Wi pay?

Hotels, once bursting at the seams, are now fighting for sluggish business in Reading so it’s encouraging that at last one has decided to ditch charging for wi-fi.

Wi-fi at the Millennium Madejski Hotel is now free to everyone whether you are staying over or dropping in for coffee after a football match.

With untold Costa Coffee and Wetherspoons outlets offering free internet it seems bizarre that struggling hotels are charging ridiculous amounts.  A couple of years ago my son and I went in search of free wi-fi somewhere decent like a hotel.

We were quoted £5 an hour at the Millennium Madejski, £6 an hour at the Holiday Inn South but found it free at the Malmaison. However, on returning to the Malmaison a few weeks later we were told it was now £10 an hour.

However many £10 notes there were in my wallet, I wasn’t prepared to hand one two of them for wi-fi. They really seem to be doing their best to put people off.

Few places are as nice as the Madejski’s Atrium Bar for a relaxed drink so if you can use free internet too then they deserve to succeed.


About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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