On some trips, free and reliable Wi-Fi at the hotel is crucial. The HotelChatter blog's annual review of Wi-Fi at hotel chains dishes on who's charging, which services you can depend on, and which chains want $US15 for checking your Gmail.
As HotelChatter points out, many guests believe their 3G modems and tethered phones can free them from need of reliable Wi-Fi, only to discover that their hotel has nothing resembling good cellular reception, or that their network just can't cut it for regular laptop use. So HotelChatter did its annual survey of what's available, and found that, among large US chains that you might recognise, Holiday Inn ranks among the best Wi-Fi hotels. Among the worst? The W Hotels, DoubleTree, Four Seasons and the Marriott chain.
Many of these chains have sub-divisions that actually fared well in HotelChatter's hunt, so be sure to check out the full post for the skinny on where to look for a reliable connection, when you don't want to have to look for it elsewhere. Got a hotel recommendation (or condemnation) of your own? Share it in the comments.