You also reminded me of my pre-cell and pre-wireless internet road warrior days.
Used to carry a “phone card” on which 2000 minutes cost something like $10. Went through astonishing contortions to make a phone call on the hotel phone without incurring their charges, and even worse trying to connect to the web without doing so. Sometimes took me half an hour to connect and download my email in 5 minutes.
I guest I’m just really cheap.
I was also always amazed that the more expensive the hotel room charge the higher their other charges were. Seems like a place that charges $200/night could afford to comp local calls, but no. OTOH, Motel 6 and similar places often didn’t charge for local calls.
Business travelers stay at expensive hotels. Business travelers are not as cost conscious. Pleasure travelers stay at cheap hotels. They are very cost conscious.