IHG has announced that Staybridge Suites is offering free wireless Internet access, available
anywhere on its hotels’ premises at locations across the U.S. and
Canada.For guests who choose to connect via wired high-speed Internet
access, this complimentary amenity available since the brand launched in
1998 remains unchanged.
“We want our guests to be comfortable wherever they choose to access the
Internet during their stay,” said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand
Management, Staybridge Suites. “Many of our guests enjoy wireless
Internet access at home, so why should they be limited at their
home-away-from-home? Whether they choose to do this by the pool, in the
hotel’s ‘great room’, or the traditional way in their guest suite or the
hotel’s business center, we feel its important to offer conveniences to
our guests while meeting the demands of the marketplace,” he added.
The first in the upscale extended-stay category to offer free “wireless
anywhere,” Staybridge Suites recently opened its 100th hotel and expects
to double its size in the next few years, offering this amenity at
nearly 200 hotels across the Americas by year-end 2009.
One of five Staybridge Suites hotels open in the greater Chicago area,
the Staybridge Suites Oakbrook Terrace expects this amenity will
contribute to the hotel’s community-like environment.
“Nearly all of our guests stay with us for business, and ‘wireless
anywhere’ will allow them to work or access the Internet in other areas
of the hotel without being confined to their suite,” said Destini
Williams-Best, general manager, Staybridge Suites Chicago-Oakbrook
Terrace. “This is especially important to most of our guests who stay
with us for weeks on end and want to work in an environment similar to
what they would have back home.”
Keane Bell, regional director of operations for the Mid-Atlantic
Staybridge Suites hotels adds, “The freedom and comfort of working in a
large open space, such as the Staybridge Suites’ great room, or even
outdoors, can be rewarding and relaxing, especially when it’s a
complimentary service offered by the hotel.”