When we travel for business, we have specific needs. A hotel with the latest technology, boardroom space and a helpful staff allows us to get our work done quickly — leaving leisure time to cross the threshold and explore New York.
The best business hotels in the city take things a step further with amenities like a multilingual concierge, personal assistants or rooms with the space and comfort of home. If you’re traveling to New York for business, the following properties will enable you to get the job done with ease.
Business travelers looking for some pleasures of home while on the road should check out AKA Central Park. Stylish, residential-like suites are full of little conveniences including full gourmet kitchens and cozy living spaces. On the leisure side, business travelers might enjoy in-room spa services or an in-room chef cooking a private dinner. When it’s time to get to work, amenities like free Wi-Fi, a free executive boardroom and a free well-equipped business center will all come in handy. There are also free laundry facilities on premises.
When business takes you to the Financial District, one of the neighborhood’s best options is the only hotel on Wall Street: The Andaz. In addition to a 24-hour complimentary snack bar where a barista can whip up your favorite coffee, this stylish hotel offers Andaz studio spaces (complete with wet bars) for meetings of different sizes. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there are several places for an informal meeting or to sit down with your laptop, like the Andaz lounge, a living-room style oasis with a variety of communal workspaces and convenient power outlets, or the seasonal Andaz Biergarten in the outdoor courtyard.
A room at the Setai Fifth Avenue comes with its own support staff. All guests have access to 24-hour personal assistants who can help arrange meetings, travel arrangements, restaurant reservations or whatever else is next on your to-do list. There is a range of options for business meetings, from the upscale, private meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment to the Michelin-rated Ai Fiori restaurant (a local favorite for power lunches). If you happen to be traveling with the family, childcare services are also available.
When you need a multilingual concierge who speaks everything from Arabic to Russian, choose the Sofitel New York. This stylish midtown hotel has a small but well-equipped business center and over 6,500 square feet of different meeting spaces with drop-down screen capabilities. The on-site “InspiredMeetings Planner” personally tailors meetings to your individual needs. Sofitel’s bar, Gaby, features a long list of cognac served by the glass and is ideal for a happy hour drink when work is complete.
Some Midtown hotels have all the amenities business travelers want, but no personality. At Le Parker Meridien, you get both. In addition to the high-speed Internet and big work desks with ergonomic chairs, this hotel has a dozen meeting spaces of all sizes and shapes to choose from. Female travelers will appreciate the blow-out only hair salon to look polished for a meeting, while those looking to kick back can go for a swim in the rooftop pool or grab one of the best burgers in the city at the semi-secret lobby restaurant, Burger Shack.
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