After sleeping in thousands of beds, eating in hundreds of restaurants, holding meetings in an array of spaces, and spending nights surfing the web, we’re definitely experts in what makes a great hotel for business travelers. So we’ve picked the top hotels for business travelers in America’s most important cities for the suit-and-tie set. Sealing the deal was never so easy as at these premier establishments.
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. Custom menus are designed for meetings by Geoffrey Zakarian, whose restaurant — The National — in located within the hotel, and a meeting consultant is on-site to assist with all planning.
The Willard is best known for its history -- a hotel has occupied the plot of land since 1816 -- but it's also a solid business pick, especially for those with liberal expense accounts. It's located in the heart of "old downtown," just blocks from the White House, the Mall, and two Metro stations. And as you'd expect from a hotel owned by InterContinental, the hotel caters largely to business travelers, with amenities like property-wide Wi-Fi, 20,000 feet of meeting space, and a business center with audiovisual equipment available for rent.
This 339-room Trump is one of the top luxury hotels in Chicago, located in a modern glass tower right on the Chicago river and within easy walking distance of the Magnificent Mile. The sleek, glossy decor is subdued and tasteful, and every amenity -- from the Michelin-rated restaurant, to the big indoor pool, to bright fitness center, to the spa -- is first-rate. The sleek on-site business center is open 24 hours. Members of the suit-and-tie set can have business cards and personalized stationary made for them, as well in-room fax machines and computers upon request. The hotel also boasts 20,000 square feet of event space, including a grand ballroom and skyline room.
Due to its location within the massive Hynes Convention Center, the Westin Copley Place is one of the city's most popular hotels for business travelers. The hotel is also within walking distance to the Copley Mall, Prudential Building, and Newbury Street. With 29 meeting rooms and over 54,000 square feet of event space, including two ballrooms, the hotel is equipped to host functions of any size.
This Starwood means business. With classy, spacious meeting rooms, a happening lobby bar, and a location in the heart of the Financial District, the Meridien caters primarily to individual and small-group corporate travelers. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, a lobby bar area conducive to schmoozing, a second business lounge right off the lobby, overnight shoe-shine service, a nice business center, Wi-Fi in rooms and all public areas, and plenty of classy, well-equipped meeting space. With a small lobby and no ballrooms, it's not a place for conventions, but it's ideal for individual business travelers or small groups.
This 569-room Beverly Hills hotel, the site of the Golden Globes, excels at affordable luxury. Two business centers and superbly fast Internet in the elegant rooms make it a top pick for business travelers. Its huge pool and name-brand fitness center ably compete with the leisure facilities at more expensive hotels, but its restaurant and bars don't.
This 314-room downtown Houston hotel is housed in a 1926 building that was the original corporate headquarters of Shell Oil Company. But it's not all about historic appeal here -- guests are greeted by the fantastic modern lobby, which features high ceilings, curved suede sofas, soft lighting, and a cool fireplace. Each room is outfitted with premium bedding, thick velvet drapes and flat-screen TVs. There's no spa, but guests can access the 24-hour fitness center or hit up Houston's only rooftop pool for some sun and relaxation.
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek feels like a Tuscan villa — the hotel is pink stucco, the roof is terra cotta, and beautiful fountains, tile mosaics, and trellis plants surround the pool. The property is lavish, with a grand lobby and large, upscale rooms with patios — but it's a bit farther from the restaurants and galleries in Uptown Dallas than the Rosewood Crescent. With over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor events space, the Rosewood Mansion is an excellent choice for business travelers.
This elegant, contemporary luxury hotel is an excellent choice for travelers with business in northern Belltown or South Lake Union. That said, its location is a bit of a schlep to sightseeing, shopping, and the coveted waterfront, so if pleasure is the reason for your visit, best to book one of the hotels closer to Pike Place Market. Ample meeting rooms with Space Needle views make for relaxing areas to seal the deal.
The 230-room Palomar near Rittenhouse Square Park is one of the city's chicest boutiques, with bold, sleek style, excellent service, and contemporary rooms with plush, comfortable beds. The Palomar delivers the Kimpton chain's typical thoughtful extras -- an open-arms pet policy, a hopping nightly wine hour, free morning coffee and tea -- and the location on South 17th street is near some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. Meeting spaces are well-equipped at this Kimpton boutique, which includes a ballroom with sweeping views of the Philadelphia skyline from the 25th floor.