Two-thirds of European hotels now offering free wifi to guests
A good sign for those campaigning (or voting with their feet) for free wifi in hotels in recent years, with news that 67% of hotels in Europe are giving wifi as a complimentary service.
Analysis of 125,000 properties on hotel site HRS revealed 85% of hotels in Turkey are offering free wifi to guests, making it the most generous country in Europe.
In 20th place in the continent-wide ranking is Portugal (44%). Other high profile tourist destinations are a bit of mixed bag: UK (63%), France (58%) and Germany (67%).
|Rank||Country||Percentage of hotels with free wifi|
Of those that hotels that do charge for wifi, average costs range from £4.30 per hour in the Czech Republic (the most expensive) to £0.44 in Lithuania (in 20th place).
|Rank||Country||Average cost of wifi in the room per hour in GBP (£)|
Perhaps inevitably, five star hotels are the least likely to provide free wifi are also have the highest average charge per hour.
|Number of stars||Percentage of free wifi offers in the respective category of European hotels||Average charge for wifi per hour in room in GBP (£)|
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Kevin May is editor and a co-founder of Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution for nearly four years and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has also worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism.