are requiring free and fast Wi-Fi,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations and social media for Hotels.com. He added: “Many guests never travel without their tablets, smartphones and laptops. It’s as intuitive as packing a toothbrush.”

Read the full article from Travel Mole here.

I have been working on my own “free Wi-Fi list”–remember, this is a continual work in progress that I hope to update frequently.

Cruises:

American Queen Steamboat:  complimentary free ship-wide Wi-Fi

General:

AMResorts (Dreams, Secrets, Now Resorts) offer free Internet access to guests booked in a “Preferred Club” category.  Free public Wi-Fi in the lobby is available at some resorts.  With the Unlimited Connectivity App on your smart phone or mobile device, guests get free Wi-Fi and free calling while at their resort as part of Unlimited-Luxury® – no additional cost, no VIP upgrade and no Preferred Club room necessary.  Download each brand’s mobile app on your smartphone, tablet or mobile device and experience everything Unlimited Connectivity has to offer, without international roaming charges, fees, or service upgrades.  This app allows guests to:

  • Stay in Touch: create user profiles to keep in touch with other guests at resort
  • Stay Social: update your status on Facebook and Twitter
  • Room Phone To Go: register your room number to make and receive calls – just like having a portable room phone!
  • Vacay Your Way: explore the local attractions, get deals and book excursions

Excellence and Finest Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Palace Resorts: free Wi-Fi throughout resorts
Sandals Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all public areas, all rooms, unlimited devices
Riu Resorts:  free Wi-Fi in lobby
Hyatt Resorts: free Wi-Fi in all of its hotels and resorts worldwide

Cancun/Riviera Maya:

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya; free Wi-Fi
Ocean Maya Royale by H10: free Wi-Fi in lobby
Paradisus La Esmeralda: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus La Perla (adults only): free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Valentin Imperial Maya: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort

Jamaica:

Couples Resorts: free Wi-Fi access is available in rooms and most of the public areas of the resort, including the internet cafe, and the lobby.  Internet café is open 24 hours a day and has multiple desktop computers, internet access and printers.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort, Montego Bay: free Wi-Fi in lobby

Melia Braco Village: free Wi-Fi

Riu Palace in Montego Bay: free in room Wi-Fi

Punta Cana:

Paradisus Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Paradisus Palma Real: free Wi-Fi throughout all areas of the resort
Riu Palace Bavaro, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi in villa category
Riu Palace Macao, Punta Cana: free Wi-Fi resort wide

USA–Las Vegas:

Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur

USA–Miscellaneous

Super 8: free in-room high speed Internet access

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New Secrets Puerto Los Cabos (Adults Only, All-Inclusive) Opening November 2013

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

AMResorts (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, and Secrets, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas) will introduce its second Secrets resort in Los Cabos with the opening of adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in November 2013.  The new build resort will join three other AMResorts properties in the destination.

Located in the exclusive Puerto Los Cabos area, where the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains meet the ocean, and only 15 minutes from San Jose del Cabo, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have 500 spacious suites, all with stunning views and a Jacuzzi for two on their private balconies or terraces.  Added amenities will be available in the 150 Preferred Club level designated suites, including a private lounge, complimentary in-room internet access, pillow menu, upgraded mini bar service, and more.

Guests of Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept, which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, and more. The resort features two main swimming pools, five á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a café, a grill, and six bars offering a variety of experiences.  NO restaurant reservations, NO towel cards, NO wristbands!

The resort’s 12,000 square-foot signature Secrets Spa by Pevonia will offer 22 treatment rooms, a selection of specialty treatments and hydrotherapy circuit, and the perfect atmosphere for those seeking relaxation. A fitness center facility and full service beauty salon also are available.

Additionally, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will have more than 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The resort also caters to the destination wedding and honeymoon market with signature beachside ceremony and reception locations, dedicated group event planners offering personalized attention, and romantic environments throughout the property. A host of honeymoon and anniversary packages also are available.

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Had my annual training update with Sandals Resorts today.

Sandals and Beaches resorts have more quality inclusions than any other resort.

  • More seaside dining options
  • More elegant gourmet restaurants
  • More anytime dining
  • Free weddings with personalized online wedding designer tool
  • Lobster served every day it is in season
  • Romantic fire pits
  • Pool and beach waiter service
  • Exclusive airport arrival/departure lounges in Jamaica and St. Lucia
  • Water sports and scuba included
  • Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  • Butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers
  • Beaches Resorts have Sesame Street Characters with character breakfasts, tuck-in service, birthday parties and much more
  • PADI National Geographic Dive Centers

Email us for a quote!

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Carnival Breeze joins the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet

Carnival Breeze Pool Area

Copyright Carnival Cruise Line

Thanks to the Orlando Sentinel for a great article about the new Carnival Breeze!  Carnival Cruise Lines has taken possession of its newest ship in a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.  The 130,000-ton, 3,600-passenger sister ship to the Carnival Magic and Carnival Dream becomes the 24th cruise ship in the line’s fleet. It will now head off on its inaugural cruise from Venice on June 3, sailing Mediterranean itineraries until this fall when it repositions to the Port of Miami.

It begins year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises out of Miami beginning Nov. 24, making it the largest Carnival ship to sail out of a South Florida port. The six-day sailings will visit Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Nassau, The Bahamas. The eight-day sailings will alternate between a southern Caribbean itinerary featuring Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curacao, and Aruba. An eastern Caribbean route will visit St. Thomas/St. John, Antigua, Tortola, and Nassau.

The Breeze will be similar to the Magic and Dream with the popular WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare recreation complex with ropes courses, mini-golf and outdoor fitness area. The Lanai will be a wraparound promenade with whirlpools jutting out over the ship’s sides.

The look of the Breeze will be decidedly Caribbean in style, as in island breezes and tropical sunsets, created by Germany-based Partner Ship Design, focusing on bright colors and pastel hues.
The Breeze will be the first of the line’s ships to feature all of the Fun Ship 2.0 elements it plans to roll out fleetwide in time. The amenity program is a $500 million initiative that features new entertainment options, new venues and new celebrity partnerships such as comedian George Lopez, DJ Irie, and Food Network star Guy Fieri.

Read the Sentinel’s full article here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/vacation-starter/cruise-lines/carnival-cruise-lines/vs-carnival-cruise-line-takes-delivery-of-carnival-breeze–053112,0,6678640.story

Carnival Breeze Video Tour

Source/credit: Orlando Sentinel

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