NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Two weeks ago, my wife and I were on the road again, driving north from Tampa Bay, Fla., to New Jersey. On the first day, we tracked 660 miles to the Holiday Inn in Rocky Mount, N.C.
On the second day, our destination is another 440 miles to the Courtyard by Marriott, right off Exit 8A on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Going back south, the 660-mile first-day trek takes us to Santee, S.C., where we stay at the Hampton Inn.
The reason for staying at these hotels is my need for wired Internet service in addition to Wi-Fi. When I travel, I must have a room with a desk that can handle two laptops and a printer. My primary computer needs the security protection of a wired Internet connection.
The second laptop replicates my desktop computer in my office at home, including the graphics I use and my proprietary analytics.
At Rocky Mount going north and at Santee going south, there are many hotels to choose from, but there is no single brand that offers wired high-speed Internet access at all locations. Even with Courtyard, not all locations have wired Internet capability.
Here are the companies that own the hotels I use:
InterContinental (IHG) ($37.62) includes the popular Holiday Inn brand, Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites. The price for our stay has been stable for the past couple of years at the senior citizen rate of $114 a night.
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