Best -- and worst -- hotels for Wi-Fi


(MoneyWatch) How many times have you settled into a hotel room only to find that Wi-Fi access -- nearly as essential as electricity these days -- costs $15 a day above and beyond the cost of the room? Or you get free Wi-Fi, but it's as reliable as Lindsay Lohan serving as an air traffic controller?

No worries -- HotelChatter has the scoop on the best and worst hotels in the U.S. for Wi-Fi service. Here are the five best chains, based on criteria such as price and connection quality:

  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Peninsula Hotels
  • Ace Hotels
  • Fairmont Hotels
  • Swire Hotels

And the five worst:

  • Westin Hotels
  • W Hotels
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Hard Rock Hotels
  • Hilton Hotels

Looking for free Wi-Fi? Here's a short list of hotels that offer connectivity at no cost:

  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton Inn Hotels
  • Hyatt House
  • Hyatt Place Hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Residence Inn
  • Wyndham Garden Hotels

For the complete list, be sure to read the HotelChatter report.