In these trying times, some hospitality brands have stood tall and looked the storm in the eye. Here is a hand-picked list of business hotels—in the country and abroad—that provide for all your professional needs. By Rashima Nagpal
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK AT CHAO PHRAYA RIVER
Much like the city of Bangkok, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is a scintillating combination of elements. For starters, the 299-room hotel is located along 200 metres of the city’s picturesque riverfront and 40 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Designed by celebrated Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the property is bright, atmospheric, and serene—and nothing like a conventional city hotel. The property also houses a private art gallery that exhibits works of budding local artists in tandem with Bangkok’s Museum of Contemporary Art. With inviting dining venues, a wellness centre, and elegant event spaces, including a river-view ballroom and four function spaces, the hotel has everything you need and then some. Starts from INR 18,840.
JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL
The stunning Jumeirah Beach Hotel provides ample opportunities to mix business and leisure. A wave-shaped 27-storey edifice overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the hotel has become a landmark since it opened in 1997. Facilities such as 20 dining venues, six swimming pools, an exclusive beach, a dive centre, and complimentary access to the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark allow business travellers to bring family along. The property also offers an array of accommodation options, ranging from sea-view suites to beach villas, and plenty of event venues, including Meyana Auditorium, Safinah Ballroom, and a variety of boardrooms as well as outdoor spaces. Starts from INR 27,842.
THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL
A five-star waterfront hotel housed in a grand Venetian-style building, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is not your regular business address. With eight exemplary restaurants, 2,137 square metres of event space, a holistic spa, a 1,600-square-metre outdoor pool, and a private beach, the hotel emphatically won in the Best Business Hotel category at this magazine’s India’s Best Awards 2020. From chic rooms and suites to serviced residences, the stay options are varied. The property is located just 20 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport and three kilometres from the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Starts from INR 9,490.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
The Fullerton Building, a grand neoclassical landmark built in 1928, was gazetted in December 2015 as a national monument. What was once home to Singapore’s General Post Office, the Exchange Room, and the prestigious Singapore Club, became the enviable address of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore in 2001. Located at the intersection of the financial and art districts of Singapore, the landmark 400-room hotel offers a world-class experience with guestrooms that overlook either the Singapore River or Marina Bay. Add to that five impeccable restaurants and bars, along with classic meeting spaces, and you have one of the two international winners of the Best Business Hotel trophy at India’s Best Awards 2020. Starts from INR 14,783.
WALDORF ASTORIA DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE
A stone’s throw away from Burj Khalifa, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre is among the skyscraping jewels in the City of Gold. Its coveted location in the centre of Dubai’s bustling financial district, along with its relative newness (the property opened its doors in July 2019), grabs the attention of discerning business travellers. Occupying floors 18 to 55 of Burj Daman, the contemporary hotel features a variety of guestrooms, three modern restaurants and bars including a rooftop lounge by the pool, and a luxury spa, among other things. The MICE facilities include a 24-hour business centre, four flexible meeting rooms, a spacious ballroom and boardroom, and a function suite with an open kitchen. Starts from INR 17,784.
KIMPTON MAA-LAI BANGKOK
A new address in the heart of Bangkok is drawing the attention of business and leisure travellers alike. Launched late last year, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is an urban-chic property with 362 accommodation units, including 131 serviced residences for long-term business visits. The hotel’s F&B offerings come in four avatars: the lobby lounge Craft; a farm-totable grocerant called Stock Room; Ms Jigger, which whips up interesting cocktails; and a rooftop day club-cum-night bar called Baryard. The event spaces too come with an artsy touch. Starts from INR 8,000.
CAESARS PALACE BLUEWATERS DUBAI
Part of Dubai’s coveted new island oasis called Bluewaters, which is a multi-purpose recreational destination in itself, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai is an emerging address in the emirate. It is popular particularly among Gen-Z business travellers. Ultra-modern, eclectic and vibrant, the property comes with a swanky private beach club, six dining venues including one by multi-Michelin starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, a high-tech spa and fitness centre, and a Romanesque theatre. The property’s meeting spaces include a conference centre, a multipurpose venue called Caesars Forum, and the Caesars Ballroom, which opens to Forum Garden Terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Starts from INR 35,035.
PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH
With Phuket International Airport just five kilometres away and the sea right in front, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach enjoys the best of both worlds. The relatively quiet beachfront locale lends your stay a peaceful vibe, and the state-of-the-art offerings at the five-star hotel ensure comfort and luxury. There are a variety of accommodation options, ranging from rooms overlooking verdant gardens to beachfront villas. The culinary offerings, too, are diverse; on the menu are Thai delicacies, fresh seafood, and innovative cocktails. Along with two outdoor pools, a gym, and a spa, the hotel has over 223 square metres of event space and three meeting rooms. So, you don’t have to look elsewhere for a laid-back beach holiday after your conference. Starts from INR 13,836.
HOTEL PRESIDENT WILSON, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, GENEVA
Facing the breathtaking Lake Geneva and set against the backdrop of the Mont-Blanc massif, Hotel President Wilson, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Geneva is a landmark hotel in Switzerland. The highlights of the property include 204 well-appointed rooms and 25 luxury suites that boast floor-to-ceiling windows and wonderful views of the lake and the city, exquisite culinary offerings helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Michel Roth, and the first Spa La Mer in the country. With a variety of 13 event venues, the hotel also has a strong reputation for hosting upscale meetings and conferences. Starts from INR 31,190.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL SYDNEY
Less than two years old, The Fullerton Hotel Sydney is the first Fullerton property outside of Singapore. It owns an enviable spot in the ‘civic heart’ of Sydney, featuring the historic General Post Office building as its façade and one of the wings. While the hotel exudes a vintage vibe at first glance, it reveals its luxurious modern heart in its high-rise wing. The 400-plus rooms and suites are divided among the two wings, under the categories of Heritage and Tower rooms and suites. Apart from a grand ballroom that can host up to 1,000 guests, the property features a 133-square-metre Barnet Room, five meeting rooms, and an executive boardroom to suit business travellers. Starts from INR 15,017.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BENGALURU AT EMBASSY ONE
A swanky addition to the landscape of India’s hightech capital, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is located in the landmark Embassy ONE complex. Imbibing the city’s cosmopolitan vibe, the hotel impresses with its eclectic range of offerings. With 230 sophisticated accommodation options, six function rooms, a breezy kitchen-equipped Terrace, and an al fresco patio adjoining the hotel’s all-day restaurant CUR8, there’s plenty for the modern business traveller to explore. For eventful evenings in the Garden City, check out the hotel’s 21st floor, where the combination of an Asian brasserie called Far & East and a bar called Copitas makes for a hot-selling experience. Starts from INR 7,500.
PARK HYATT CHENNAI
Located 15 minutes from Chennai International Airport, Park Hyatt Chennai is a five-star luxury hotel that overlooks the Guindy Forest Reserve. It has 200 elegant guestrooms and 940 square metres of function space. A special-events venue called The Apartment Gallery can host everything from corporate meetings to social events. Fittingly, Park Hyatt Chennai was voted the Best Business Hotel in India at India’s Best Awards 2020. Both of its restaurants, The Flying Elephant and The Dining Room, serve delicacies from multiple cuisines, while a spa with a rooftop infinity pool and a fitness centre offer relaxation after a long day of work. To top it all, the property’s pet-friendly too! Starts from INR 5,000.
RADISSON BLU HOTEL GUWAHATI
A short drive from the city centre takes you to Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati, which enjoys a tranquil location and scenic views of verdant hills. While each of the 196 spacious rooms is guaranteed to provide a comfortable stay, you can elevate your experience by opting for the Business Class Room or the Suite, which come with exclusive access to the Business Class lounge, complimentary airport transfers, and more. Treat your taste buds with a variety of dishes, ranging from pan-Asian to Mediterranean, served at the five on-site restaurants. The meeting facilities span over 4,180 square metres and include a fully-equipped business centre and sprawling outdoor lawns. Starts from INR 5,950.
ITC MARATHA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, MUMBAI
Featuring Indo-Saracenic architecture and inspired by the bygone era of the Maratha dynasty, ITC Maratha wears a regal garb of grandeur. It is a stone’s throw away from the airport and comes with 380 rooms and suites, seven diverse F&B outlets, and 13 banqueting and meeting venues. ITC’s celebrated signature experiences, offered by iconic restaurants such as Dum Pukht and Dakshin Coastal, and Kaya Kalp – the Spa, are just some of the things that make patrons return to this property. Starts from INR 6,999.
Located close to the Vastrapur Lake, Hyatt Ahmedabad is a five-star hotel featuring 178 well-appointed guestrooms, including 10 upscale suites. It is equipped with ample modern amenities, such as a 24-hour gym, an outdoor pool, and a spa. With 700 square metres of event space and state-of-the-art infrastructure, the property is fit for corporate meetings as well as social events. The culinary offerings include live cooking stations at the all-day dining Collage, pan-Asian delicacies at TG’S The Oriental Grill, and the recently launched Mrs Mage, which serves delectable quick bites in a lively setting. Starts from INR 4,825.
NOVOTEL NEW DELHI AEROCITY
Located in Aerocity, merely minutes from the airport, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is one of the most popular business hotels in the city. It’s a huge property with 670 rooms, a multicuisine restaurant, a lively 24-hour sports bar, and generous event spaces including 17 meeting rooms that can host up to 1,500 guests. Part of the Accor group, the upscale property wears a relaxed vibe, and is ideal for quick business meetings during stopovers as well as grand corporate events. There is also an outdoor pool, and a dedicated spa and fitness centre to help guests unwind. Starts from INR 4,000.
THE LEELA PALACE NEW DELHI
For a decade, The Leela Palace New Delhi has been a one-of-its-kind palatial escape for locals and visitors to Delhi. It offers accommodation in 254 regal guestrooms, including 42 royal club rooms and 18 suites that come with butler service and access to the Royal Club lounge. The banquet venues at the property are spread over 1,954 square metres, including outdoor spaces such as The Library Bar Terrace—perfect for hosting soirees. The food menu is a pleasing mixed-bag of multi-cuisine buffets at The Qube, signature Indian recipes at Jamavar, classic Japanese dishes at Megu, and exquisite Franco-Italian meals at La Cirque. And then, there are the therapies at ESPA, the luxurious sanctuary of well-being at the property. Starts from INR 11,500.
NOVOTEL HYDERABAD CONVENTION CENTRE
Well-connected to the airport and the IT and corporate hubs of HITEC City, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre is a classic venue for business travellers in the city. One of the few five-star hotels located next to the award-winning Hyderabad International Convention Centre, it is a preferred destination for meetings, conferences, and exhibitions. The dedicated convention centre can host events for up to 6,000 guests, and the hotel itself comes with three banquet halls and a ballroom to host relatively smaller gatherings. While the hotel’s 288 rooms accommodate guests comfortably, 15 acres of landscaped gardens double up as outdoor venues and separate you from the urban din of the surroundings. Starts from INR 4,500.
A stunning hotel that soars towards the sky on Mangaldas Road, Conrad Pune marries refined luxury with bespoke hospitality. Located two kilometres from Koregaon Park, it offers 340 guest rooms, 12 meeting rooms, over 1,100 square metres of event space, and the capability to host an event with up to 1,200 guests. The design scheme is thoroughly infused with Art Deco motifs and opulent furnishing, lending the hotel a stylish ambience. Home to six F&B outlets, the hotel serves an impeccable culinary experience marked by authentic Japanese fare at Koji, fresh seafood at Zeera, and refreshing drinks at the plush Masu Bar. A dedicated rejuvenation floor, featuring an outdoor pool, spa, and 24-hour fitness centre, further enhance the stay experience. Starts from INR 7,875.
FORTUNE PARK PANCHWATI, KOLKATA
Under the umbrella of ITC Hotels, Fortune Park Panchwati, Kolkata is a contemporary hotel located on Kona Expressway. It features 67 guestrooms and banquet spaces that can host up to 700 guests. With a 24-hour restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, an outdoor pool, and a business centre, it makes for a comfortable stay. The city’s landmark attractions, like Park Street and Victoria Memorial, are within a 15-kilometre radius, while the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport can be reached in 45 minutes. Starts from INR 4,500.