There’s nothing better than a business trip that can also be a pleasure trip. You might extend your stay a few days and bring along family or your best friend. This kind of bonus makes business travel less wearisome and more wonderful.
It’s not every hotel and city that is ideal for bleisure travelers. We highlight some sweet spots around the globe.
Hilton Buenos Aires
Hilton Buenos Aires is one of the top hotels when it comes to congresses, conventions and meetings. It has more than 71,290 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. The Pacífico Boardroom is the largest inside a hotel in Buenos Aires with a capacity of 2,700 guests and the latest technology. Meeting rooms are equipped with ergonomic chairs, mini fridges, anti-reflex tables, among others. When you need to get your workout on to power you up for the day, there’s a fitness room decked out with Technogym´s TGS equipment (computerized training system) which delivers immediate workout data with excellent training and individualized attention. Chill out in the Executive Lounge, there are individual PC workstations, library, pool table and a private terrace. For fun, your kids will get a kick out of Barbie & Hot Wheels Rooms, that have themed bedding, toys, amenities and activities. Even Fido will be comfortable. Pets have their water and food bowls, blankets and their own concierge service, room service and surprise gifts.
The Lowell, New York City
There’s no shortage of awesome accommodations for business and leisure in Manhattan. The Lowell is a great choice. You’ll love features like the packing and unpacking service. You can focus on your deadlines instead of organizing your belongings. They can also make leaving easy, when your brain is fried from meetings upon meetings. Look polished with complimentary shoeshine and take advantage of 24-hour-in-room dining. No worries if you need to buckle down in your room to finish work. You can keep up your healthy routine with options like squeezed juices spiked with a boost of Vitamin C and calcium. Calm yourself with the in-room wood-burning fireplace. Select essential oils and calming scents to drop into the fire. The Lowell’s Concierge team will work to get you privileged access, be it tickets to a sold-out show or a designer’s private collection. Before you arrive, a member of the Guest Relations team will reach out to you so you can share any information useful so they can give you personalized service.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is the largest non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast, located along the banks of the Potomac River. Gaylord National is an AAA-Four Diamond resort and it’s 15 minutes from Washington, D.C. You’re in a bucolic setting yet convenient to whatever business you have in the nation’s capital. The Gaylord is stunning with its 19-story atrium. There’s more than 600,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Hungry? You have noted restaurants like Old Hickory Steakhouse. When you’re ready to unwind, you have the luxurious Relâche Spa and Pose Rooftop Lounge. You’re nearby MGM National Harbor which has concerts and shows and Topgolf is convenient too if you want to de-stress and perfect your swing.
One Aldwych, London
One Aldwych, located in a 1907 standalone landmark building in London’s blossoming Covent Garden, reopened in June 2019 with new room and suite interiors by Robert Angell, and a new lobby bar and restaurant feel by Tom Strother and Steven Saunders of Fabled Studio.In addition to its luxury guest rooms and suites, One Aldwych features two stylish restaurants, a Lobby Bar, 30-seat Screening Room and Health Club with a swimming pool, spa and gym. When it comes to business, the hotel has a variety of private meeting rooms which can accommodate groups of up to 50 delegates. Each meeting room comes complete with state-of-the-art technology including the latest audio-visual equipment and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are multiple charging ports and desks in each room. One Aldwych is ideally located in the heart of Covent Garden. The hotel is a five-minute walk to three London Underground stations. When business is over and you’re looking for entertainment, there’s plenty, including world class ballet, opera and theatre.
The Clancy, San Francisco
The Clancy opens in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district in April under Marriott International’s Autograph Collection® Hotels, following an approximately $30 million renovation and rebranding of the former Courtyard San Francisco Downtown. With almost 10,000 square feet and 16 configurable rooms (all named after the hidden gems of San Francisco, or pay tribute to the city’s history), The Clancy offers a variety of flexible venue space to meet any event need. There are intimate boardrooms, including a board room called the Disruption room, complete with a couch and courtyard access, as well as spacious conference halls, state-of-the-art-tech and expert meeting planning services. The tech-enabled spaces feature high-speed Wi-Fi and leading-edge audiovisual services. As a part of the renovation, The Clancy introduced the elegant Line Lot meeting venue which has a capacity for 200 guests and is positioned as a premier event destination in downtown San Francisco. When you have free time, take advantage of the hotel’s Locally Crafted series of events that will help you enjoy at that is SoMa.
Hotel Arts, Barcelona
The striking Hotel Arts is 44 floors of exposed glass and steel it’s a standout on Barcelona’s skyline and deemed one of the top business hotels in Spain. It has over 3,000 square-feet of function space overlooking the Mediterranean in Arts 41, a space for board meetings and conferences, creating a unique conference experience. The hotel offers conference tailoring, such as a conference concierge, group check-in, audiovisual services and access to the gym and spa. Feast at t Michelin-starred restaurants on site. Pamper yourself at 43 the Spa, with specialty treatments like the Sublime Diamond Journey, a ritual that includes body exfoliation with diamond dust followed by the application of a concentrated hydration cream to smoothen the skin and more. Learn the art of mixology via The Liquid Journey with Diego Baud, the head bartender. Relax after a long day of business at the infinity pool and lounge.
Hilton Norfolk The Main, Norfolk, Virginia
The Main is the newest upscale hotel, dining, and meeting waterfront destination in downtown Norfolk. When finished with business for the day, easily walk to cultural attractions, shopping, dining and the Elizabeth River. The 23-story luxury hotel features a modern décor, cutting edge fitness center and indoor pool. The business center is equipped with Wi-Fi and private offices and the hotel offers 60,000 square feet of event space with over 40 different high-tech, high-design event spaces perfect for learning, collaborating and celebrating. Two grand ballrooms offer elegant conference settings with river views. Indulge your inner foodie at three restaurants with chef-inspired local cuisine and seafood or sip a craft beer on the rooftop garden lounge with a backyard vibe.
The Westin, Nashville
The Westin has cool programming for business travelers. Its Business Breakout Menu is intriguing. The Westin partners with local businesses to offer unique Nashville experiences from guided meditation and leadership workshops, to an opportunity to both positively and directly impact the Nashville community, through the Room in the Inn program where you assemble care packages to be given to the homeless. Nashville is all about the tunes. You and your colleagues can bond over an interactive songwriting and recording session.