What to Look for in a Hotel for Your Business Trip

The importance of wi-fi when you’re looking for a hotel for your business trip would seem obvious to many. Not all countries or even cities have easily accessible connectivity for business travellers, but it is fast becoming an essential for hotels who wish to attract a business clientele. Given the ease with which a poor service report can circulate on the internet these days, wi-fi services such as those supplied by My Port are expected to be reliable. A recent study of the top requirements for hotels booked for business trips found the following criteria were considered key, and many business travellers thought they ought to be offered at no charge.

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Free wi-fi

It’s not just the speed of the service that matters (although business travellers do consider this to be important), but its reliability. There are many horror stories floating around the world of international business travellers about wi-fi services cutting out abruptly, and severing a deal in the process. There are also nightmarish tales of sales reps racing around unknown cities, begging strangers for directions to the nearest hotspot or internet cafe. Not only does wi-fi keep business travellers in touch with their office, but it also allows them to stay in touch with their family. It’s not always easy being on the road and accommodations that appreciate this are likely to receive more business from grateful patrons.

Breakfast

Business travellers represent repeat business for hotels, so offering them a complimentary breakfast is good hotel business. Many large hotel chains already do this. For those smaller independent establishments who are wondering whether they can afford to offer such a competitive edge, it’s worth remembering that good reports travel quickly through respective industry networks.

Late Checkout / Early Check In

Most people travelling for business have to get a lot done while they’re in town; after all, they are there to work. Waiting around for their room until mid-afternoon doesn’t help them get the most out of every moment they’re on the ground, especially if they’ve travelled a long way and have meetings to attend or facilitate on the same day they arrive. For many business travellers, this is often the case as they fly in early to make the most of their first day in town. The same applies to their departure; if they can check out that little bit later, it can make a big difference to the way they structure their last day in town. Most business travellers will likely have booked a late afternoon or evening flight out. Not having to lug your bag around to the final few appointments before you leave can again, precipitate their gratitude.

The requirements for most business travellers appear fairly standard these days. This is because people travelling for work have more or less the same needs. They need to get in, get their work done, and leave – with as little disruption to their regular lives as possible. The more business-oriented hotels understand this need and cater to it, the more business travellers they will attract.

What do you look for in a hotel when you travel for business? Tell your story in the comments box below.

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Choosing the Best Accommodations on Business Trip

accommodations on business tripWhen you have to go out-of-town or even out-of-the-country for a business trip, you want to make the most out of your travel – after all, it’s a chance to go to places you haven’t been to without having to worry about all the expense. You can choose your accommodations depending on the duration of your business trip and, of course, your budget. If you are going to stay a little while longer after all the business matters are finished, you will have to consider that your remaining days in your destination might not be covered as part of your business expense. A little planning in advance can help you make the most of the time and money you have during your business trips. Consider these locations where you can book your accommodations:

Hotels – these are the most common type of accommodations for business travellers, especially if the event or business meeting they are attending is going to be held in the same hotel. These hotels are equipped with most modern amenities. The basic room would have a bed, a television unit, a phone, and a mini bar. The bigger hotel chains would also have in-room internet connection. The advantage of booking a room at a hotel is that everything you need is with reach. There would be one or a couple of restaurants right at the hotel, a boutique, a business center, and a recreational facility in most hotels. Butler service, transportation, and tour guides are also often provided for you.

Serviced Residences and Apartments – those who intend to stay for days or weeks at length can choose to rent serviced residences or apartments. These are complete residential units contained in a building. Your unit will have its own kitchen, laundry area, dining room, living room, and bedrooms. Serviced residences have maid service so you do not have to worry about cleaning up. You do, however, have to take care of cooking your own meals. This type of lodging could be less expensive than hotel accommodations. But, you are basically left to attend to your own needs.

Private Villas or Chalets – some businessmen who want to incorporate rest and recreation in their business trips can opt to rent private villas or chalets. These are stand-alone homes that you can rent for the duration of your stay. It’s like your home away from home. You can make arrangements for a local to stock up your fridge and pantry for you every day. In some cases, you can hire someone to come on certain days to cook your meals for you. The attraction of these types of residences is that there often is some kind of recreational activity that you can engage in during your stay. Examples of this would be villas near a lake where you can go boating, beachfront homes that allow you to go for a dip in the morning before you head out for your business meeting, and ski lodges that give you a magnificent view of the slopes.

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Out on a Business Trip, Out for Fun

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. When you go on a business trip, don’t forget to set aside time to hang up that suit and have some fun as you sample the nightlife in the best bars in London. People normally feel stressed and tired from the moment they start packing their documents and laptop for their business trip. While a business trip is intended for work purposes, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot take it as an opportunity to travel and it does not necessarily mean that the trip should be boring.

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There are plenty of bars in London that you can visit when you are done with your business meetings. If you have not been to London, you can check out the internet for information about the best bars that are near your hotel or meeting venue. Since you would most likely have just a couple of hours to spare, you do not want to have to travel far to get to these bars. It would also help if you are going with people who are familiar with the place. They can show you the best bars to go to.

To enjoy the bars in London, you want to look for places that play your kind of music, serve your kind of food and drinks, and have the kind of people you want to hang around with. The choices are not limited. There are various bars that are known for their specialties. There are even bars that showcase only a specific music genre. Of course, there are those bars that are great for dancing the night away. Choose depending on your personal preferences. But, remember you’re on a business trip so do not go overboard especially if you have another meeting in the morning or if you need to catch your flight back in the office. Also remember to stay safe and be mindful not to break any laws. You want to get home in one piece, with a bunch of memories of your fun business trip.

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