A Wi-Fi war has broken out among the nation's biggest hotel chains.
Now Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp. is entering the fray, offering free standard Wi-Fi for all guests – even those who don't join its loyalty rewards program.
"Travelers shouldn't have to remember which brands or locations offer it free or the strings attached to get it," said Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt, which operates nearly 600 hotels worldwide. The free service begins in February.
There is one catch: If Hyatt guests want to upgrade to a premium Wi-Fi service, they must pay a fee, which has yet to be announced. Elite members of Hyatt's loyalty rewards program get the faster Wi-Fi free.