Whether you’re staying just for the night or an extended work-related trip, not every hotel is fully equipped to handle your needs as a business traveler.
From well-equipped business centre, to in-room Wifi, here are 5 best business-savvy hotels in New York for business travellers.
1. Grand Hyatt Hotel
Getting to the Grand Hyatt shouldn’t take too long. Even the furthest international airport in NYC – Newark Liberty International Airport, is only 17 miles (27.4km) away from the hotel, which is fairly close!
In a hurry? Back late from a meeting? No problem, the Market at Grand Hyatt is open for 24 hours!
Their menu for breakfast items end at 11.30a.m. but their lunch and dinner items are available from 11.00a.m. and 6.00pm respectively until breakfast the next day. You could grab a cold or hot sandwich as well as salads, entrees or desserts as well, all packaged for your on-the-go needs!
If you expect to entertain clients from abroad, entertain them at the New York Central restaurant. Elegantly designed, they serve fine dining dishes that could surely impress your guests for the evening. If you’d rather have a drink with them instead, take them to The Lounge. Their mixologists serve some impressive cocktails as well as harder drinks for closer business partners.
As with all Grand Hyatt hotels, they have a 24-hour business center fully equipped with computers. They provide office equipment rental services if you need a portable scanner for a meeting. Fax and photocopying facilities are available as well, so you’re pretty much set for any paperwork you need. They have rules and regulations on shipping in and out of the hotel too that you can check out here.
2. Four Seasons Hotel
Their location in this part of Midtown gives you easy accessibility to taxis and the subway (closest station is Lexington Av-63). Standing tall at 52 storeys, you can easily find your way to Four Seasons hotel from the airport.
If you’re expecting a smart casual meeting, The Garden restaurant is located on the ground floor near the lobby. The modern-forest decor sets a calm ambiance with plenty of natural light from the grand, tall windows. Try the Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes! It is considered to be THE classic breakfast as guests have enjoyed this dish since 1993. Need a conversation opener before you get down to business? We just gave you one.
Which business hotel is complete without a business center? Their business center is equipped with AV items, cell phones, and the service that makes them stand out is their translation and interpretation services, that includes Japanese. For the operation hours, you may check them here.
3. Mandarin Oriental
Located right around Columbus Circle, you could get an impressive bird’s eye view of Manhattan from Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Even better? You could also watch over Central Park or The Hudson River from their rooms.
It’s also useful to note that they have a small work space in every room so a business centre is not really necessary.
While their business centre may not be the focus, they have The Office (no, not the kind you’re used to). It is a cozy cocktail bar by the Alinea group.
The environment has a relaxed ambience to it that is perfect for a meeting over drinks or entertaining business partners. The music isn’t too loud either, so you could discuss your business without having to shout your point over.
After hours and hours of meetings, why not book a session at the Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning spa?
There’s a whole host of packages that you can view here, but the Calm Mind Retreat is probably the one you’d need on your business trip. You could even book the Jet Lag Cure in advance to get you ready for your meetings the next day!
4. Ritz-Carlton, Central Park
Back at Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton is known for their impeccable service. Do take note that they do charge for in-room WiFi but that in no way is a deal-breaker.
They provide overnight laundry and dry-cleaning services, so you could leave your suit to them in the morning and have it ready for that cocktail function the next day. You can also hire a private butler to take care of your daily errands here while you are out on business, which is perfect for a busy person abroad.
Keep in mind that the dress code here is sophisticated casual, so be sure to inform your clients or business partners about that. If you’re celebrating a new partnership or such, legendary bartender Norman Bukofzer could fix some divine mixes that will do justice to new business bonds!
The hotel’s business center has just about all the things you need, like the usual faxing and photocopying services. But they also provide video conferencing and courier services for those who need them.
But what’s really special is their VolunTeaming program for larger groups; so if you’re thinking of finding a place for your next corporate team building, look no further and request for a proposal here.
5. The James Hotels
Located in New York-Soho, The James Hotel takes a modern twist in its decor and and has a more fresh, minimalist touch.
They have multiple work spaces you could use and each has a different ambiance to it. If you’re sick of the grand, century-old hotels, then this hotel would be a breath of fresh air for you.
You should definitely have a weekend brunch meeting at the Garden of David Burke Kitchen here. Some of the most unique dish you’ll find on the menu are the Lobster Toast and the Sagamore Rye & Maple-Roasted Pear Skillet Cake.
It’s certainly a relatively casual place to hold a meeting, but if your clients or business partners are the more adventurous bunch, you can entertain them here!
Unlike most hotel concepts, James Hotels has a 24-hour business networking lounge as opposed to a business centre!
There is no cubicle or office feel to it, instead it has a more creative home office feel which makes it a nice working space equipped with computers, printers, fax machines and video conferencing facilities. So if you prefer a more relaxed, creative place to work at in the NYC, James Hotels is probably your best bet.
International Data Roaming – Flexiroam X
No matter which hotel you choose, you could have internet anywhere in New York City with Flexiroam X international data roaming! All you have to do is stick the Flexiroam X microchip on your existing SIM and you could conveniently roam in more than 120 countries worldwide!
You could even make calls to any landline phone in the world via the Flexiroam app, so you’ll always be in touch with your business at home and abroad!
So what are you waiting for? Get your starter pack here today!