Earlier this year, we launched the Business Center to provide travelers with an easy way to plan a great business trip. If you’ve ever traveled for business, you know there’s never enough time to plan ahead. That usually means a mad dash for the car rental counter and a fast-food sandwich en route to a meeting. Having no time to research the hotel you booked, you show up to find it’s not quite where you thought (i.e. 15 miles from the conference). Any of this ringing a bell?
This is where the Business Center comes in. Simply type in the name of your destination city and click “Find Hotels” to see if we have a Business Center for that city. We are always adding new cities, so stay tuned if yours is not yet listed. Once you’ve reached your city’s Business Center page, you’ll first see a list of hotels recommended by people who stayed there on a business trip. Let’s say I’m going to Chicago. As I look now, the top business hotel in Chicago is the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Fancy! Or check the Top Values box and brag to your boss about how much money you saved.
Should you pack an umbrella? Check the weather forecast, found on every page of the Business Center. What’s a good place for dinner with clients? Go to the Restaurants tab for a list of places that have been recommended for business outings, and avoid showing up to a dark room blasting house music.
My favorite feature, the interactive map, lets you quickly find the most convenient hotel. The map shows business hotels in relation to restaurants, attractions, train stations, convention centers, and airports. Everything you need for a successful trip. Just click the mini-map at the top-right of the page (on the Hotels tab).
So what’s your favorite city for a business trip? I’ll have to go with San Francisco, but I’d love to try London. Hint, hint.