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StayOnline Takes Emily Wireless
Fast-Moving Company Combines Technology with
Tradition at the historic Emily Morgan Hotel
in San Antonio
Atlanta, GA – Sept. 15, 2004 – If only Colonel William B. Travis would have had wireless connectivity, perhaps his Texas fighters could have won the Battle of the Alamo.  Instead, he had to use horseback couriers to get the word out that the Alamo was in jeopardy, weakening the position of the Texans.  But now, another historically significant San Antonio building, The Emily Morgan Hotel -- adjacent to the Alamo historic site -- does have a wireless way to reach the world, thanks to StayOnline.  The nation’s leading installer of 100% wireless High Speed Internet solutions for the hospitality industry has just added a little more history to its portfolio with its very recent installation at the Emily Morgan Hotel.    

“We are so thrilled with our new Wi-Fi system from StayOnline.  They recently installed the system, during a quieter period for our hotel, and we had guests using it within hours of the final completion of the system.  We fully expect usage of the system to skyrocket once we get into the busier fall and spring season.  Our $9.95 per day charge is on par with many other hotels in the downtown San Antonio market, and the speed of the connection and convenience of StayOnline’s Wi-Fi makes our system really stand out from many of our competitors,” said William Brendel, The Emily Morgan’s General Manager.   

“This marks the 7th such historically significant property that we have installed,” said StayOnline President and CEO Antonio DiMilia.  “We feel it is a privilege to be entrusted with a national treasure such as The Emily Morgan. Wireless is certainly the way to go in a property such as this since it means no drilling for wires that could damage the building’s architectural integrity.” 

The Emily Morgan Hotel, or Emily, as those from San Antonio like to call her, has been cited as one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival Architecture in America.  Now, this historic property is able to take its modern-day guests online at lightning speeds.
“More and more guests are finding the need to stay connected wherever they go, and this system gives full high speed connectivity throughout the Emily Morgan.   I imagine the designers in 1926 never thought this building would someday be a luxury boutique hotel, but I am certain they couldn’t conceive of anything like wireless Internet existing at all, much less being available in this historic building,” said Mr. Brendel.

Nor did Col. Travis, although he did the best he could with his team of latter day couriers.
The Emily Morgan is located in downtown San Antonio, across the street from The Alamo, thirteen steps from The Riverwalk, and within walking distance from every major downtown attraction. 

About StayOnline
StayOnline’s wireless high-speed Internet solution is installed in 50,000 guest rooms in more than 350 hotels and resorts across North America in more than 30 hotel brands, as well as several unique boutique and historic properties. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, StayOnline provides secure wireless high-speed Internet access solutions for the hospitality industry.  The company operates the largest, 100% WLAN in hotels in North America.  StayOnline meets the highest quality standards and is Intel® Centrino™ verified.  For additional information on StayOnline, visit


Karin P. Koser

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