This topic of WiFi is a touchy subject in the travel industry. While most bed and breakfasts and budget hotel brands have gotten the memo that travelers want complimentary Internet access, many luxury hotels continue to charge for it, often at a daily rate close to what you may be paying for a month of Internet access at home. When recently talking about travel trends I'd like to see, I mentioned free WiFi as a norm I'd like to see across all hotels and airports. While you may be hard-pressed to find a luxury hotel in San Francisco with complimentary WiFi, the Bay Area is home to some notable hotels with free wireless Internet access:
1. Personality Hotels. Of the properties discussed here, this is likely the group of hotels you're least familiar with. The Personality group of hotels are a brand of local accommodations, most of which are within walking distance of Union Square, with the exception of the Mariposa Hotel in Monterey and Flamingo Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, both of which are affiliate hotels. You can find complimentary wireless Internet access at each of the San Francisco hotels. Also of note is that all of their San Francisco hotels are dog-friendly.
2. Kimpton. Kimpton follows that of some other hotel brands in providing complimentary WiFi for those who are loyalty members, but with a slight difference. While some loyalty programs may require a certain status level to receive complimentary WiFi, Kimpton offers it for all of its InTouch members. Even if you're not a member, you can easily sign up as soon as you walk into one of their hotels, open your laptop, and connect to the Internet. San Francisco has several Kimpton properties, including the Sir Francis Drake, Palomar, and Harbor Court.
3. Joie de Vivre Hotels. Joie de Vivre is a collection of boutique hotels, most of which are in California. While you won't find complimentary WiFi across all of their properties, you can find it at most of their hotels. Joie de Vivre's San Francisco properties that offer complimentary WiFi include the Galleria Park, Hotel del Sol, Carlton, Kabuki, Rex, Tomo, Laurel Inn, Petite Auberge, Phoenix, and White Swan Inn.