Not every hotel is equipped to handle the needs of 21st-century business travelers. Fast and reliable in-room wireless Internet connection is only a baseline requirement these days. To make our list of the best New York City business hotels, a property needed to offer a comfortable and well-equipped business center, a professional staff used to handling business-oriented requests, and a quiet location convenient to the Wall Street or the midtown business district.
A stylish lobby, big, beautiful rooms with Frette sheets and 37-inch flat-screens, and gourmet to-go fare at Jeffrey Chodorow's Food Parc make this 292-room Kimpton the best hotel in a developing pocket of northern Chelsea. It offers easy access to the tourist sites, and FoodParc, BeerParc, and Bar Basque are all local hot spots. Business travelers might appreciate the 20,000 square feet of event space, and services (room service, business center, and fitness center) available around-the-clock.
Located within walking distance of both Wall Street and New York City's state and federal courthouses, the Millenium Hilton offers a spacious, 24-hour business center outfitted with a fax machine, copier, printers, and a row of computers stations. (Computers are $.69 a minute or $1.99 a minute if hooked up to a printer.) The hotel has its own conference-services and audio-visual staff, and is fully equipped to handle the needs of litigation "war rooms," where lawyers prep for court 24 hours a day. Wi-Fi is available in guest rooms for $14.95 a day and in the lobby for $5.95 an hour. There are also five meeting rooms on the fourth floor, ranging from 240 to 937 square feet. And for letting off some steam after a long day, there's also a well-equipped fitness center, a sauna, and a 40-foot pool.
Quiet, ideally located (near Times Square and a short walk to 16 subway lines), and expertly staffed by multilingual professionals (Russian and Arabic are among the languages spoken by concierges), the Sofitel is a great all-around business choice. The free business center is open 24 hours a day and consists of three PCs and a printer. Reliable Wi-Fi, meanwhile, is $7.99 per day; a wired connection (through a red ethernet cord provided in the desk drawer in every room) is $9.95 per day.
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.
The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park is one of the most popular hotels in the city for business conferences and corporate events, thanks to its six large meeting rooms, state-of-the-art boardroom, and solid business center with a fax machine, color copier, and high-speed Internet connection. The hotel even has a special "Conference Concierge," as well as an in-house audio-visual department to help ensure that presentations go smoothly. And the Financial District location is quiet and convenient.
The proximity to the United Nations, plus extremely tight security, make the Wyndham Midtown 45 Hotel a favorite for diplomats. Not only is there a guard on-duty 24/7 in the lobby by the elevators, but there are only two entrances/exits to the hotel and both are monitored by a surveillance camera. Once inside, business travelers enjoy Wi-Fi for free in the lobby and for $15 a day in their rooms. An Internet connection and printer are available in the business center, and a stylish meeting room above Riingo restaurant accommodates 30 people. Kitchen-equipped suites with Poggen Pohl appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerators make the hotel ideal for extended-stay business guests.
The Benjamin is marketed primarily to business travelers, with a central location, tasteful luxury, and richly comfortable rooms. All rooms have kitchenettes, the fitness center is solid, and there's a bar that's popular with a post-work business crowd. The sleep theme is a hightlight, and will help ensure business travelers get a good night's sleep; its features include a sleep concierge, pillow menu, and available amenities such as white noise machines, satin sleep masks, "sleep snacks," and and a dream dictionary.
The free fitness center with sauna-style showers; excellent beds with Frette linens; secretarial services, a courier, and a notary public; and same-day laundry, or rush two-hour laundry; help make this a solid pick for business travelers. The popular rooftop bar is a great spot for after-work drinks.
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.
Located right next to Grand Central, the Grand Hyatt draws plenty of business travelers. The 24-hour business center is armed to handle the high volume of worker bees staying at the hotel, with several PCs, printers, and fax machines, and a helpful staff member on hand for anything else. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building for $9.99 per day. The hotel is also fully equipped for large conferences, with 55,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate as many as 2,500 people.
Located around the corner from Wall Street, this stylish boutique has an old boys' club vibe. A small business center on the fourth floor has PCs and a printer, and there are a couple of small meeting rooms in the same space on other floors. Faxing is available from the front desk, and fast in-room wireless Internet is $10 a day (hard-wired Internet is also available).
Enormous, 700 square foot suites make this 192-room boutique a favorite among extended-stay business travelers -- especially diplomats and politicians, thanks to the hotel's proximity to the U.N. The Secret Service has been known to bunk here, and a senator (the staff wouldn't name names) was in-house during our reporter's visit. And travelers of every political and national affiliation can get behind the cheap Wi-Fi -- it's free in public spaces and only $7.95 a day in-room.
The Holiday Inn is a great budget pick, with free Wi-Fi and a business center with free copying, printing, and faxing -- services that most hotels charge for. Although the business center is basic -- it has only two PCs and a copy/fax machine -- the equipment is brand new.