The quiet Gramercy and Murray Hill neighborhoods are convenient to the midtown business district. Not every hotel is equipped to handle the needs of 21st-century business travelers, and the hotels on this list have fast and reliable in-room wireless Internet connections,comfortable and well-equipped business centers, and a professional staffs used to handling business-oriented requests.
The Gramercy Park Hotel's business center has 24-hour, multilingual secretarial staffing and enough equipment to support a modest business titan in a pinch, including video-conferencing, AV equipment, and conference facilities for up to 50 people. In-room Wi-Fi is available for $15 per day.
With soundproof windows and a quiet Murray Hill location, the Kitano is an excellent choice for business travelers who need a sound night's sleep. It's convenient to both Midtown East offices and the Financial District, and even offers a free shuttle to Wall Street every morning. The business center has a PC, printer, and copy machine, and can be rented out for $8 per 15 minutes. Laptop rentals are also available. Meeting rooms on the 18th floor are available for corporate events. Guests can ask the concierge for services ranging from booking airline tickets to contacting a notary public, and the front desk will fax or copy documents on request.
Offering Wi-Fi throughout the hotel -- and an in-room hard-wired connection just in case -- the quiet, small-scale Giraffe is a comfortable alternative to the Midtown towers. It's located near both the Flatiron building and midtown's corporate offices. Business-traveler amenities include an oversize personal safe for laptops, complimentary access to a printer and laptop, and a suit-pressing service. No business center, but the 1,300-square-foot Penthouse Piano Suite can be used as a meeting space.