Top 10 European Business Hotels
Business travel can be exhausting. Keeping to schedules, making sure we are on time to catch planes, trains and/or ferries, meetings and conferences to attend, documents to read, calls to make, emails to send while travelling from one destination to another.
At the end of each journey, all we seek is impeccable customer service, a well located situation, good food and a comfortable bed for the night. Here are 10 of our favourites.
10 | Grand Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
A waterfront location overlooking the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (Stockholm's charming old town), The Grand is also home to Mathias Dahlgren's Michelin star restaurants and impressive Veranda Bar. Rooms and suites are available as well as meeting rooms for small get togethers or larger conferences and events.
9 | Metropol Palace, Belgrade, Serbia
Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is close to the museum of Nikola Tesla (the Serbian-American inventor) and the fascinating Museum of the History of Yugoslavia.
A nice touch is the translation service the hotel offers. A rooftop restaurant is planned, to add to the restaurant and bar already in the hotel. This impressive Eastern European stopping off point is only 7.5 miles from Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport.
8 | Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
Situated in the tranquil surroundings of its own park, with views of Lake Zurich and the Alps, the five star Baur Au Lac is only five minutes’ walk from the Paradeplatz financial district. Zurich's famous shopping centre The Bahnhofstrasse is less than a bus ride away for those in need of retail therapy.
Guests at the Baur Au Lac can choose from 120 rooms, or 27 junior and 18 suites, while eateries include the Michelin starred Laurent Eperon. Unique selling point is the IT butler service. Zurich Kloten Airport, the busiest international hub in Switzerland, is 13 miles north of the city centre.
7 | The Royal Windsor Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
The Royal Windsor is a city centre hotel within walking distance of The Grand Place, the capital's central square and one of its biggest tourist attractions. Le Square Convention Centre and the famous Manneken Pis are also close to the hotel.
Guests can choose from one of 267 rooms or 16 suites, a massage can be arranged as well as a shoe shine. Belgian cuisine can be enjoyed on site at Chutneys restaurant, enjoy pastries at breakfast in Salon Grand Place, or relax with a cocktail in the evenings at the Waterloo bar. Brussels International Airport is seven miles northeast of the city.
6 | Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof, Germany
The Pullman, Berlin, is situated right in the heart of the historic German capital, near the main shopping precinct at Kurfurstendamm, and opposite the world-famous Berlin Zoo. The hotel has no fewer than 31 meeting rooms catering for small, intimate business meetings to events of up to 572 people.
5 | Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, Russian Federation
The Ritz-Carlton is situated on Tverskaya Street (known as Gorky Street between 1935 and 1990) in central Moscow, one of the best known thoroughfares in the capital. The hotel oozes elegance and ostentatious grand style, comfort writ large with 298 generously large rooms and a selection of 36 suites, all with 24 hour in room dining.
All staff are multi-lingual and there are dry cleaning and laundry facilities available. Moscow's Domodedovo Airport is 26 miles from the centre of the city. The Aeroexpress rail link takes 45 minutes to reach the Paveletsky Rail station in central Moscow.
4 | Principe di Savoia, Milan, Italy
In the fashion capital of the world you would expect style - the Principe di Savoia does not disappoint. The hotel's elegant, sophisticated and luxurious surroundings are situated in close proximity to the fashion districts of Via Saint Andrea, Via della Spiga and Via Borgospesso.
Food can be enjoyed at the Acanto, where Cadei's menu, based on classic Italian dishes, can be mulled over, or at Il Salotto. The hotel has 11 function rooms for business meetings and events. Milan's Malpensa airport is 25 miles from the centre of Milan.
3 | Mandan Oriental, Paris, France
Situated in one of the most fashionable streets in the world, the rue Saint-Honore, the Mandan Oriental is within walking distance of the Place Vendome, the magnificent Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and Opera Garnier.
Choose from 138 rooms and 39 suites, all with soundproofing - can be important if urgent business has to be attended to - and latest technology. The icing on this particular cake is the Royal Mandarin Suite with its stunning 360-degree view of the French capital.
Award winning chef Thierry Marx is culinary director, looking after the hotel's Camelia restaurant, while cocktails can be taken in the relaxing Bar "8". The meeting facilities are small, but can still accommodate up to 70 people. Charles De Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, lies 16 miles northeast of Paris.
2 | Gran Melia Fenix, Madrid, Spain
The hotel is situated in the Barrio de Salamanca at the very centre of Madrid's financial district, and within walking distance of the world renowned six Michelin star foodhouse Nuevo Centro Gastronomica Platea.
David Beckham, The Beatles, Bill Clinton and Cary Grant are among former esteemed guests so you are in good company. An elite member of The Leading Hotels of the World, guests have the choice of a wide array of rooms and suites, each with wi fi and docking points for the iPhone.
The restaurant Epoque is not to be missed, while DRY Cosmopolitan by Javier de las Muelas is the leading cocktail bar in Madrid. Adolfo Suarez Madrid - Barajas Airport is less than six miles from the city's financial district. The Madrid Metro links the airport with Nuevos Minsiterios in the centre of town.
1 | The Shangri-La at the Shard, London, United Kingdom
The Shangri-La at the Shard hotel occupies floors 34 to 52 of the 87 storey (1012 foot) skyscraper, one of London's most iconic and contemporary examples of advanced engineering. Located across the Thames from Regent Street and The Strand, the hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge rail station, and is close to London's comprehensive transportation network at the heart of the city.
Because of the unique shape of The Shard every room at the Shangri-La hotel is different, while the building's glass fronted feature means that rooms have floor to ceiling windows allowing for stunning views of the British capital.
There are 202 rooms and suites at the hotel, each one kitted out with high-speed internet. Ting, Lang and Gong are the main restaurants and bar. The tag-line for Gong is London's highest cocktail bar, found on the 52nd floor. Facilities for meetings are available and can accommodate from 10 to 140.