This is 2012! All hotels should have free Internet access. Who lives with no Internet these days? How about paying $9.95 to $14.95 for a few hours of usage? Some hotels even limit it to one laptop for $9.95 and you have pay extra for the next laptop.
Right off the bat, Almafi Chicago Hotel got my attention with their free Internet and easy access. None of those "connect here and there" kind of procedures to get online.
Along with free Internet, the hotel also offers complimentary continental breakfast. The breakfast bar is laid out on each of the floors and guests have unlimited access to the breakfast bar. From freshly brewed gourmet coffee, tea, orange juice, water to croissant, bagel, bread, muffins, cheese and a variety of fruits.
You don’t have to choose where to sit and when to head out for breakfast. Just come in your PJs and choose your breakfast and enjoy them in your room. Breakfast is served from 6:30-9:30 am from Monday to Friday and from 7:00 -10:30 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
In the evening, head to Ravello Lounge on the 6th floor for complimentary drinks and Italian hors d’oeuvres. A drink with cheese and a variety of hors d’oeuvres could easily cost you $30 including tips if you were to pay for it. We love the mural of the Amalfi coast of Italy with mock fireplace in the lounge. The lounge is open from 5:30-7:00 pm. I tried their signature drink called Amalfitini made with Limoncello.
Not to mention, if you need to bring Fido, you can always ask for the second floor of the hotel where pets are welcomed. The hotel hires a third party pet sitting company to walk your dogs while you are working or visiting Chicago. There are doggie beds, doggie bowls, treats, toys and pet shampoo. Now you have no excuse to leave your pet behind.
Amalfi Chicago hotel has all the great features of a boutique hotel but nothing beats free Internet access. How much can one eat for breakfast or has time for breakfast if they need to catch an early flight? Most of us are not available to get a complimentary drink in the evening. How many of us actually travel with our pets when we are going on a business or a short trip to Chicago?
According to a recent report done by J.D. Power and Associates 2012 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study released on July 25, 2012:
"When guests learn they have to pay for Internet or when connection speeds are slow at a hotel, they are much more dissatisfied than they were in the past"
The study also found that 55 percent of hotel guests use Internet during their hotel stay, which is a 20 percent increase from 2006. Complimentary Internet access is more likely included at mid-scale limited service, mid-scale full service, upscale, and economy/budget hotels.
Would you rather be in a hotel with free Internet access and serves free coffee and a croissant or pay for your Internet access and have an abundance of food for breakfast? Which is better?