If one of your top priorities for a hotel is fast and free WiFi, you’re most likely to be satisfied at a Comfort, Quality or Clarion Hotel. That’s according to the latest report from Hotelwifitest.com, which released a ranking of the top performing hotel chains around the world for online connectivity.

Global results placed Nordic Choice – the parent owner of hotel chains Comfort, Quality and Clarion – in the top spot for offering the best WiFi quality, and for its WiFi policy (85% of the chain’s hotels offer adequate WiFi, and online connectivity is free in all its hotels).

Adequate WiFi is defined as a download speed of at least 3Mbps (the Netflix recommendation for SD-quality streaming), and an upload speed of 500kbps (the Skype recommendation for high-quality non-HD video calling).

Rounding out the top five hotel chains for WiFi are Radisson Blu, Renaissance, Mercure, Ibis and ibis styles.

Meanwhile, a regional breakdown of top performing hotels for WiFi reveal different results.

In the United States, for example, Marriott takes the top spot. But compared to Nordic Choice, Marriott’s WiFi policy is “not that impressive”, analysts say. Free hotel WiFi is only available to Marriott’s loyalty members.

Hyatt Hotels, on the other hand, which ranks third on the list, offers free WiFi access to all hotel guests. Where Marriott outranks its competitor, however, is in the quality of its connectivity.

The Westin placed second for travellers in the US. In a Hotels.com survey released last year, more than 1,000 travellers around the world listed free WiFi as the most sought-after, in-room amenity.

Here are the top performing brands for hotel WiFi around the world:

1. Nordic Choice
2. Radisson Blu
3. Renaissance
4. Mercure
5. Ibis and ibis styles
6. Scandic Hotels
7. Inter-Continental
8. Econo-Lodge
9. Four Points
10. Marriott Hotels and Resorts

Top five hotel chains in the United States:

1. Marriott Hotels and Resorts
2. Westin
3. Hyatt Hotels
4. Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
5. Best Western

Top five hotels chains in Europe:

1. Nordic Choice
2. Radisson Blu
3. Hilton Hotels and Resorts
4. Catalonia
5. Doubletree

Top three hotels chains in Asia:

1. Inter-Continental
2. Oberoi Hotels and Resorts
3. Marriott Hotels and Resorts – AFP Relaxnews

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