One of the SF area full service Marriotts (SFO Airport in Bulingame CA) is offering, for a limited time, free Internet and free parking (a value of at least $30 per night) for weekend stays. Another Silicon Valley property (Santa Clara) has installed free wireless in the lobby and a four seater Internet Kiosk, which is also cost-free. Could this be a trend?
There have been a lot of posts about the need to forgo the Internet charge, and maybe this is a beta for that move? Who can say?
Free internet access is a brand standard for Marriott Vacation Club. Most resorts favor providing their owners with the convenience of wireless. At Marriott's Wentworth by the Sea, the resort offers wired internet access for free in the rooms and wireless in the lobby.
Wired or wireless, it's encouraging to learn that Marriott hotels may be piloting a free service. Responding to customer feedback, several competitors already have. At the Marriott Charlotte City Center recently, a guest suggested connecting to the Omni's wireless network for free. It was a great tip and worked fine.