Whether it’s catching up on work or getting a good night’s sleep, a great hotel room can be a godsend on an otherwise tiring business trip.
Huge HDTVs and creature comforts like bathrobes and slippers in fantastic bathrooms are always well-received – but what’s really important to business travellers?
When travelling for work, here's my hotel room top five:
1. Reliable, high-speed internet access
Being able to check for all-important emails or linking up with the office back home is an absolute must, and should be hassle-free.
Poor wi-fi signal, slow download speeds or Internet passwords that are only valid for one device just aren’t good enough in a business hotel, and are reason enough to walk in my book.
If you’re away for extended periods of time, using Skype to chat with clients, colleagues or even loved ones back home is only possible when there’s a solid internet connection at your fingertips.
2. Power points, power points, power points
You shouldn’t have to move furniture, get down on the floor or leave your gadget in the bathroom just to plug in and recharge.
Desk-level power points are appreciated by business travellers – they’re right where you need them, and even allow you to talk on your mobile at the desk while it’s charging.
Outlets close to the bed are also great for charging phones overnight, but only if they’re not tucked away under the bedside table.
3. A comfortable working area
Speaking of desks, the entire workspace should be well-designed.
In addition to the obligatory power points, a comfortable and adjustable office chair can take some of the pain out of a long day’s work.
The desk lamp should be bright enough to see any documents you’re working on, but moveable or adjustable to avoid glare on the laptop screen.
4. A quality, clean iron and ironing board
When meeting with clients, presentation is paramount – that’s why a quality iron and ironing board should be a hotel staple.
While dry cleaning departments have their purpose, when a hotel provides the dodgiest of irons but a top-notch pressing service, you know something’s amiss.
5. Peace and quiet
If you’re staying near an airport or in a city known for its nightlife, a quiet hotel room can be hard to find.
That’s especially so in New York, where some hotels charge a premium to reserve a spot on the higher floors away from the street noise.
When rooms closer to the ground floor are the only option, it’s imperative that the air conditioning is working like new, allowing travellers to sleep with the window fully closed.
When you’re away on business, what do you look for in a hotel room? Do you want to unwind on your own after a long day spent with colleagues, or do your turn your hotel room into a mini office and power on between meetings?
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