Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Business Hotels Announced for 2010

Business hotels can satisfy or disappoint, depending on what you get, when you get it, and when you need it. A property in the downtown business / financial district of a city is great, but the best hotels combine thier location with the most sought after amenities to earn high rankings for the top business class hotels.

When comparing the Travel + Leisure lists of 2009 and 2010, one major point of interest does arise: 19 out of the top 29 luxury business hotels that placed in 2010 were not on the list in 2009. The highest concentration of business hotels was in Asia, as opposed to the United States, and this could, reporters conclude, be connected to the shift in recent years as the U.S. struggled with economic changes. That said, while the U.S. had a reduced number of cities topping the list when compared to Asia, there was double the number of hotels on the list from 2009 (5) to 2010 (10).

Beijing has two hotels listed for 2010, which includes the St. Regis Beijing, moving from 15th place in 2009 to an astounding 6th place. Meanwhile, Four Seasons Shanghai put the city of Shanghai on the map after Shanghai didn't even place in the top 25 last year. The Peninsula Hong Kong placed at number 2 on the list, with experts citing service and hi-tech equipped rooms as two reasons why executives regularly return to this luxury business hotel.

In South America, Buenos Aires grabbed three spots on the list, including the Hilton Buenos Aires, which tied for number 15, the Alvear Palace Hotel (no. 22), and the Palacio Duhau. Interestingly, the Hilton Buenos Aires also placed as one of the few hotels providing great value, with rates starting at $250 or less.

And the number 1 hotel? The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta was ranked the number-one hotel for business travelers, with an overall score of 98.1. The hotel is located with close proximity to business, shopping, and leisure hubs in the city, and its fine positioning surely helped it place on the top business hotel list.

The premier location also happens to have excellent views—just a feature that makes your experience more enjoyable—and also has a house car service that takes guests anywhere within a six-mile radius, free of charge. Besides internet access in the business center, a fitness center, and a daily newspaper, this hotel has a salt-water lap pool, steam rooms, and saunas, plus poolside amenities. And that's not all, if you book it today and complete your stay before 2011 begins, you can get the 3rd Night FREE and experience the hotel in a non-business state-of-mind while ringing in the New Year right there!

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