Residence Inn Opens New Hotel with Free Wi-Fi on Boston Harbor

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

June 09, 2003

The Marriott chain launches a new 168-suite hotel downtown with free wireless and wired high-speed Internet access in every room.

Boston's newest hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, is the latest to hop on the Wi-Fi bandwagon in an effort to attract business travelers

The eight-story hotel opened on May 30 and offers free wireless and wired high-speed Internet access in each of its 168 guest suites. Guests can also tap into the wireless network in the hotel's "cyber cafe" and meeting room, and on its 8,000-square-foot pier.

While other Marriott hotels are charging for Wi-Fi, the Residence Inn decided to offer the service as a free amenity to guests. Danny Gomez, the hotel's general manager, said that Pyramid Advisors, the hotel's operators, felt it would give them a competitive advantage.

The hotel caters to business travelers, he noted. "We didn't want to strap them to a desk. This enables them to do their work from various locations throughout the hotel."

Guests without a wireless card can buy one from the hotel, or they can lease an Ethernet client bridge, which plugs into the Ethernet port on their laptop and allows them to connect to the wireless network.

Marriott last year said it would deploy wireless Internet systems in 400 of its hotels in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany by June. In most of those properties, guests pay $2.95 for the first 15 minutes and 25 cents for each additional minute.

The Residence Inn's network was installed by Duluth, Ga.-based Providence Technologies.

Other hotels in the Boston area offering wireless networks for business travelers include the Four Seasons, the Wyndham and the Seaport, home of the 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo, which also offers free wireless access to guests. See 802.11 Hotspots for additional Boston access points.

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