Keys to a great hotel for business travelers

May 31, 2014 |

A hotel room becomes a home away from home for those out on business travel, so it’s essential that these rooms meet the needs and wants to make a trip successful both personally and professionally.

Business travelers can look for key things when booking a hotel room to help make the trip as enjoyable as possible:

  • A quiet hotel can allow you to get the good night’s rest you’ll need before a big meeting the following day. It can sometimes be more expensive to book a room on a higher floor away from street-level noise, but if being on the ground is the only choice, have an air conditioner on to create a white noise and help you sleep.
  • Everything is on the Internet in today’s technology-driven world, so make sure the hotel you choose has reliable, high-speed access. When you’re in the hotel room, you’ll want to be able to check emails or call into the office.
  • Be sure there are plenty of power outlets to allow you to hook up your devices and charge them. You’ll also want to check out the working areas in a hotel’s rooms since you’ll likely be spending time sitting at them.
  • Appearing clean and crisp for a meeting is important, so check to make sure your hotel has a quality iron and ironing board.

Tips for simplifying your next business trip
Being on the road a lot for a job can be stressful. That’s why there are ways to make your next trip a little easier on yourself.

  • Before you head out on your next business trip, download travel apps that can help you locate things like the cheapest gas, currency conversion rates or reserve a table at a popular restaurant. Apps will keep you from doing Internet searches on nearby locations and save you a lot of time. Travel and Transport’s eTTek Dash mobile app provides business travelers with many of these invaluable features in addition to personalized itinerary information.
  • Program your phone’s GPS or maps system before you even leave the house. This will make it easier while out on the road and save addresses for hotels, airports and meeting locations so you aren’t scrambling to look them up at the last minute.
  • Forget about business when you get home by organizing your receipts as you get them or before you head back. There are apps that will allow you to take pictures of your receipts and save them for easier tax preparation at the end of the year or to submit to your company for reimbursement while also making the trip less stressful.
  • Rather than bringing a bag full of different chargers, bring one that can accommodate multiple items. This will not only simplify your travel but add room to your suitcase.
  • Prevent wrinkles and save yourself from spending time ironing by rolling your outfits and packing them into your suitcase. The best way to fly during a business trip is by carrying the smallest number of bags you can. That means trying to limit it to just a carry-on to save time at the check-in counter.