• What makes a great hotel for business travellers?

    High-speed Internet access and power points a’plenty are staples of any decent hotel room, yet it takes much more for a property to truly shine. When travelling for work, here’s what I look for in a great business hotel: 1. 24-hour check-in and room service Hotels are practically a...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2015 6 Comments

  • What makes a great hotel bathroom?

    We've all been there: checked into a decent hotel, settled into a very nice room – only to be let down by a sub-standard bathroom. And these days that standard is continually being raised as hotels invest more effort, and money, into their bathrooms. From brand name amenities and heated m...

    POSTED 24 Apr, 2014 20 Comments

  • Pullman opens first London hotel at St Pancras Eurostar station

    The first Pullman business hotel in the UK has opened, right next to Eurostar hub St Pancras International. It's a conversion of the former Novotel next to the railway station. Pullman is the business brand from Accor, better known for its Sofitel, Novotel, MGallery and Mercure locations in Aust...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2012 1 Comment

  • Five tips of the business travel pros

    It's never to late to pick up some new tricks to streamline your business travel. Here are five of our favourites. Ditch hotel Internet for 3G mobile broadband Most Australian hotels charge upwards of $20 per day for in-room Internet access. Stay for just three nights per month and you may as w...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2012 3 Comments

  • InterContinental London Westminster opens: new hotel in Whitehall

    Business travellers heading to London will have another option from later this month, when the InterContinental London Westminster opens inside a historic building near Trafalgar Square. A new restaurant -- the Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar -- will join Emmeline's cocktail and champagne bar and t...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2012 1 Comment

  • Hotel hack: skip hotel form-filling with a business card

    Sick of filling out hotel registration forms with your name, address, phone numbers and so on? Save the time and repetition by simply handing the receptionist a business card to staple to the form. I've been using this trick for years and it's proven useful many times over -- but I'm always surp...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2012 2 Comments

  • Sydney's boutique Harbour Rocks Hotel becomes Accor MGallery

    Business travellers heading to Sydney have a new boutique hotel option -- that still lets them earn Accor points -- with the Sydney Harbour Rocks Hotel turning into an MGallery hotel. Situated in a gorgeous suite of buildings at 34 Harrington Street in The Rocks, the heritage Harbour Rocks Hotel...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • How five of our favourite hotel trends improve business travel

    Like many business travellers, we spend much of our time in hotels, running into those little touches that make staying in a hotel more convenient. They're trends we like because they take away some of the annoyances and frustrations of getting yourself set up and packed away, make hotels feel a...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2012 11 Comments

  • Swire Hotels' EAST, Beijing opens in September

    Business travellers in Beijing will have a brand-new hotel option in the Chinese capital when the new EAST hotel opens this September. It's the second Beijing hotel -- after The Opposite House in Sanlitun -- from Hong Kong-based Swire (who you may know as part-owners of Cathay Pacific), and the ...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2012 0 Comments

  • Are business travellers becoming 'business tourists'?

    It's a rare business traveller who wouldn't like to take an extra day in a new or favourite city to make the most of their time on the road, or to stop over on the way home for a bit of R&R. But Australian corporate travel and expense management specialists FCm -- part of the Flight Centre o...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2012 4 Comments

  • Hotel tip: keep a standard form letter file for hotel requests

    When was the last time you thought "hey, this hotel website is well-designed and informative, giving me all the information I needed to know as a business traveller"? It's pretty rare that the kind of information you want is all there, together, so you have to email the hotel for the stuff you r...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2012 2 Comments

  • Things we want: reasonable hotel laundry prices

    How many times has this happened to you: you've packed enough for your business trip, with a couple of spare changes of clothes as backup, but suddenly you're being sent off to another city for a surprise set of meetings. Being a no-nonsense type, you don't need or want the full hotel laundry se...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2012 8 Comments

  • New "Club Sandwich Index" compares hotel food prices worldwide

    We've all heard of the Big Mac Index or the latte index – using global products to compare the cost of living in various cities and countries against the US dollar. But what happens to your purchasing power parity when you've arrived at a hotel late at night, absolutely starving and lookin...

    POSTED 14 May, 2012 1 Comment

  • New rooms at The Sebel & Citigate King George Square Brisbane

    Business travellers have a new option in Brisbane with the new Sebel Premium rooms at The Sebel & Citigate King George Square aimed squarely at the business market. Sebel Premium replaces the previous Business Floor concept, between the tenth and fifteenth floors in the Sebel part of what is...

    POSTED 16 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • Sofitel opens Auckland Viaduct Harbour waterfront hotel

    Business travellers heading across the Tasman have a new top-notch option for hotels in Auckland with the recent opening of the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. The Sofitel sits just to the west of Auckland's city centre in the relatively new Viaduct Harbour district, with easy access to town a...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • Apartment hotels on the rise in Australia

    Australia seems to be the land of 'apartment hotels', with an ever-increasing number rising up newly built or converted from existing buildings in our CBDs, around our airports and in business-focussed areas. Australian Business Traveller sat down with Kent Davidson, Group Director of Sales...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • PHOTO TOUR: stylish Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel suites, Paris

    Paris' Mandarin Oriental has unveiled its sumptuously decorated suites, following the hotel's opening earlier this year. If your budget swings to it, especially if you have the time to enjoy them, they look absolutely stunning. The Mandarin Oriental Paris is located at 250 Rue Saint-Honor&eacu...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2011 1 Comment

  • 5 things which make a great airport hotel for business travellers

    Most business travellers have logged plenty of time in airport hotels. Some are a haven, even an unexpected oasis, with the services you'd expect from any five-star hotel. Sadly, others seem to trade only on the convenience of being a short walk from the terminal, and totally lacking in the ...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • New business hotel in Indonesia: Pullman Jakarta Central Park

    Business travellers can add another international-standard business hotel in Jakarta to their list with the opening of the Pullman Jakarta Central Park in Indonesia's capital. The Pullman -- the business-level hotel brand from the Accor group, which also includes Novotel and Sofitel -- sits in P...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • Do hotel rooms really need a desk these days?

    Is a writing desk a must-have for a business traveller's hotel room? If you'd asked me that question a year ago, even six months ago, I'd have replied with as near-definitive 'Yes'. Of course business travellers need a desk in their hotel room. And not just any desk but one with easil...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 13 Comments

  • Melbourne: Mantra on the Park apartment hotel completes revamp

    Melbourne apartment hotel Mantra on the Park has just completed a full upgrade to all its 144 rooms. Located at the top end of Exhibition street, the hotel is one of the numerous apartment hotels finding favour with business travellers who want more than just a room to stay in on their trip. Ma...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel routers: how to set up a WiFi hotspot in your hotel room

    Tired of having to use your laptop at your hotel room desk? A small wireless router can help you convert a wired hotel room internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can then connect your laptop, iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry to the Wi-Fi, without paying extra hotel charges. Using the interne...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2011 6 Comments

  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne completes redesign of all 548 hotel rooms

    The Grand Hyatt Melbourne has just completed the refurbishment of all of its guest rooms, with what the hotel hopes is the ideal in-room work area for business travellers. Getting work done in hotel rooms is often a tricky combination of perching on an uncomfortable (yet sometimes stylish) desk ...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • New Marriott smartphone apps for iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, Android

    Marriott has fleshed out its suite of hotel apps for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry, which let business travellers find hotels, make reservations, check Rewards points and manage upcoming bookings. It's great to see a hotel focussing on the BlackBerry and Android market in addition to iPhon...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Business travellers' top hotel hates: what we want to see changed

    As business travellers ourselves, we stay in a lot of hotels in a lot of different cities and countries. Many of them are fantastic -- but there are certain bugbears that just start getting on business travellers' nerves. The Australian Business Traveller team has put together our top five -- so...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2011 7 Comments

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