Even when meetings and conferences serve as the primary reasons for your travel, there is no need to sacrifice luxuriousness in all the shuffling. These five hotels across the globe show that they understand that by offering incredible business packages that combine the efficient economics of travel with the perks of luxury.
Palace Hotel Tokyo
For the Japan-bound traveler, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s Business Best Practices is a full-immersion experience curated by a personal guide who combines lessons in private etiquette with cultural practices for business and leisure guests. In addition to a guide, the deal also includes Club Lounge access and privileges such as daily breakfast, evening cocktails and two hours of private meeting space. As if that weren’t enough to seal the deal, the 290-room hotel impresses with 10 restaurant and bar options, and a 12,916-square-foot, Alpine-inspired Evian Spa, the country’s first.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
Business Boost is a weekday promotion at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, only a half-hour dive from Manhattan, making it ideal for a suburban getaway from the daily grind. Rooms at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel are spacious with soft hues and modern décor. And if you simply can’t resist the urge to check your email, the package’s free Wi-Fi makes things easier. Continental breakfast is also included. Club-level units come with a personal concierge, so make sure to have him make reservations at the Four-Star spa, a 10,000-square-foot sanctuary and fitness center with an impressive menu of treatments (our pick: the seasonal Spring Awakenings — the dry-brush exfoliation, clay wrap, and scalp and full-body massages will revitalize you after a stressful project).
Island Hotel Newport Beach
Southern California comfort is the vibe for Island Hotel’s Business Made Easy offer. Just a short drive to Newport Beach, the 20-story tower looks toward the Pacific Ocean with private balconies or furnished patios for all rooms. Mix the Four-Star hotel’s views with complimentary Wi-Fi and an $18 daily breakfast credit and you have all the motivation you need to get your work handled. And to think, when things on that end are completed, you can loosen up the top button by doing some shopping in the area or playing a round of golf just eight minutes away at famed Pelican Hill.
Atlanta’s InterContinental Buckhead has a full menu of travel packages, with its Business Sense focusing on much-appreciated tech amenities, including unlimited Internet access and 25 percent off business center services. The Four-Star property’s prime location just minutes from high-end shopping and movie theaters make it the ideal respite after an important conference call. Of course, if you need to do a bit more wooing before hands can shake, the hotel’s Bourbon Bar and Southern Art restaurant (helmed by celebrity chef Art Smith) are prime spots to do it.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia
With all eyes on Milan this year for Milan Expo 2015, the food-themed world’s fair, the just-renovated Excelsior Hotel Gallia has a series of packages designed to make you fall in love with the city. The one that proves most tempting to business travelers may be A Taste of Luxury, which includes daily breakfast at Gallia Restaurant. The 235-room hotel with the 21st-century Great Gatsby vibe wows at other times of the day with a business center and a newly reimagined spa. The soon-to-open rooftop bar should also dazzle with its spectacular view of Milano Centrale, arguably Italy’s most beautiful train station.