A central location, good lighting, high-class facilities, fast wi-fi and efficient service – these are just some of the essentials that corporate travellers look for when locking in their accommodation for a business trip.
While travelling for work can be tedious and exhausting – with the lengthy meetings, working lunches, long-haul flights, train trips and car rides to visit clients – where you stay can dramatically improve the experience.
We’ve curated a selection of the best business-friendly hotels around the world – each with their own character and thoughtful design that will hopefully inspire creativity on your next business jaunt.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Whether you land on the rooftop helipad or roll up in one of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce Phantoms, every arrival at The Peninsula Hong Kong oozes opulence. Known as the legendary ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’, this stunning hotel marries old and new; East and West; Asian heritage and cutting-edge technology.
If you find yourself with an hour to spare, be sure to visit the Peninsula Spa – which received a 5-star rating in the Forbes Travel Guide 2019 – or explore the many antiques and historical artefacts on display throughout the hotel.
The Peninsula Hotels group has accommodation offerings in 10 locations around the world. Each one provides a selection of tasteful, classically modern venues to suit any occasion – from elegant corporate dinners to private client meetings.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Located on the prestigious avenue of couture, just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, is Hôtel Plaza Athénée.
Embodying the luxe spirit of Haute couture, this 5-star boutique hotel is a must for anyone in the business of fashion.
There are six different function venues to choose from – individually catering for discreet meetings, fashion fittings, grand social occasions and everything in between.
Occupying the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo is an exclusive urban sanctuary high above the vibrant whirlwind of the Japanese capital.
Set in the Ōtemachi district, this luxury hotel is just a short distance from Tokyo Station and the thriving Nihonbashi business district – and was awarded 4 stars in the Forbes Travel Guide 2019.
Its onsite boardroom is expansive for a group meeting, or you might like to host clients in one of the five private dining rooms while enjoying a decadent banquet of signature Asian cuisine.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Opened in 1902, this 5-star, Edwardian-style hotel located at the heart of the English capital is a perfect launching pad for business travellers.
With unspoiled views of sprawling Hyde Park, impeccable 24/7 service and world-class catering, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of London’s premier business venues – complete with a freshly renovated classic Victorian façade.
Choose from a range of meeting packages, led by your own personal function host or dedicated event manager who’ll help you create the perfect conference or networking event.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Rated 4-stars in the Forbes Travel Guide 2019, it has more than 28,000 square feet of space dedicated to meetings and events. The standout room is the 15,000-square-foot Samaya Ballroom which is fitted with more than 1,000 antique mirrors and has 10,000 crystals embedded in its ceiling. It doesn’t get more elegant than that.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Nestled below the Harbour Bridge and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House sits Park Hyatt Sydney.
With its five sophisticated meeting rooms, innovative cuisine and the famous Park Hyatt service, its event packages are ideal for intimate gatherings, corporate meetings and social events alike.
The coveted location is a just stone’s throw from the bustling Sydney city, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Royal Botanical Gardens – allowing you to truly live and work like a local during your stay.
It was awarded four stars in the Forbes Travel Guide 2019.
Four Seasons New York
Ideally located on East 57th Street, Four Seasons New York is the ultimate location for doing business in Midtown Manhattan.
Its Terrace Boardroom Suites are ideal for corporate and social occasions, while The Garden restaurant is like an enchanted forest, ideal for elegant business cocktails and networking. The 5-star hotel’s event space FIFTY7 provides a stately yet intimate setting with lofty 21-foot ceilings.
Make your trip to New York even more lavish by staying in the Four Seasons Ty Warner Penthouse, which offers the ultimate residential living experience with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Big Apple.
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