Perhaps I'm naive, but it does seem amazing to me that when travelling these days it's perfectly practical to video conference the kids from my hotel room in high quality audio and decent video.
To me, the quality of the internet connection in my room is probably the most critical factor in choosing a hotel.
Skype seems to be working pretty well these days, except for some stability issues. Even waved at the cat.
I'd prefer to use iChat more but so often I have trouble getting the connection no doubt due to double NAT.
Interesting that the internet connection here includes separate pricing for routable or non-routable IP addresses. This time I went for the cheaper non-routable IP for US$12 per day.