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If you’re a business traveler, you probably have higher standards when it comes to where you stay, simply because you’re on the road, or in the air, so much. You know what’s out there, and you know what you need – things like fast connectivity, and the basics, such as soap, shampoo and conditioner, a hairdryer. Of course, the front desk should also have a stock of emergency replacement items, in case you forget essential business packing items like toothpaste, deodorant or a razor.
While good, thick blinds are a must to ensure a better night’s sleep. After all, most business travelers don’t have a lot of hours left to sleep in between meetings and other responsibilities. Fortunately, some hotels know what the business traveler wants, offering all of the necessities and then some.
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A top-rated hotel in Hong Kong, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is conveniently connected to the neighborhood’s main business and shopping centers via an air-conditioned walkway and is just a mile to the Hong Kong convention center. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that highlight harbor and skyline views, as well as king-size beds, walk-in wardrobes and spacious living and dining rooms. When you want to relax, treat yourself to a day at the spa, which features a Chinese herbal steam room, tea lounge, private vitality pools and sauna. There’s also a twin-lane swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness center and beauty salon.
From this Nob Hill landmark, you can walk to Chinatown, Union Square, and Nob Hill, of course, while enjoying your stay in this gorgeous white neoclassical property with Ionic columns. Business travelers will appreciate the expert event planning services and more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as venues equipped with updated Internet and cellphone service to ensure seamless events. Take advantage of the boardrooms, meeting rooms, pre-function space, ballroom and an outdoor courtyard, then unwind at the luxe on-site spa that offers Mediterranean-influenced treatments. Enjoy farm-to-table dining at Parallel 37 or Afternoon Tea and live music at The Lounge, then treat yourself to wine flights at The JCB Tasting Lounge
Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a premier luxury hotel just steps away from Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It boasts extra spacious suites that include executive desks, fireplaces, and in upgraded rooms, separate living and dining rooms and terraces with city views. It also features ballrooms and meeting rooms with silk-covered walls, hand-blown chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows with custom drapes. Events also include a personal meeting concierge, WiFi, a two-mile shuttle, and package handling. After all of those meetings, business travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary transport within two miles, an award-winning spa, lap pool, and pilates studio.
One of the best business hotels in Denver, The Crawford Hotel is located right above the Denver Union Station. It offers courtesy Tesla transportation, direct airport train access, and free craft beer from the Terminal Bar. The elegant rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi and modern amenities. There’s a 24-hour business center onsite, as well as a fitness center, in-room Nespresso makers, and access to e-bikes. The rooms and suites upstairs retain elements of the past, such as exposed timber and brick, and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, mounted HDTVs and luxury bath products.
The Palace Hotel is set in the heart of the city, overlooking the Imperial Palace moat with its surrounding lush, green grounds. This elegant hotel that dates back nearly a half-century and features splashes of modern art and understated design that give it the atmosphere of a regal residence. Spacious, contemporary rooms feature an airy palette of colors, complementing walls of glass around the bathroom. The luxe linens are especially sumptuous, and most rooms also include a large balcony. By choosing a south-facing room you’ll get the very best rooms, overlooking the green palace rooftop and Imperial gardens with the futuristic skyscrapers and Tokyo Tower beyond. Its location makes it a highly sought-after destination for hosting large exhibitions, multi-day international conferences and intimate gatherings and offers business travelers eight multi-purpose function rooms, two dedicated meeting rooms and formal boardroom.
One of the only true luxury hotels in Orlando, everything is top notch here, from very gracious staff to the beautiful 18-hole, 72-par Rees Jones-designed golf course which serves as one of the hotel’s main draws. While there are no traces of Mickey, Minnie or Donald here, it is a good option for those seeking a perfect spot for business gatherings on the greens. After taking care of business, guests can indulge in treatments at the spa or unwind in a private cabana alongside the pool. With complimentary transit to the Disney theme parks, it’s also a great option for those who want to combine business with pleasure and bring the family along for the trip.
The Langham Place Fifth Avenue boasts oversized rooms with luxury amenities, many with views of the iconic Manhattan skyline that is framed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A dazzling backdrop of Fifth Avenue sets their 7,500 square feet of flexible event space apart from other hotels. Afterward, visit the Michelin star restaurant Ai Fiori, which blends French and Italian Riviera cuisine, or browse the extensive cocktail and wine list at Bar Fiori. A haven of tranquility, you won’t want to miss unwinding at the signature spa, Chuan Spa Health + Wellness.
The only business district hotel on Houston’s light rail line, Hotel Icon is downtown’s most glamourous hotel combining outstanding service and contemporary finishes with historic architecture. Rooms include large flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs, oversized safes for laptops, free Wi-Fi and a work desk with lighting. The former Union National Bank building also houses the award-winning LINE & LARIAT Restaurant and Lounge, which offers breakfast, lunch, light afternoon fare and dinner daily in the lounge and dining room. The spa specializes in skincare and provides anti-aging services, oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peel and LED treatments.
Pan Pacific is a luxurious waterfront hotel that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with some of Vancouver’s best views over the bay and beyond to the North Shore Mountains. Rooms are spacious, modern and offer city skyline, water or mountain views along with ultra-comfortable beds, a marble bath with a rain steam shower and Jacuzzi tub, ideal for de-stressing after a long day of meetings. You can also enjoy getting re-energized in the outdoor saltwater pool while taking in panoramic views of Stanley Park and Coal Harbour, or indulging in the Roman bath-themed Spa Utopia and Salon. The Pan Pacific also offers a convenient location just steps away from the convention center, Vancouver World Trade Center and Stanley Park, and it has more than 42,000 square feet of luxurious conference and event space.
The Grand Hyatt is ideal for those who like to keep fit, with an open-air rooftop fitness facility that includes a running track, tennis court, fitness stations and shuffleboard. It also features an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour fully-equipped gym, making it almost easy to squeeze in a convenient workout in between all of those other responsibilities. If you’re looking for meeting space, you’ll find over 52,000-square feet of functional space, including the especially elegant 38th-floor Pinnacle Club, complete with views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains. On top of all of that, you’ll be close to the Colorado Convention Center, Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall.
The JW Marriott Hotel offers home-style comfort in central Sukhumvit, ideal for the weary business traveler. Set between the Nana and Ploenchit stations, it’s easily accessible via the BTS Skytrain which runs right through the bustling neighborhood. Rooms are lavish with marble bathrooms that include soaking tubs and a separate walk-in rainfall shower, and by reserving one of the large executive rooms, you’ll not only get complimentary Wi-Fi, but you’ll have access to the 16th floor Executive Lounge which offers complimentary afternoon high-tea, as well as evening cocktails and canapes. Get pampered at JW’s Health Club and Spa, then when hunger pangs hit visit the New York Steakhouse or hang out in one of the cozy cafés. You can also enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool or soaking your cares away in the hot tub.
The Park Hyatt is just steps from luxury shops, award-winning restaurants, art galleries, Queens Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. If you want to go anywhere within a 3-mile radius, you can take advantage of the hotel’s house car. The property offers everything you’d expect from a top luxury hotel in Toronto, including a fine dining restaurant and a rooftop lounge with magnificent skyline views, a fabulous spa and exceptional service. Spacious rooms include Wi-Fi, an in-room entertainment system and other modern amenities.
*Park Hyatt Toronto is undergoing a renovation, expected to re-open early 2021.
The Ritz-Carlton offers just about all you can ask for in an imposing architectural presence, exceptional attention to detail and proximity to Marina Bay. Rooms are especially convenient for business travelers with complimentary wireless Internet as well as a large desk with built-in power outlets and adapter sockets, and black-out blinds that help fight the miseries of jetlag. Stay in a Club Suite and you can make use of personalized stationery and cards, the library for meetings of up to 10 people and limousine service. The club lounge also features personalized check-in and check-out, culinary treats throughout the day, a Club Lounge Concierge that assists in your travel experience, 24-hour complimentary coffee or tea and complimentary garment pressing. When you want to get out and about the nearest train station, Promenade MRT is just a five-minute walk away.
The five-star InterContinental draws everyone from business executives to Hollywood stars, best-selling authors, athletes and diplomats as well as couples who want to enjoy a romantic destination overlooking the finest harbor in the world. The opulent, comfortable rooms offer harbor and city views as well as work desks with electrical outlets, adapters and converters. Stay active by heading to the fitness club any time of the day or night with 24-hour access and personal trainers, as well as a spa. An indoor heated pool can be found on the 31st floor, while an award-winning Club InterContinental offers the height of sophistication on level 32. It is Sydney’s only hotel rooftop with panoramic views and the World’s Leading Executive Lounge, where travelers are spoiled with exclusive privileges including twilight cocktails and canapés, gourmet breakfast, and front-row seats to Sydney’s iconic harbor.
Located on exclusive rue Saint-Honoré, one of the city’s most prestigious shopping streets, flanked by designer boutiques like Emporio Armani, Hermes and Dior, you’ll also be within easy walking distance to places like the Louvre, Place Vendome, Tuileries gardens and the banks of the Seine when staying at Mandarin Oriental, Paris. Unwind at the lavish spa, which features treatment suites with private facilities and vitality pools, a lap pool and oriental herbal steam room. Similar to the buildings Art Deco foundation, rooms are richly elegant with modern, luxurious amenities, some with living rooms and balconies or terraces. You’ll be less than five miles from major meeting venues while enjoying an especially comfortable retreat to return to at the end of a long day.