How does hotel e-mail work?

Apr 24th, 2003, 12:20 PM
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How does hotel e-mail work?

My guest house says it has e-mail access. Do guests use some temporary e-mail account or do I go on the Net and log into my ISP website, and do mail that way?

Is hotel e-mail usually an expensive service?
Swan51 is offline  
Apr 24th, 2003, 12:28 PM
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While it could mean several things, it probably means that they have internet acess for your use, generally speaking. I would suggest that you write to them directly (by e-mail, naturally) to ask if they specifically mean that you can access or - - just to use a few examples of _web-based_ e-mail. Accessible from anywhere you have internet acess, and creating an account there for yourself is free.

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Apr 24th, 2003, 12:33 PM
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We have "done" our email from many hotels. Generally you go to the business center or wherever the computers are, and you pay for the time you are on. They give you the internet screen, and you go to your ISP (aol, comcast, msn, etc) or hotmail and log in to get your email.

The costs vary considerably. A common cost is a dollar or two for 15 minutes.
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Apr 24th, 2003, 01:23 PM
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Our hotel in Florence last visit had a computer in the lobby. You could send and receive e-mail on the hotel account. You had to check incoming messages to see if there was one from someone you knew. It was a wonderful idea and I have never seen it done anywhere else.
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Apr 24th, 2003, 01:29 PM
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When I stayed at Hotel Casci in Florence, they also had a computer in the lobby for guests' use. I simply signed into my Hotmail account whenever I wanted to check my e-mail. It was a very helpful (and free) service. I kept in touch with family and friends, and even paid some bills online. Basically, it was an "as available" service. As long as no one else was using the computer or waiting for it, you were free to type away. As Rex suggested, I'd contact the hotel directly and see what type of access they offer.
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Apr 24th, 2003, 02:02 PM
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The first few times I traveled to Europe I advised friends of a special hotmail address so they would be able to reach me. Since then I've found that any email address can be reached by the web. It is easy to check with your server and see how you can get your regular email from any computer. No need to set up a special address or have friends and business change how they reach you by email.

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