How To Check If A Hotel Has Good Or Bad Wi-Fi Before Booking

There’s a new service in town that hopes to make our hotel room-buying experience a more informed affair, especially if functional Wi-Fi is high on your list of priorities.

If you’ve ever been away on business and needed to get a report done before a meeting, or even taken a trip with the family and needed an easy way to keep the kids entertained before bed, then you’ll already know how important good hotel Wi-Fi can be. It’s never cheap, and you’re probably already paying an absolute fortune for your bug-infested bed, so it’s understandably annoying when that Wi-Fi just doesn’t seem to work.

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There are already plenty of websites out there that focus their energies on either reviewing hotels themselves, or making it easy for people to review them themselves as part of a larger crowdsourcing initiative. What has been in short supply is a service that just focuses on the most important thing to any tech-loving traveller: whether a hotel has good quality Wi-Fi or not.

Hotel Wi-Fi Test is one such service, and it does just what that name might suggest by asking users to go out and test their hotel’s Wi-Fi. If you’re already at your hotel, then the app will automatically pinpoint where you are and then run a speed test in order to get the data it needs to try and build a real picture of the quality of the Wi-Fi on offer. These days, simply offering Wi-Fi isn’t enough for the more discerning customer, and hotels need to learn that the connection needs to actually work, rather than just exist. Hopefully tools and services like Hotel Wi-Fi Test will manage to make that fact plainly clear to the people that matter.


If you’re going out on a trip real soon then we urge you to check out Hotel Wi-Fi Test right away. You can do so by pointing your browser to: And like many other great services, it doesn’t cost a dime to go through, or even submit results for others to look at. After all, building up a database like this one will actually help millions of travellers worldwide, including us at some point.

Put that coffee cup away and get started!

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