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Book It: The Best Hotels for Business Travel

Book It: The Best Hotels for Business Travel

Charles DuBow, Business Week Travel Blog

With some budget hotels offering free in-room Wi-Fi, ergonomic work spaces, high-thread-count linens and rewards programs, you might want to consider trading down, at least for short trips. In any price range, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz can be good places to start. Hotels.com finds rates on more than 70,000 properties worldwide; Priceline lets you request particular hotels. The reviews at Trip­Advisor.com sometimes include ratings of business services. Lastly, hotels’ own Web sites often offer specials—good ones—not found elsewhere.

Economy (average price $75/night)

Microtel Inns & Suites are rated by J.D. Power & Associates (like BusinessWeek, a part of McGraw-Hill) as highest in its class for overall satisfaction thanks to cozy rooms, comfy beds, ease of booking, and speed of checking in and out.

The Days Inn chain has hotel locations in all major U.S. cities and some international business capitals. You can book a one-night stay in Chicago for $130 and in Beijing for $50. The hotels also offer package deals which include airport shuttle service, parking privileges, and accommodations for a fixed discount price.

The Hôtel Campanile chain is a popular choice if you’re traveling in Western Europe on a budget. A single right stay in Paris will cost around $150. If you take advantage of package discounts such as the three-night stay for the price of two you can pay as little at $80 per night.

The Tulip Inn chain is part of the Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns & Resorts, which runs both luxury and budget hotels in most major European cities (with the surprising exception of London) as wells as a few locations in Africa and the Middle East. The cost of a one-night stay in a standard room is around $130.

Mid-Scale(average price $120/night)

The big player here is Hilton Garden Inn, with Hyatt Place and Best Western making a concerted effort. Hilton Garden took top honors in the J.D. Power poll, with 24-hour business centers, restaurants, and lounges. Hyatt Place offers 42-inch flat-panel tvs, separate work and living spaces, and free Wi-Fi.

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