Guest Blog by Jane Tara
Frequent business travellers know that a good hotel is essential. But not all good hotels make good business hotels. Business travellers have different needs to leisure travellers. What makes a great business hotel? These seven factors combined keep corporate travellers coming back.
1 – The basics are important: A clean room, a comfortable bed, heavy drapes, a hairdryer and an iron, and a shower with good water pressure might be something that you expect at home, but regular corporate travellers know it can be hit and miss on the road. Small things make a big difference. A great business hotel will meet these needs for the corporate traveller, and more.
2 – Location, location, location: The last thing a business traveller wants is more travel time. A conveniently located hotel is important, whether that’s close to an airport, located in the business district of a city, or, for regional travel, in town. A great business hotel will take both convenience and calm into consideration. The Quality Inn Ambassador Orange is close to the town centre, but is also situated well back from the street, giving guests peace and quiet as well as a convenient location.
3 – Meeting rooms and a business centre: A great business hotel will provide guests with an array of options for connecting with, and even entertaining clients. The Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale has a restaurant, a wine and tapas bar, a private dining room and a private boardroom. All the meeting rooms feature the latest in audio visual and wireless technology. The hotel’s onsite business centre ensures that all corporate travel needs are met in one place.
4 – Conference rooms: A business focused hotel not only meets the needs of the solo corporate traveller, but it will have the facilities to deal with large meetings and conferences. Newcastle’s Quality Hotel NOAH’S On the Beach has extensive experience in event planning, as well as eight function rooms and the award winning Jonah’s restaurant. With its convenient location, event expertise and spectacular views, this hotel really is the perfect conference venue.
5 – WIFI and Desk area: Business travellers need to be connected at all times and have the space to work. The recently refurbished rooms at the Quality Hotel Powerhouse Armidale all have free Wireless High Speed Internet Access and a desk. While most business hotels provide Internet, at many it still comes at an extra cost. A great business hotel will provide it for free.
6 – Don’t forget Breakfast: A good breakfast is essential for a productive day and a great business hotel provides corporate guests with a range of breakfast options. The Quality Inn The Willows Gosford specialises in good food. The hotel has an award winning restaurant and bar, and catered conferences, but each day starts at with a continental breakfast.
7 – Keep fit while travelling: Being on the road can play havoc with your health. Buffet breakfasts, meetings and minibars will quickly take their toll. Corporate travellers benefit from being able to work out, and great business hotel provides the facilities to do so. Hotels like the Quality Inn Ambassador Orange offer their guests both a pool and a fitness centre, which makes maintaining your fitness routine easy—no excuses.
About Jane Tara
Jane is a travel writer, author, and the director of Itchee Feet, a publishing company that produces travel books for kids, and travel information for their parents. She has written for Sunday Telegraph/Sunday Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, The Age and The Courier Mail, Marie Claire, New Woman, and Punto! She has over two-dozen children’s picture books published in Asia, and two novels published through Momentum Books. She has spent years travelling, and has lived in Tokyo, London, Vienna, New York, and various parts of Australia. She is currently based in Sydney, with her partner and their four sons.