Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM ET
Now more than ever, business travelers have to justify every penny spent, and so it has become especially important to know which hotels can give maximum value per travel dollar. These business-friendly properties—in the biggest business centers of the world—will keep you, and your bosses, happy.
Four Seasons Seattle
"One of my favorite hotels," says a reader from North Vancouver, praising the staff for going "out of their way to help, including find scores of a game they don't show in the hotel." Another reader calls this "one of the best hotels in Seattle" because of its central location, one block from Pike Place Market, and its "amazing bay views" and "impeccable" service. "The outdoor pool and whirlpool are a nice distraction," adds another reader from Pennsylvania, "and watching the sun set from the infinity pool was a memory I won't soon forget."
Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
This "iconic grande dame" on Sunset Boulevard celebrates its centennial in 2012 and still "feels more like a home than a hotel." The mission-revival property has a pink stucco facade, terra-cotta-colored roof tiles, Art Deco common areas and brightly colored rooms, while staff "give a whole new meaning to the words warm and gracious." Two 5,000-square-foot Presidential Bungalows opened in 2011 among the banana and palm trees and manicured gardens, and each comes with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, steam showers and a private pool. The Polo Lounge attracts Hollywood executives; Bar Nineteen12, with views of the hotel’s 12 landscaped acres from its terrace, supplies martini Popsicles, sorbets and shots.
St. Regis, San Francisco
A "delicious urban oasis" awaits guests at this 40-story building with hotel rooms and private residences near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square. "The best use of space I’ve ever seen in a hotel room" is achieved through a recessed closet system concealing shelving, drawers, a minibar and a CD/DVD player; rooms also feature Bella Crema marble, leather walls and Mozambique wood doors. The lobby has a 16-foot open fireplace, Zebrano wood and Italian travertine flooring. Breakfast at Vitrine uses seasonal, local ingredients to create items like German caramelized peach pancakes; at lunch, order an organic beef burger. "They know how to treat their guests."
The Curtis, Denver
Our readers like this pop-culture-themed hotel for its "various themed floors" and "fun, friendly atmosphere" that "brings back childhood memories." Business meeting rooms are named after childhood games like Duck Duck Goose, and team-building activities include sessions of Guitar Hero.
Our readers appreciate the "outstanding facilities" here and employees who "do the little little things that make your stay special." And though several readers agree that the "rooms need updating," they appreciate the convenient location "right in the middle of the city."
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