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.