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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Hotel Panoramic: ADSL hors de prix

(8 October 2008)
Last night we stayed at the Hotel Panoramic in Sancerre, which is now owned by Guy Saget. The hotel has been renovated and is better than it was under the previous ownership. It does have sensational views over the vineyards, especially towards Amigny, Chavignol and Verdigny.

However, it does also charge an equally sensational and eye-watering price for WiFi internet access. One hour of access is €5 (the equivalent of €120 for 24 hours) and 2 hours of access is €8 (the equivalent of €96 for 24 hours). There is no rate for 24 hours. You can log on and log off but this is a pain in the neck, especially in these days where continuous internet access is increasingly the norm. Internet access is free at some other accommodation nearby, such as Les Logis du Grillon in Sancerre, La Côte des Monst Damnés in Chavignol and at La Chancelière in St Satur.

To be fair in addition to the two hours I bought I was given an additional hour’s free access but it is crazy that had I been logged on for 24 hours at the two hour rate my WiFi bill would have been €96 – €1 more than our room.

Price comparison:
€96 for the equivalent of 24 hours web access (Hotel Panoramic)
€95 for our room in the Hotel Panoramic
€89.73 for three months unlimited access through Orange up to 8 megabytes
€97.20 for nine bottles of Domaine de la Perrière 2007 – owned by Guy Saget and on sale at the Panoramic.

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