Holiday Inn Chicago: Friend to the Geek

By Deane Barker on June 26, 2004

I’m writing this from the lobby of the Holiday Inn Chicago City Centre on Ohio Street, which is a very geek-friendly hotel. Broadband is available in every room for $9.95 for the duration of your stay. And it’s a true T-1 line; extremely fast.

The lobby has free wireless throughout. You don’t even have to be a guest. Joe and I sprung for the $10 Internet from the room, but when we told Pablo at the front desk that the Ethernet cable in our room was broken and we had to use our own, he insisted on comping the service.

Here’s a hint for the geek traveller: bring your own cable, and make it a long one. The cable in the room is three feet which is great for the desk, but Joe brought twenty feet worth, which means I could blog sitting up in bed. Smart.



  1. This is something that Apple is addressing in the marketing for the AirPort Express. “Take it with you in your laptop bag to use when you travel. Once you’re in your hotel room, simply connect the AirPort Express Base Station to the room’s Ethernet network and with your AirPort-equipped PowerBook or iBook, you’re instantly online — wirelessly. “

    And since it’s plain old 802.11g, it’d work with a lowly PC too.

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