Travelling for Work? Here Are 7 Things to Look For in a Business Hotel
There’s travelling for pleasure, and then there’s travelling for business. While they share certain qualities, there are a few differences to consider when trying to find a hotel for work travel.
For example, things like comfort, location and price will always be factors in choosing the best accommodations. But when you’re travelling for work, there are other things to consider, including business necessities like a desk and high-speed WiFi.
So, what exactly should you be looking for in a business hotel when travelling for your job?
1. Location and proximity
The last thing you want when you’re travelling for work is to stress about getting lost in a new city — especially when you have morning meetings, scheduled conferences or need to find a coworking space. So, one of the most important things to consider when you’re booking a corporate hotel is where your accommodations are in relation to wherever you need to go each day.
You also want to consider your needs outside of work. For example, places to eat, shop for necessities and so on.
Your best bet is to choose a business hotel that’s centrally located and close to where you’ll be working throughout the week. This will allow you to keep any public transportation time short or easily walk to where you need to go. It’ll also allow you to explore the local attractions during your downtime.
2. A business centre and conference rooms
Even if you’ve never used a hotel’s business centre or conference rooms, you shouldn’t underestimate how valuable these spaces can be. You never know if your computer will crash unexpectedly or if you’ll need to print documents because your colleagues need hard copies.
What’s more, you may need a versatile meeting space where you and your colleagues can get together and come up with new ideas or work on projects after hours. You may also need a place to practise presentations with AV equipment such as screens and projectors.
Having a business centre or conference room in your hotel gives you the advantage of flexibility, even if you only need a bigger workspace. Just be sure to check whether you can use these rooms freely or if you need to reserve them in advance.
3. Free high-speed internet
Virtually all business hotels today provide free Wi-Fi. However, some hotels will only offer a lower-speed internet connection as a complementary service, and charge for access to high-speed services.
So, check the hotel’s Wi-Fi policy and book your accommodations with an establishment that offers high-speed internet with your room. If you’re a loyalty member of a particular hotel chain, you can often use your status or benefits to get an upgrade while avoiding the upcharge or any other internet-related fees.
4. A reliable concierge service
No matter how great or small the request, a good concierge will be at your service.
They can advise you on the best places to take clients out for a meal or entertainment, how to get around via public transportation, where to get a last-minute dinner outfit, and much more.
Concierge services are especially invaluable when you don’t know the area well or have a slight emergency. Keep it in mind as you choose your hotel.
5. A phone in the room
While it may sound silly, sometimes having a landline in your hotel room can be invaluable. Many hotels worldwide have cut out phones as amenities simply because people don’t use them. But when you’re travelling for business, it’s always nice to have a phone available.
Long travel days and running around meeting clients can leave your mobile low on charge, so it’s always nice to have a landline to call the front desk or keep in touch with coworkers.
Plus, if you’ve spent hours on the road or are travelling through different time zones, it’s good to know that you can arrange a wake-up call to make sure you get to your meetings on time.
6. Plenty of hotel amenities
Whether or not you have a busy business trip planned, it’s nice to stay in a hotel that can meet all your needs.
Additional facilities like on-site restaurants, a 24-hour fitness centre, guest laundry services, dry cleaning services and more can really help you feel more comfortable during your stay. This is especially true for longer business trips.
It’s also good to have a place where you can go and unwind outside your room after a long day — without leaving your hotel. This could include a lounge area, tennis courts, pool, spa or hotel bar.
Don’t forget to enquire about your room service options too. After all, you may not have the time to stop what you’re doing for a sit-down meal, and takeaway may not be available when you’re hungry.
7. A shuttle service
Even if you can walk everywhere from your hotel, it’s still a good idea to look for a hotel that offers shuttle services.
Getting to and from the airport can be a huge hassle depending on how much luggage you have and when your flight arrives or departs. And some hotels offer transportation to other local establishments and attractions, usually within a five to ten-mile radius.
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If you don’t know what to look for in a business hotel, you might miss out on valuable amenities. The last thing you want is to end up in a hotel that isn’t business-friendly.
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Erin Sayer is the Senior Growth Marketing Manager at Hotel Engine. She spends her days keeping a pulse on growth trends, and finding and activating new and unique ways to grow businesses. When she’s not doing ‘all the growth things’, Erin loves spending time on the water or up in the mountains with her 2 favorite Australian Shepherds. She’s is also a self-proclaimed book nerd and true crime junkie.