There really wasn’t much question.
I went for the wifi. And was pleasantly surprised in every way.
As you may recall, I left town for an overnight stay recently. When I used Priceline to get my hotel room, I wound up (in the blind bidding process called “name your own price”) with the hotel I had deliberately avoided because it charged money for Internet access.
But because I saved money on the Priceline deal, I figured I could pay the $12.95 for the wifi.
Let me say, though, that I think that price is just outrageous. In Vegas, I can understand hotels wanting to charge me for something that could keep me in my room, where they don’t want me to be.
But this was the Midwest. Across the river from Cincinnati.
The bigger question for me was whether I would enjoy the one hotel night I had. And when I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly desk clerk, who allowed me to change room styles and let me know she had given me a “partial river view.” This was a distinct difference from the last Priceline hotel I stayed in, where the room’s one small window looked out at a brick wall a foot away. (Seriously, why even install a window in that situation?)
And so I am going to have to re-evaluate my trepidation with Priceline. This was a pretty great room, with a view nice enough to draw me to the window more than once. I forced myself to hit the treadmill in a first-rate fitness center. There was a terrific little bar downstairs where I got a good burger and fries and laughed a bit with the friendly staff and customers.
It was one of those nights when I didn’t have to do any work. I had a comfortable chair to sit in when I got back to the room. I surfed a bit and watched TV for a bit.
What really sealed the deal: The hotel gave me a copy of that day’s Cincinnati Enquirer.
I do like newspapers.