The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland (scroll down for more) It doesnt get better for the business traveller than The Dolder Grand, which won the 2009 Wallpaper* award for Best New or Renovated Hotel. Recently re-opened, the hotel is an island in the city, an urban resort that sits high above the orderly bustle of Zurich. The curvaceous arms of Foster + Partnerss new wings embrace the fully restored 100-year-old original structure. New insertions with interiors by United Designers include four of the most opulent super suites imaginable, a large ballroom and a fully fledged spa (pictured).
Address: Kurhausstrasse 65
Tel: 41.44 456 6000
Rates: From 540
Business amenities: Six meeting rooms: two adjoining libraries, three garden salons and a ballroom; complimentary printing and fax services; laptops available for hire; and complimentary wireless internet access in business centre.
Rooms: 173 rooms. In-room complimentary wireless internet access, large writing desk and Kersten Florian cosmetics.
Leisure:Separate spas for men and women, 19 treatment rooms, two spa suites for exclusive private use and whirlpools on terrace make this property an exceptional place to relax and rejuvenate.
Restaurants: The Restaurant offers a gourmet experience by chef Heiko Nieder, while the sophisticated Garden Restaurant features a wide variety of European dishes. In the Bar, an extraordinary light scheme creates a stylish ambience and live piano music adds to its unique atmosphere.
Citizen M Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Scroll down for more) The first Citizen M hotel at Schiphol Airport a 300m walk to the terminal demonstrates the groups stacked shipping-container model. We think its more affordable than budget. The design has a real sense of style. The 14 sq m rooms, created by Dutch design firm Concrete, are the height of functional space design. They come with super-king-size beds and offer the perfect lounge area from which to watch television on the flat LCD screen, enjoy free movies, work on your laptop or listen to a selection of music channels.
Address: Jan Plezierweg 2, 1118 BB Schiphol
Tel: 31.20 811 7080
Rates: From 77
Business amenities: Complimentary wireless internet available throughout the hotel, reduced-rate international calls to landlines and touch screen check-in.
Rooms: 230 rooms. In-room complimentary wireless access; flatscreen television with complimentary on-demand movies; Philips Mood pad to control lighting, blinds and music; and international plug sockets.
Leisure: Adjacent to the self-serve Canteen M is the ground-floor lounge, furnished with a carefully curated collection of products from Vitras public, office and home divisions.
Restaurants: The 24-hour Canteen M offers sandwiches, salads, sushi, warm dishes and more. In the evening, the bar offers fine spirits, cocktails, champagne and fresh draught beer.
Me Barcelona, Spain (Scroll down for more) Designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, this visually stunning 30-storey glass tower block commands magnificent views of the mountains of Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Communal areas are modern and stylish with upbeat world music, bold modern artworks, and energetic and well-groomed staff. Guests are in for a treat when they discover the hotels sixth-floor outdoor pool and deck enhanced by a Chocolate Bar.
Address: Pere IV, 272 286
Tel: 34.933 672 050
Rates: From 160 for rooms, 500 for suites
Business amenities: Conference facilities (catering for 14 to 500 people with full audio-visual services), comprising of seven studios, three ballrooms, a library and an evolution room; four computers for guests to use in the 24-hour business centre; printing and fax services for a small charge; secretarial and translation services can be arranged for a fee.
Rooms: 259 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet access and Aveda cosmetics.
Leisure: A 24-hour gym and Yhi Spa offers personal wellness valets and hydrotherapy. Swimming pool and sun deck.
Restaurants: The Sky Food Bar (pictured) serves fresh local food, while Dos Cielos offers gourmet Catalan creations by chefs Javier and Sergio Torres. Theres also a rock music-themed cocktail bar, Angels & Kings Club, on the sixth floor.
Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace, Bruges, Belgium (Scroll down for more) The Kempinski Hotel Dukes Palace is the first five-star hotel in this historic city. The 15th-century castle setting of this hotel makes it irresistible.
Address: Prinsenhof 8, 8000 Bruges
Tel: 32.50 447 888
Rates: From 150 for rooms, 250 for suites
Business amenities: Large theatre-style meeting room with private terrace (seats 240), boardroom for up to 12 people and a smaller theatre-style meeting room which seats 35 people; complimentary wired internet access in the business centre; laptop hire; complimentary fax and printing services available at reception; and complimentary valet parking.
Rooms: 93 rooms, including 22 suites of which six are heritage-listed. In-room wireless internet connection (6.95 per hour), flatscreen television and Molten Brown cosmetics.
Leisure: The hotel has a gym, a swimming pool, a sauna and a hammam.
Restaurants:Manuscript offers exquisite Belgian dining, including home-made goose liver pasty and desserts such as sabayon with Brugge Tripel beer. The bar Atelier overlooks a 3,000 sq m garden.
Four Seasons Hotel, Florence, Italy (scroll down for more) Steeped in history and brimming with original frescoes, bas-reliefs, stucco finishes and hand-painted silk wallpapers, the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence blends ancient charm and Renaissance art with high-tech modern comforts. It has 116 guest rooms and suites (pictured), with no two that look alike. Theyre all housed either in a former 16th-century convent or in a 15th-century palazzo. All the rooms enjoy fantastic views but what steals the show are the 4.5 hectares of botanical gardens.
Address: Borgo Pinti 99, 50121
Tel: 39.055 26261
Rates: From 295
Business amenities: Printer and fax facility on request; complimentary internet access in the business centre; two shared computers for guests; several different-sized meeting rooms and function spaces; mobile phone hire; and digital camera hire.
Rooms: 116 rooms and suites. In-room wireless internet access (22 for 24 hours), DVD player and iPod.
Leisure: This is the only hotel in the heart of Florence with an on-site gym and spa, including outdoor pool and whirlpools.
Restaurants: Located on the ground floor of the Palazzo della Gherardesca, Il Palagio features vaulted ceilings, elegant décor and lovely views of the inner gardens. Large French doors open to a terrace that offers al fresco dining during clement weather. The seasonal menu features local specialities and exceptional Italian wines.
The George Hotel, Hamburg, Germany (scroll down for more) The George is a new addition to Hamburgs boutique hotel scene. Hotelier Kai Hollmanns vision has combined the solid elegance of a London gentlemans club and the clarity of Germanic design.
Address: Barcastrasse 3, St George
Tel: 49.4 0280 0300
Rates: From 166
Business amenities: The library can be hired to host meetings of up to six people.
Rooms: 125 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet access, flatscreen television, iHome sound system and cosmetics from The White Company.
Leisure: With a fully stocked library, a terrace featuring a sauna and offering amazing views of the city, and two private club rooms, the George offers more than enough to keep even the most restless guests entertained.
Restaurants: The Italian eatery Da Calo (pictured) is a real treat, offering hearty Mediterranean cuisine, including delicious lasagne with scallops, pea sauce and bottarga.Italian wines.
Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (scroll down for more) On the European bank of the Bosphorus, Four Seasons is housed in a gorgeous 19th-century palace. All rooms have wonderful views, either of the waterfront, gardens or the city. They blend Ottoman design with mahogany furnishings. The Palace Roof Suite is perfectly appointed, with a great terrace offering 180-degree views of the Bosphorus and the old town.
Address: Çira˘gan Cad 28, Be¸sikta¸s
Tel: 90.212 381 4000
Rates: From 300
Business amenities: Nine meeting spaces, including two ballrooms; complimentary internet access in the business centre; photocopying and printing; fax at reception; laptops available for 30 per day; payable one-hour pressing service and same-day laundry; complimentary shoeshine; car rental desk; and airport transfers available for 100.
Rooms:166 rooms, including 25 suites. In-room wireless and wired internet access (15 per day), DVD player and plasma television.
Leisure: The huge 2,100 sq m spa has ten luxurious treatment rooms (including a private spa suite for two), steam rooms, saunas, mens and womens hammams, and a skylit indoor pool. In-room massage is also available on request. The modern fitness centre is well equipped, and the heated outdoor pool has views over the Bosphorus.
Restaurants: Aqua features fine Mediterranean cuisine, with Italian and Turkish specialities. The Pool Bar and Grill offers light meals and snacks. The Lobby Bar and Lounge serves tea and cocktails.
Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas, Turkey (scroll down for more) Set in the fashionable Ni¸santa¸si residential and shopping district of Istanbul, the Maçka Palas Park Hyatt combines the historic architectural style of art deco buildings with contemporary interior design.
Address: Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak 4
Tel: 90.212 315 1234
Rates: From 250
Business amenities: 24-hour business centre; complimentary internet access; printer, laptop available to borrow; e-concierge service offering online activity preplanning service; daily laundry and dry-cleaning services.
Rooms:90 rooms, including ten suites In-room wireless and wired internet access (18 per day or complimentary for Gold, Platinum and Diamond Passport holders); iPod docking stations; DVD players; and Blaise Mautin cosmetics.
Leisure: The fitness centre is open 24 hours and offers an outdoor pool and spa with two saunas, three treatment rooms, a hammam and a relaxation area.
Restaurants: The Prime specialises in seafood prepared on a charcoal grill, while the Lounge offers à la carte dining and high tea. The Wine Lounge (bottom) has a wide selection of vintage wines and champagnes, and the Terrace specialises in cocktails and snacks.
Boundary, London, United Kingdom (scroll down for more) Boundary, the newest project from Sir Terence Conran, is a star player in Londons East End. Located in a converted Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, close to Liverpool Street, the Boundary is also an enclave of calm on the edge of the city of London. The rooms and duplex are large by London standards (the smallest is 31 sq m) and good value considering the great location.
Address: 2-4 Boundary Street,Shoreditch E2 7JE
Tel: 44.20 7729 1051
Rates: From £225 for rooms, £350 for suites
Business amenities: Boundary can host events of up to 200 in a variety of interesting spaces, from dinner in a private dining room to a drinks party in one of its luxurious suites. Fax and printing services are available from reception.
Rooms: 12 rooms, four suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet access; television and DVD player; iPod docking station; and REN cosmetics.
Leisure: Works of more than 50 artists, photographers and graphic designers are on display throughout the building.
Restaurants: Boundary restaurant (pictured) offers classic French and English recipes with a focus on fresh seasonal produce. The Albion, a British cafe, serves traditional staples such as fish and chips, pies and fruit crumbles.
St Jamess Hotel and Club, London, United Kingdom (scroll down for more) Founded in 1892 for travelling diplomats, the former gentlemens club St Jamess has been refurbished the interiors are by AMJ Design and expanded into a chic boutique hotel operated by Althoff Hotels. We love the two top-floor suites, which can be linked into a single penthouse with private roof terrace.
Address: 7-8 Park Place, St Jamess SW1A 1LS
Tel: 44.20 7316 1600
Rates: From £210 for rooms, £410 for suites
Business amenities: Complimentary wireless internet access in the business centre; four private-hire spaces which can be used for dining, entertaining or conferencing; printing and fax service available from reception; and a computer for guests use
Rooms: 60 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet connection; flatscreen television with VDA system (providing access to internet, games and movies); iPod docking station; and LOccitane cosmetics.
Leisure: Guests have complimentary access to the nearby Mayfair Hotels gym.
Restaurants: Andaman, headed by Philipp Vogel, serves modern Mediterranean cuisine with a sophisticated Asian twist.
Albert Premier Hotel, Luxembourg (scroll down for more) This small hotel has been a Luxembourg institution for more than a decade. Following a recent refurbishment, the hotel has once again become the citys premier destination for business travellers. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city, only five minutes from the train station and 15 minutes from the airport.
Address: 2a rue Albert 1er
Tel: 352.4 424421
Rates: From 150 for rooms, 480 for suites
Business amenities: Meeting room, with audio-visual
facilities, for up to 12 people
Rooms: 40 rooms and suites. In-room complimentary wired internet access, plasma television and Laura Tonatto cosmetics. DVD player available on request
Leisure:The Albert Premier Spa is an urban retreat to soothe the mind and relax the body. It offers individualised programmes combining fitness and rejuvenating treatments to its guests. A fitness centre and a hammam are also available to guests.
Restaurants: Restaurant Pecci offers Italian and Asian cuisine from chef Jean-Marc Tallone. Dishes include sushi and sashimi platters, radicchio risotto and home-made pasta. During summer months, the terrace offers an excellent sun-drenched space for enjoying cocktails.
Mama Shelter, Paris, France (scroll down for more) Located next to Père-Lachaise Cemetery, this new hotel offers great facilities to the business traveller. Guests are provided with international newspapers on request, and have access to communal business centre and an enormous bar with private terraces for post-work drinks.
Address: 109 rue de Bagnolet, 75020
Tel: 33.1 43 48 48 48
Rates: From 79
Business amenities: Large meeting room available for hire; access to computer at reception; and complimentary copying, fax and printing service.
Rooms: 172 rooms. In-room 24-inch iMacs (television, radio, CD and DVD player), complimentary wireless internet access, Kiehls cosmetics and microwave. Each room offers an office area, with a business corner featuring fax and copier.
Leisure:This property offers a four-meter-long Foosball table for eight players in the bar-restaurant area. Scooters can be rented through the hotel at 55 per day or 90 for the weekend.
Restaurants: The ground floor of the hotel features a restaurant with simple family-style dishes conceived by chef Alain Senderens, while the bar offers a tantalising mix of cocktails.
Kempinski Hybernská, Prague, Czech Republic (scroll down for more) Located in central Prague, the hotel is close to both major business addresses and tourist attractions such as the Powder Tower and Municipal House. We love the propertys presidential suite featuring a private terrace and hot tub.
Address: Hybernská 12, 110 00
Tel: 420.226 226 111
Rates: From 266
Business amenities: Four adjacent meeting rooms can be used separately for small groups or combined to create an enormous space for large gatherings; complimentary printing at reception; laptops available to borrow (no charge); mobile phone hire; and BMW car service available for little more than the price of a local taxi.
Rooms: 75 rooms, including 65 suites. In-room complimentary wireless internet connection; Kempinski cosmetics (Molten Brown cosmetics in suites); and large work desks. DVD player and iPod are also available on request.
Leisure:The hotel offers the unique concept of private gym as well as a spa with an extensive menu of different types of treatments, such as hot lava rock massage.
Restaurants: International cuisine is available at Le Grill. Our favourite is grilled corn-fed chicken breast with port wine, shallots, potato and flageolet beans.
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