What I Look For In A Business Hotel

Posted on March 26, 2014

I went to New York this week (for the third time in just a few weeks) and stayed at the Dream Downtown .

The Dream Downtown would definitely be classified as a cool trendy hotel in the meatpacking district. The hotel was interesting and my room looked like a spaceship but staying in trendy hotels really helps me appreciate a good ole hotel for business travelers (Hampton Inn, Marriott, etc). I still haven’t found the perfect hotel for New York City but as a young entrepreneur, here are the things that I look for in a hotel for business travel:

  1. Outlets that are easy to access. I want to be able to easily charge my electronics whenever possible. There are times I only have five minutes in the room before a meeting and I want every second I can out of those outlets. If the outlets by the desk are on the floor or behind the desk – they are hard to reach. I also like to sleep next to my phone while it’s charging and sometimes I’ll watch Netflix before bed. I like to be able to have my computer and my phone on the nightstand next to me – PLUGGED IN so they charge while I sleep. Note: I don’t want to have to unplug the hotel room alarm clock to charge my phone.
  2. Water. Call me cheap but I want a complimentary bottle of water (maybe even two) in the room. I don’t like getting thirsty at random times and having to go on an expedition to find H2O.
  3. Fitness center. If you are going on the road for more than a two day trip you want to be able to get into some sort of routine if at all possible. I suggest staying at hotels with fitness centers so that you can incorporate a workout into the first half or the last half of your work day.
  4. Suitable lobby. When I’m traveling in different cities, it’s easy to suggest to people that I’d like to meet with to just come to my hotel – especially friends I might be trying to catch a few minutes with during a quick trip. It’s nice to have a lobby where you can work, have a cup of tea, or even a glass of wine.
  5. Room service and/or food options. When you are traveling for work you are typically in a “24 hour work zone” and eat at random times. Staying at a hotel with room service definitely takes the pressure  off trying to plan your meals or having to leave your hotel (sometimes you don’t have a rental car) and go find food. I’m a sucker for the breakfast menu at hotels (complimentary or not) and usually take advantage of a good hotel breakfast. Even Hampton Inns, who don’t have room service, have a “pantry” area by the lobby where you can by snacks around the clock.
  6. Quiet. No matter how cool the rooftop lounge is at my hotel, I want to be able to go to my room and relax. If my room is bumping from the club upstairs it’s a less than relaxing experience.
  7. Automatic wake up calls. I admit, it fully creeps me out when an actual person calls my room and says, “this is your wakeup call.” At the Dream Downtown they actually had someone knock on my door to wake-me up. Looking back, I’m glad I was awake and they made sure of it but at the time it scared me having someone knock on my hotel room door at 6AM.
  8. Free WiFi. Having to pay $12.95 per day for WiFi in 2014 seems ridiculous. That being said, maybe if I worked in the hotel industry I’d feel differently. But as a business traveler, it seems crazy to pay for that.

What else do you look for in your travel hotels for work?


6 comments
shaynadunitz
shaynadunitz

Love this! In addition to a fitness center, I'd say super flexible hours. If I'm up early, I need to be able to workout early, or if I'm working all day I want to unwind with a late night workout. 


Free WiFi is also a MUST!

melstar
melstar

A printer! If I'm there on business I will probably be updating countless documents & hate having to run to the nearest Kinko's, etc.

Lilynnx
Lilynnx

Don't forget great service! To pay for Wi-Fi is ridiculous though. I believe that every hotel should have complimentary Wi-Fi, water, and chocolates. :)

emilylongeretta
emilylongeretta

A desk! As much as I love lying in bed, it's for sleeping and if I'm on a work trip, chances are I will want to sit and do some work on a desk, whether it's just to read my checklist or pull up my laptop!

mallorygold
mallorygold

I love all these tips to look for. Its very different traveling for pleasure vs. business. Definitely agree on the noise control and wifi- its crazy some places still charge for wifi!

LindseyDay
LindseyDay

These are great points! I'm a sucker for breakfast and free Wifi too!