We might be coming out of the recession, but try telling that to the stringent company accountants. Once upon a time you could have picked one of the best hotels in the world and they would have signed off your expenses cheque. Nowadays, you’ll struggle to fit into the budget chain without questions being asked.
Therefore, it’s worth distinguishing just what makes a decent business hotel. Clearly, you don’t want kids spilling ice-cream around the place while you try and entertain that lucrative new client, but we’re talking more about the direct features. While you could, albeit with a few stern looks from that infamous accountant, write a whole book about what you need from the typical business hotel, we’ve narrowed it down to five factors.
A hotel without Wi-Fi is like a room without bed sheets these days – it just doesn’t happen. Therefore, if your company accountant has tried to put you up in an establishment without this “luxury”, it’s time to argue your case like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, any business hotel worth its salt will offer free Wi-Fi throughout all rooms these days and if they don’t, it might also be time to be looking for an alternative.
For some people, the swanky hotel restaurant will suffice for client entertainment purposes. However, there are occasions where you need a specialist conference room to strut your stuff, whether it’s a presentation or just an important meeting with your firm’s top client.
This article hasn’t been put together to show you how to woo a client. Nevertheless, it goes without saying that you can’t settle for second best with these facilities and your hotel of choice does need to have a room that’s furnished and kitted out adequately. In other words, it can’t be a makeshift space.
You’ve just been trying to thrash out a deal all day, and all you want to do is tuck into your complimentary three course meal at the hotel restaurant. Unfortunately, that meeting has overstretched by a few hours and when you arrive, the whole place is shut up for the night.
It’s the business traveller’s worst nightmare, yet you’d be surprised at just how many hotels that claim to cater for the business community just don’t operate flexible restaurant serving hours. Some of them even shut off room service at silly o’clock and after the strenuous day that you’ve just had, this isn’t acceptable.
Again, we’ll look at that “tiring day” example. While it might be difficult to explain to the over exuberant accountant, hitting the spa after striking a day-long deal is the exact recipe for relaxation for most travellers. It’s not quite as standard as Wi-Fi, but most hotels that are tailored for business do have at least some spa or health facilities. Is it going to benefit your trip substantially? Probably not, but it will make it a lot more luxurious and again aid with those challenging days.
For example, you’ve just travelled several hundred miles down to Suffolk in a bid to convince that client that you’ve been chasing for the past few months that your company is the one for them. It’s certainly not an easy task and by the end of the day, you need to be pampered. It’s for this reason that establishments such as Ufford Hotel are so high in demand – it’s all about going the extra mile for the needy (and yes, business travellers can be defined as this) high-end guest.
Staff That Wait On You Hand and Foot
Just because you’re away on business, you shouldn’t expect hotel staff to be treated like slaves. However, there’s no doubt that a much larger degree of efficiency is required and if you request your wake-up call at a certain time, you need to be of the sound knowledge that you are going to be called bang when the clock strikes the specified hour.
It might sound bizarre, but it’s little things like this that can make or break a hotel’s reputation in the business community. If you can at least rely on the people that you are going to be surrounded by for the next few days, there’s every chance that the whole trip is going to be a lot easier to survive.
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.