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Wi-Fi tops travellers' hotel wishlist

09 December 2014 08:46

Wi-Fi is the most important thing to consider when booking a hotel, according to a poll

Wi-Fi is the most important thing to consider when booking a hotel, according to a poll

What do you look for most when booking a hotel? If it's Wi-Fi you're not alone - according to a poll that found wireless broadband is the number one consideration for holidaymakers when booking accommodation

A poll from Amba Hotels found Wi-Fi service tops the list of tourists' considerations when it comes to choosing their ideal hotel.

Over two-thirds of travellers (67%) told the accommodation provider that inclusive Wi-Fi is more likely to make them pick a hotel more than any other consideration. Location is everything too though - nearly two-thirds of people picked a hotel's address, making it the second-most popular feature.

Of course, when checking whether a hotel has Wi-Fi or a good location tourists may also spend time searching out a good travel insurance deal.

What do holidaymakers want from a hotel?

1. Complementary Wi-Fi (67%)

2. The right location (65%)

3. Fast Wi-Fi, including limitless downloads (34%)

4. Being near to local travel hubs (34%)

5. Excellent hotel restaurants and bars (26%)


Getting reliable travel insurance could also help a guest get a better night's sleep - something that is important for over half of those polled. Another important feature for 40% of people is the knowledge of the hotel's staff, and their friendliness.

Over one in four holidaymakers had grumbles concerning difficult or slow Wi-Fi, with many of them wishing to use it for work, social media, travel tips or dating websites.

A further one in four (27%) have been unable to message home, while 8% of those questioned even lost a business opportunity or client because of snail-pace internet connectivity.