Hilton Properties with FASTEST wifi ??

Old Dec 21, 12, 1:04 am
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Hilton Properties with FASTEST wifi ??

Hello All,

I am a Diamond member and have stayed at Hilton hotels around 210 nights this year. For the most part I love being a Diamond but the 1 thing that bothers me is how slow most of the "full-service" Hilton Hotels wifi speed is.

Is it just me or does anyone else notice the same thing??? I had 1 stay at the Marriott LAX and was completely BLOWN AWAY by how much faster their wifi was. Are Marriotts' faster in general???

Would love to know other travelers opinions on the subject. Also, please list the Hilton properties with the fastest wifi - especially when trying to download something from itunes for example.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!
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Old Dec 21, 12, 12:15 pm
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I have been measuring (using speedtest.net) the internet speeds of the various properties at which I've stayed. ATT appears to be the most common provider for Hilton. I am noticing that there appears to be a standardization of around 2mbs for most Hilton internet (wi-fi or wired). I am actually seeing less of a slowdown in the evenings (when everyone seems to be online) as compared to years past. 2mbs is adequate for most web surfing or e-mail but is weak for any serious video streaming - and I think they intend for it to be that way.

Of course, different HH properties may have different setups that may be better or worse than the standard.

Marriott's, in general, are no better but if you really need bandwidth, you may want to try the Courtyard Seattle downtown in non-peak hours.
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Old Dec 21, 12, 1:18 pm
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They give you wifi, they don't promise speeds. Many hotels seem to be naming the speed now and some are offering 'premium' plans fast enough for netflix, etc.

I've always used wifi at Hiltons and it has been just fine for work type things, browsing, etc. I'm not sure that I'd hold out for faster speeds. At a hotel with 200 rooms, offering everyone even 2GB/s is a huge amount of bandwidth and even more when you look at the uplink. That's especially true now that people have multiple devices online.
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Old Dec 21, 12, 1:51 pm
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While it does depend on individual property's connection and carrier in my experience, a bigger overall variable for me has been whether it's the porn hour or not.

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Old Dec 21, 12, 2:41 pm
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Conrad Koh Samui - >20MB/s anytime in the day/night
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Old Dec 21, 12, 5:07 pm
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Conrad Koh Samui - >20MB/s anytime in the day/night
Megabytes or megabits per second? Megabytes would be insanely fast!
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Old Dec 21, 12, 5:13 pm
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It is all capacity. If you are the only person who are using the WiFi in a hotel with average speed, you will be cruising. If you are one of 600 using the WiFi in a hotel with the greatest speed in the universe, not that much.
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Old Dec 23, 12, 9:25 am
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I have measured the Wi-Fi Internet speed at atleast 15 Hilton hotels all over the USA the last two years and in 75 % the speed avareges at around 2 mb/s download and 0.5 - 1 mb/s upload, no mather what time I measure it. The other 25 % is always about 0.5 mb/s in download speed and even slower upload. I always post these speed on my Tripadvisor reviews that I for fun do after staying at a hotel. I have never come across a hotel that have faster speeds in the US. On the other hand, every time that I have complained about a slow internet at a property in my reviews on Tripadvisor, the manager have always promised to look into it.
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Old Dec 23, 12, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by mikebor View Post
Are Marriotts' faster in general???
Not so much. I often find I have to turn off wi-fi and use ATT 4G on my iPad to get any sort of reasonable response on my web mail at most hotels (Marriott and Hilton) I stay at.

What I really hate (e.g. last stay at Fort Worth Homewood) is having to log on over and over again, like 10 times a night, even during continuous use.
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Old Dec 23, 12, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by araknis View Post
Megabytes or megabits per second? Megabytes would be insanely fast!
20mbps, meaning 2-2.5mb/s download speed. That was more than the typical 256-600kb/s I recall from most other properties.
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Old Dec 23, 12, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by CAlex View Post
20mbps, meaning 2-2.5mb/s download speed. That was more than the typical 256-600kb/s I recall from most other properties.
You might want to use 2-2.5MB/s (capital B) if you want to talk about the Bytes, but usually Bytes are for amount of data, and bits (b) are for speed.

And for the topic, I have never seen faster than 2Mbps (as already stated, AT&T service) in Hilton properties, but had seen ~30Mbps at one particular Marriott location (San Diego Gaslamp Quarter)..
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Old Dec 23, 12, 4:35 pm
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The Wifi seemed pretty fast at the LAX Hilton last week when I was there and also is fast at the WIT DT in Chicago and the Miami Bently.

Properties I have noticed it the slowest at is Trafalgar in London (I was there the week before the olympics and was told it was going to be upgraded in time for the olympics and there are others who have complained on FT and TA about how slow it is) and it also seems really slow at the Palmer house in Chicago but it is a large hotel and they give silvers free wifi if they ask so that doesn't help
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