Business travel has increased over the years, with hotels constantly evolving to appeal to the market. Free Wi-Fi is a good start, but hotels need to offer more if they want to compete. Here are a few hotels that are doing things to attract corporate travellers.
Many business travellers wouldn’t get through the day without their assistants, so why not reward them through the ResPlus Program from AccorHotels? When assistants book travel on behalf of their company at Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel, and some Sofitel and Pullman properties, they earn points for personal use that can be redeemed for free nights, gift cards and other rewards. —Barry Choi
Located in the city’s Uptown Park, this elaborate, Italian villa-style hotel is said to have been inspired by the palazzo (palace) of a 16th-century grand duke from northern Italy. The 122-room property is ultra luxurious, with residential-style rooms that are welcoming and spacious—even the smallest rooms have a kitchenette. The hotel’s warm service extends from reception to Ristorante Cavour, one of Houston’s best-loved Italian restaurants. Every detail on this property, from the Renaissance sculptures to the Acqua di Parma toiletries, exudes Italian style. Four executive boardrooms are perfect for meetings, and a complimentary Maserati house car will take you anywhere you need to go within a three-mile radius. —Amber Gibson
Vancouver, British Columbia
Who says business travel has to be boring and beige? At Vancouver’s OPUS Hotel, it’s anything but. Each guest room in this chic Yaletown boutique hotel has a distinct personality expressed in vivid hues and stylishly contemporary furniture. All that style comes with substance, too—think high-tech gadgets, an award-winning restaurant, a 24-hour fitness centre, mountain bikes and a business bundle with options such as free use of the hotel boardroom. Plus, not only does OPUS boast an unbeatable location just steps from False Creek, public transit’s Canada Line and Vancouver’s best restaurants, it also offers complimentary downtown drop-off service in a luxury sedan, so guests always arrive at meetings in style. —Joanne Sasvari
Check in under the arched brick ceiling of the lobby that was once the horse stables of this historic former brewery. Business or leisure, The Montcalm shines thanks to its central location in the heart of London’s finance district, its award-winning business facilities—including four conference rooms and five private event spaces—and its on-site, game-focused gastropub, the Jugged Hare. After work, explore the elaborate maze of hallways that boast period features at every turn and enjoy luxurious guest-room touches like a pillow menu, customized room aromas such as lavender and marine fresh, and a dedicated butler service on request. —Diane Bolt
New York City, New York
Free Wi-Fi is nothing new, but it’s usually reserved for paying guests. Many hotels in New York City are now offering free Wi-Fi in their lobbies, so business travellers no longer need to fight the crowds in loud coffee shops. Instead, they can charge their phone and set up their laptop in spaces such as the two-level library in the NoMad hotel where you can relax and get your work done. —Barry Choi
Staying fit while travelling is difficult, especially when your workout clothes take up valuable luggage space. To help you stick to your exercise routine, many Westin hotels will rent you gear, including laundered New Balance shoes and clothing, during your entire stay for just US$5. Westin also partnered with TRX and Peloton to provide guests with some of the best fitness equipment on the market. —Barry Choi
Stay at Colorado’s Haunted Stanley Hotel
Walking through the historic Stanley Hotel, it’s easy to understand how it inspired popular horror writer Stephen King to pen his 1977 masterpiece, The Shining. This 1909 Colonial Revival building in Estes Park, Colo., is considered one of the world’s most-haunted hotels.