A new content API allows would-be guests to compare the quality of hotels’ Wi-Fi before they book.
While it is an absolute necessity for business travelers, Wi-Fi speed, unlike price or location, is not usually touted as a key amenity on travel booking sites. However, Hotel Wi-Fi Test — a site which analyzes, collects and distributes hotel Wi-Fi data on a global scale — has recently launched a free content application programming interface (API) that allows travelers to compare the Wi-Fi quality available at hotels before they book.
Designed for server-to-server integrations, this content API provides bulk Wi-Fi quality records. Users can filter and sort by any criterion without leaving the selection page of their favorite travel booking site. For every hotel, the interface provides a global expected Wi-Fi rank, an expected Wi-Fi speed as well as a user confidence rating.
To begin comparing hotel Wi-Fi ratings, users must first apply to receive their access token and API documentation. Once this is done, users are free to download, store and share data for their selected hotels.
From here, this information can be stored in the private version of a user’s website or app. Should an individual wish to go public with their requested Wi-Fi information, they should send Hotel Wi-Fi Test their integration link for approval.
Users can keep their results current by periodically refreshing the interface’s content.
In a statement, founder and CEO of Hotel Wi-Fi Test Yaroslav Goncharov explained the impetus behind the launch. “Our main goal…is to provide hotel Wi-Fi speed and quality information to travelers without them having to leave their favorite travel websites,” he said.
Another critical goal, Goncharov explained, was to integrate this Wi-Fi data directly into the hotel selection flow, thus enabling users to search, sort and filter their results alongside characteristics like price and guest feedback.
For travelers who can’t decide where to stay, it’s thought that this interface may not only help clinch the custom of potential guests, but will also encourage hotels to be more transparent regarding the quality of their free Wi-Fi.