Tamara Hinson


Hotels • February 2016

The coolest boutique hotels for business travellers

Mix business with pleasure at hotels that are anything but bland. From conference rooms to classic cars, travel writer Tamara Hinson reveals the best places to check in


San Francisco

At downtown Hotel Zetta there are Macs in the lobby and the mural-filled meeting rooms have huge corkboard walls for brainstorming sessions. The G-LINK connectivity in every room allows guests to connect smartphones to televisions, but when it’s time to de-stress, you can head to the console-packed Playroom or the lobby, where there’s a pool table, ping pong, giant Jenga and a Plinko game wall. Double rooms from £187 per night.
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New York

Guests at the Eventi Hotel needn’t worry if their computer has an epic fail, because laptops, Kindles, Go Pros and other essentials can be borrowed from reception. The hotel itself feels a million miles from your standard business hotel, thanks in part to its huge selection of carefully curated artwork. Don’t miss the nightly wine hour in the lobby, a great way to woo clients without maxing out the credit card. Double rooms from £75 per night.
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Enjoy the luxurious side of business travel at Boston’s XV Beacon, housed in a stylish Beaux Arts building. Guests can enjoy complimentary chauffeured rides downtown, while the onsite Mooo steakhouse is a great place to thrash out that contract. If you need a hideaway, the wine cellar’s private dining room makes an elegant venue. Double rooms from £264 per night.
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London (almost)

Business types with a need for speed will love the Brooklands Hotel, situated on the footprint of the world’s first purpose-built racing track, near Heathrow. Petrol heads should visit the Brooklands Museum to see its classic cars, or schedule a meeting in the Napier Suite for views of the Mercedes-Benz World testing track. Staff can happily arrange a high-speed experience to blow away boardroom blues. Double rooms from £149 per night.
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Conducting business on a budget? The stylish Wanderlust hotel is located on the edge of Little India, with the business district only a short MRT ride away, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to working lunch locations. There are complimentary soft drinks and free local calls, and we love the artistic lobby where the walls are covered in vintage posters. Double rooms from £75 per night.
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At the Hotel Barceló Málaga, in the city centre atop the Maria Zambrano train station, there’s a giant pair of lips in the lobby, murals in the bedrooms and a slide that connects the first floor to reception – allowing for a hasty exit if ever it’s needed. The hotel has a convention centre, which features 16 rooms that can be transformed into one larger space. Double rooms from £103 per night.
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