Travel website TripExpert recommends the top three hotels in 10 cities for business travelers.
For business travel, the Los Angeles Airport Marriott is the quintessential hotel, says frequent business traveler Michael Gregurich of Manitowoc, Wis.
“It has great Wi-Fi, a great business center, meeting rooms and numerous dining options,” says Gregurich, a USA TODAY Road Warrior who volunteers travel information. “It is close to the airport, has consistent airport shuttle service, an on-site rental car return and flight display monitors in the lobby and guest rooms.”
Business travelers like Gregurich often have various work-related needs and appreciate hotels they can count on to meet them.
Now, besides their favorites, they may want to consider the recommendations of TripExpert, a website that rates hotels using reviews from more than 20 travel guides, newspapers and magazines.
At USA TODAY’s request, TripExpert analyzed its data and identified the top three hotels for business travelers in 10 cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.
TripExpert uses a relatively broad definition for a hotel for business travelers. It must allow easy access to a city’s business district, provide basic business-travel facilities such as high-speed Internet service and not cater primarily to leisure travelers.
“The top hotels featured on TripExpert, which have all been endorsed by several expert sources, should more than meet most business travelers’ expectations for location, comfort and service,” says Andrew Nicol, TripExpert’s co-founder.
Of the 10 cities, San Francisco’s Hotel Vitale is TripExpert’s top-rated hotel for business travelers. It receives a 98 score on a 60-100 scale.
The hotel offers a 24-hour business center with Mac desktop computers, and indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, including a rooftop terrace with views of San Francisco Bay and the Embarcadero.
Hotel Vitale also offers “the advantage of a luxury boutique” situated in the Financial District, “an area dominated by impersonal chain hotels,” Nicol says.
Like many of TripExpert’s top choices, a thick wallet may be helpful when checking in at the Vitale. In late August, the least-expensive room rates available for Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 were $839 per night. From Sept. 2-29, the least expensive daily room rates ranged from $389 to $739.
In Southern California, The Standard, Downtown LA in Los Angeles rates best with an 87 score.
Among other services, it offers a business center, and gym and room service open around the clock. Its rooftop Biergarten can accommodate up to 75 people for meetings and cocktail receptions.
Four hotels — Boston’s XV Beacon, Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York’s Crosby Street Hotel and Washington’s Mandarin Oriental — tie for the second-highest score, 97, in the 10 cities.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower provides Trump Attache service, which will shop for guests, walk their pets and arrange messenger services. The hotel, which has a salon and a 23,000-square-foot spa, also offers wardrobe storage, allowing frequent guests to leave their clothing in Chicago and so travel with less luggage.
The elegant, 347-room Mandarin Oriental is TripExpert’s top pick in Washington. The hotel — about a 10-minute drive from Ronald Reagan airport — offers a business center, nine meeting rooms and a spa with eight treatment rooms.
Among other meeting rooms, the Art Gallery has a private elevator and a flagstone patio with a view of the Jefferson Memorial.
New York’s 86-room Crosby Street Hotel is Nicol’s favorite overall, though it doesn’t offer the many business-travel amenities that larger hotels provide.
The hotel is “an exceptional boutique with beautifully furnished rooms,” he says. “Its unbeatable location in SoHo makes for a good escape from the relentless tourist bustle of midtown, where most business travelers stay.”
Road Warrior Barry Maher recommends an even better escape — to Maui’s Grand Wailea, which, he says, is ideal for business travelers. It has a business center, 22 meeting rooms and a 28,000-square-foot ballroom.
“The Grand Wailea is a beautiful, luxurious property with all the facilities and amenities you could ever ask for — plus Maui,” says Maher, a professional speaker from Corona, Calif. “It doesn’t look or sound like a business hotel, but, as far as I’m concerned, there’s no better location in the States, and why not do business in paradise?”
TripExpert omits resorts in its list of best hotels for business travelers, but Maher is adamant that the Maui resort and his other favorite — Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Oman — belong on the list.
It is “a beautiful property in a world-class gorgeous spot on the water” that is quiet, comfortable and offers great amenities and facilities, he says. The resort also has “one of the best buffets I’ve ever tasted, tempting me to overeat at all hours of the day and night.”
It also has a business center, conference facilities and a library, and will cater to a business traveler’s needs, Maher says.
“If I arrive at midnight and need a suit pressed for the conference I’m keynoting the next morning at 8 a.m., the suit is looking sharp with hours to spare,” he says. “Try to get that done at most high-end hotels in this country.”
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