World's Best Business Hotels 2010
Courtesy of Hôtel de Crillon
Travelers rank the top 25
business hotels worldwide in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best survey.
Ask anyone who logs dozens of
hotel nights each year what matters most to them, and you’re apt to get a fairly
consistent checklist: top-notch service, hassle-free technology, comfortable
rooms, and a convenient location. And business travelers are demanding these
needs be met in a growing number of destinations like Beijing and New Delhi, in
addition to the usual suspects of New York and London.
So in 2010, which business
hotels best delivered that tangible mix of effortless hospitality and being in
the right place at the right time? In the annual World’s Best survey, Travel
+ Leisure asked readers to choose their favorite business hotels—properties
that meet the highest standards of convenience, service, and comfort.
In the U.S., 10 properties in
nine cities made the top 25. Interestingly, in 2009, only five American cities
could claim top business hotels—perhaps this indicates a shift in the
most-traveled-to cities during tough economic times. But most significant was
the number of new hotels this year: 19 of the top 25 hotels weren’t on the 2009
It’s probably no surprise that
10 of the top 25 hotels are in Asia, long home to legendary properties. Beijing
has two hotels on the 2010 list, including the St. Regis, Beijing, which
vaulted to No. 6 this year from No. 15 in 2009. And Shanghai has one, the Four
Seasons Hotel, Shanghai, which ranked No. 14 (after not making last year’s top
25). The Peninsula, Hong Kong had a very strong showing at No. 2, jumping nine
spots from 2009. With its strategic location, legendary service, and spacious,
tech-equipped rooms, it remains a favorite of time-strapped executives.
New Delhi broke onto the list
with two properties, including No. 7–ranked The Imperial, while Buenos Aires
snagged three top spots, including the Hilton Buenos Aires, which tied for No.
15. Notably, it is one of just three top 25 properties deemed a great value,
with starting rates of $250 or less.
Which hotel snagged the coveted
No. 1 ranking? Was it somewhere close to home or thousands of frequent-flier
miles away? To find out, check out our list of the world’s best business
hotels. —Donna Heiderstadt