Words by Carlie Tucker
The Big Apple is a veritable playground for business travellers. It's known for being a powerhouse in industry with entrepreneurs from around the globe basing their companies in the city. It's a vibrant destination with the potential to make even the most mundane of business itineraries exciting. It also happens to come with a seemingly endless list of places to stay.
Narrow your search with these five hotels. Running from budget-friendly to the best in New York luxury, each one is conveniently located with quality business amenities available to all guests.
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Holiday Inn NYC - Manhattan 6th Ave
For the more budget conscious business traveller seeking a place to stay that doesn't break the bank, the Holiday Inn NYC on 6th Avenue is a fantastic option. The hotel offers up 226 rooms in the popular Chelsea neighbourhood. Aside from providing easy access to integral business districts, you'll be within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Chelsea Market, Times Square and the Flatiron Building.
Along with a key location, the hotel is equipped with all the necessities to ensure you have a successful stay. This includes complimentary use of the gym and business centre. Both happen to be available 24-hours, accommodating the busiest of schedules.
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If you take a little old world glam with your business trip, you can't overlook a stay in The Benjamin. This New York staple was established in 1927 and happens to be one of the most renowned works by famed architect Emery Roth. Busy travellers will also appreciate a central location in Midtown East, close to several key business and leisure attractions. What's better is that this is a SmartStay hotel, providing FCBT clients with a sweep of exclusive extras.
Choose from Guest Rooms, Deluxe Studios, One-Bedroom Suites, Balcony Suites, Terrace Suites or the Benjamin Suite – all of which offer refreshing modern style with soft, relaxing interiors. The comfort doesn't end at the room, though, as the hotel provides business travellers with a host of convenient features. This includes a list of exclusive 'Small Business Perks' as part of their BizPerks program.
Sofitel New York
This modern hotel ticks all the boxes for business travellers seeking a quality stay in the 'City that Never Sleeps'. Balancing comfort and convenience, it offers up a superb Midtown location, spacious rooms and a sweep of business-friendly facilities. Rooms range from Classic Rooms to Imperial Suites with inclusions such as complimentary WiFi available across the board.
The Gaby restaurant and bar is available on-site for a quick bite or client catch-up over drinks, while a sweep of business rooms and communal spaces provide ample opportunity for more formal meetings. This includes a rooftop terrace with amazing views of the surrounding cityscape – perfect for making a great impression on important business partners.
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Moving up the luxury scale, The Kimberly is another iconic New York hotel that also happens to be a SmartStay hotel. It consistently receives recognition for being a top New York stay, including certificates of excellence from Conde Nast for 2014. Blending modern style with European flair, this hotel prides itself on providing supreme comfort for all guests.
From deluxe guestrooms to two bedroom suites, the hotel hosts a large number of layouts to suit the needs (and budgets) of business travellers. Each room also offers feather beds, Frette linens, the New York Times delivered to your room, robes, slippers, bottled water ... there is even an electric shoe-shining device. A range of elegant meeting venues provide the perfect space for business get togethers on-site, or choose to host clients at one of the many impressively beautiful dining venues. Stay fit at the NY Health and Racquet Club, or venture beyond the hotel to explore the spoils of New York at your doorstep.
When speaking about the best hotels in New York, it would be remiss to leave out The Plaza. Perhaps the quintessential New York hotel, it is known the world round as a prestigious luxury hotel. It also happens to be a fantastic hotel for Business Travellers that demand the best when on the road. Enjoying a central position on Central Park and Fifth Avenue, the ideal location is just the beginning.
282 guest rooms, including 102 suites, offer distinct layouts that range from Plaza Rooms all the way up to the Royal Plaza Suite. Sure they all feature beautiful city and/or park views, but they also come complete with decadent interiors and signature Caudalie toiletries. The hotel is also home to a 24-hour business centre, Fairmont Fit program that provides Reebok workout apparel directly to your room and sweep of top dining options.
FCBT clients will also be happy to know that The Plaza is a SmartStay property. Book through your Travel Manager to receive a $100USD food and beverage discount voucher, complimentary internet access and upgrade to the next room category if available.