Going abroad for work certainly does not top the list of the best reasons to travel but it is a reality in today’s rapidly shrinking world.
And the inconvenience of day-long flights, jet lag, being away from one’s family and friends, and long back-to-back meetings can become compounded if the hotel you stay in does not cater to your every need.
If you pick a good business hotel, then it can also make your trip worthwhile and even pleasurable.
So if you are travelling to London soon for a business meeting, be sure to check into The Hilton London Canary Wharf, which has been rated as one of the best hotels for business travellers by Forbes in its list of best new business hotels around the world.
The hotel is 15 minutes from London City Airport – which saves you a long drive through the traffic. The hotel is within easy reach of Greenwich and the West End, or London’s river taxi network. The nearest underground station is Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line or South Quay station on the Docklands Light Railway.
Also it is at the heart of Canary Wharf’s bustling business, café and shopping scene so whenever you have spare time between meetings you can hop out for a shopping spree or just relax with a cup of coffee. As the hotel is in the heart of the city’s business hub, The Hilton London Canary Wharf has nine meeting rooms that can accommodate 12 to 400 people, as well as a business centre and an executive lounge. If your company’s budget permits, then the £700 (Dh5,039) a night – non inclusive of taxes – Executive Suite is what you should opt for.
Giving Emirates Business greater details of the facilities at the Executive Suite, General Manager Oliver Stockland said: “Guests who book themselves into the Executive Suite have access to the executive lounge, which includes complimentary breakfast and refreshments, home cinema, DAB Radio and MP3 player, fax machine, separate dining, work and relaxation areas. Complimentary access to Livingwell Express health club and priority check-in from the executive lounge are also included.”
But what do they have to offer the other hotels in the area don’t? Stockland said: “Ours is the only business hotel in the area that can boast a 24-hour business centre, access to an executive lounge with free internet access, free Wi-Fi and free business support services [if you are staying in an executive room].
“For other guests we are the only one to offer a 24-hour business centre, 24-hour guest laundry/dry cleaning and Hilton Honours Worldwide recognised loyalty programme offering HHonours and Airmiles.” Explaining the difference between regular hotels that cater to tourists and business hotels that cater to the business traveller, Stockland said: “While a normal hotel will focus more on relaxation, entertainment and luxury, business hotels focus more on facilities that will enable guests to conduct business. For example, finding a business centre with secretarial service, meeting and conference space, high-speed internet coupled with high- quality service is essential to a business traveller, if he is to get his work done swiftly, without any hassles.”
But a business hotel also has to keep in mind the needs of after-work relaxation that is why a central location close to and restaurants is desired. Keeping this in mind, the Canary Wharf is located in an area that has a lot to offer the business traveller in leisure time, including Greenwich, O2 and many other coffee shops and restaurants in the area apart from the in-house ones.
“As the hotel industry is cyclical eventually, hotels will have to fight for their customers again. And they want to go for the business traveller who will always be there, paying the premium rate, booking at the last minute. For the upscale hotels, the business traveller is driving the amenities and modernisations.”
So next time, make your business trip memorable by booking into the right hotel.
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