Paris-ite Hilton? NY landmark hotel's exorbitant WiFi charges

Colleague Larry Dignan has just attended a conference at the New York Hilton.While he is convinced that the hotel's Wi-Fi system offered the best access, Larry is kind of miffed at the prices:Hourly plan: $4.

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Colleague Larry Dignan has just attended a conference at the New York Hilton.

While he is convinced that the hotel's Wi-Fi system offered the best access, Larry is kind of miffed at the prices:

  • Hourly plan: $4.95
  • Daily standard: $14.95
  • Daily VPN: $16.95
  • Weekly standard: $74.95
  • Weekly VPN: $84.75

As someone who not only writes about Wi-Fi but who has been a Contributing Editor for a large hotel industry trade publication for the last 20 years, I understand this issue.

$14,95 a day for standard Wi-Fi?

WTF? (I mean, of course, Why The Fee)

Considering the room rates this hotel charges, (generally $299 a night minimum) they ought to make all WiFi complementary, or maybe just charge for VPN.