Business travel accounts for over 30 percent of the trips taken within the UK, and the expectations of business travellers for lodging establishments steadily keep pace with those ever-rising numbers. The best business-friendly hotels offer ultra-comfortable sleeping quarters, reliable Internet access, and separated living and working space at a minimum. These hotels are often part of popular chains whose brands are known internationally for consistent quality. Here are four of the leading business-friendly hotels and an explanation of what makes them great places to live and work while on travel.
The Four Seasons
When business professionals travel abroad to places like Chicago or Hong Kong, the Four Seasons always tops the list of favourite places to stay because of its superior amenities and excellent service. The hotels belonging to this up-scale chain contain comfortable beds adorned with luxury linens, complimentary wireless Internet, and spacious suites that separate sleeping, dining, and work spaces. Business travellers who do not want to miss fitness routines also feel right at home at the Four Seasons. The chain equips most of their hotels with an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre, sauna, lounge, and professionally staffed spa.
The Four Seasons goes out of its way to make business travellers feel at home; for example, the hotel offers swimsuits designed for one-time use for travellers who forget to pack their swimsuit. After an intense workout, guests treat themselves to complimentary fresh fruit, bottled water, and other beverages in the fitness centre lounge. Before stepping out to a company meeting, guests at the Four Seasons get a complimentary shoe shine to start the day on the right foot. Some business guests, who take advantage of the hotels’ fully equipped conference rooms and other business centre facilities, may not even have to leave the opulent hotel for work purposes.
Hilton hotels, like the ones in Houston and Buenos Aires, feature comfortable suites and full-service business centre amenities. These hotels feature a variety of room configurations that range in square footage from one bedroom rooms with desk space to very large suites with living room areas. Each hotel has at least one swimming pool and a fully equipped gym.
Their business centre has everything that a business traveller needs to remain productive including video conferencing equipped meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment rental, printing, and fax capabilities. The Hilton also provides excellent customer service to its international guests by employing a multi-lingual staff.
Ritz Carlton hotels are designed for business travellers who admire lodgings with old-world luxury furnishings mixed with modern technology. For example, the Ritz Carlton Madrid features large rooms and suites with antique furniture enhanced by intricately detailed embroidered linens. Most suites contain splendid sitting rooms overlooking elegant gardens, and at least one suite configuration has over 1,700 square feet of living space. Guests at Ritz Carlton have wireless Internet service, fax machine access, and complimentary newspapers.
Westin hotels and resorts is another upscale chain that provides a five-star business travel experience. Their mission is simply to have guests feel better when they leave than before their arrival. They fulfil the mission by providing amenities associated with holistic health and wellness. From its signature bedding to its nutritionally dense meal options, Westin ensures guests leave equipped to do their absolute best on business projects.
Business travellers staying at The Westin in Sydney, for example, relax in generously sized suites with magnificent city views and sunken tubs in their spa-like bathrooms. The sumptuous dining options often include super healthy fare like wild caught salmon entrées and fresh fruit laden desserts. Just in case one forgets they are not really on vacation, the Westin offers a modern, 24-hour business centre that includes computer workstations along with self-serve printing, scanning, and copying facilities.
Many hotel chains provide competition in this special niche category of the tourism industry. The hotel chains described above offer guests consistent quality and service that sets a benchmark for other hotels desiring market entry.