The UK’s best business hotels 2020
Business travel and accommodation is an unavoidable expense for some companies, and managing business travel costs can be tricky. When employees are travelling, it becomes more difficult to manage their company spending.
Providing your team with prepaid company cards, such as Soldo, allows you to control specific budgets and ensures that your employees are not left out of pocket whilst travelling.
We’ve put together a selection of the best business hotels in the UK which offer visitors those all-important extra touches.
Modern styling, complimentary minibars and a choice of six bars and restaurants help the Andaz to deliver five-star luxury standards. With 14 separate event spaces, offering conference facilities for up to 250 delegates or up to 500 party guests, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to experience the diversity of the surrounding Shoreditch neighbourhood. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars in East London within easy reach if you’re looking for places to unwind.
The Grand, York
Built as a location for the railway companies to do business in the early 20th Century, The Grand still offers businesses a taste of luxury today. The superb meeting, conference and event facilities are backed by a variety of room options and even an in-house spa.
Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh
Superb rail, road and air links together make Edinburgh a popular destination for business meetings. The Radisson Collection Hotel boasts luxurious modern detailing in the heart of this thriving city. With its excellent location, on-site restaurant and bar, guests can be sure to have an enjoyable and successful business trip.
Mandarin Oriental, London
Recently the subject of a multi-million-pound restoration project, the Mandarin Oriental is a byword for luxury. Unrivalled event facilities make this the go-to choice for busy executives who need to be in the heart of the UK’s capital city. While the location of this incredible hotel is great for meeting up with clients for a post-meeting drink or meal, the central location means high entertainment costs.
The Lowry, Manchester
From boardrooms to ballrooms, The Lowry can provide meeting and conference facilities for every type of business function. If your employee expense policy is flexible, there are a choice of therapies and experiences at the on-site spa, all within easy reach of rail, road and air links.
If you’re looking for places to take clients in Manchester, The Lowry is a great option with its onsite bar and restaurant.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London
Rooms with a view don’t come much better than the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard. Overlooking the cityscape, the Shangri-La offers a choice of three separate event spaces, all boasting floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s an on-site gym, a Sky Pool, and a selection of great restaurants and bars too.
Park Plaza, Cardiff
The Park Plaza delivers up four-star luxury to business travellers in the very heart of Cardiff. Elegant rooms are backed by a vast choice of function rooms, catering for small meetings through to large conferences. And at the end of a busy day, employees can enjoy a leisurely swim at the in-house spa.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool
A recently-restored and renovated hotel in the heart of Liverpool, DoubleTree by Hilton offers business travellers a range of rooms and suites. The hotel is ideally situated, being close to the Echo Arena and the ACC Liverpool Conference Centre. The city’s business district is within easy walking distance, as are some superb restaurants too.
The Savoy London
With a long-established reputation for elegance, The Savoy needs no introduction. Situated in the heart of London, guests can choose whether to select rooms based around Edwardian opulence or a more modern, Art Deco style. At the top end of the range, suites even come with their own private Butler! Step out from the hotel directly into the heart of Covent Garden.
Should employees find themselves with a flexible entertainment expenses budget and some free time, ballet, opera and theatre choices are almost on the doorstep of the hotel.
With high-speed internet access available free of charge to all guests, Aloft has its eye firmly on the modern business traveller. This Grade II listed building, formerly the Royal Insurance Building, has been given a modern upgrade, with the Aloft Hotel re:fuel snack bar, re:mix lounge and a choice of drinks at the WXYZ bar. The Liverpool Echo Arena and Convention Centre are just a short stroll away, making it a great location when business conferences and events take place.
Park Regis Birmingham
Situated on Broad Street, in the heart of Birmingham, Park Regis is a modern hotel built with the business traveller in mind. In addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, each room offers a generously-proportioned desk, a safe large enough to hold a laptop computer and blackout curtains as standard. Upgrade to an Executive room, and you’ll also benefit from a well-stocked minibar and a Nespresso machine, complete with pods.
If you’re entertaining clients in Birmingham during your stay, you won’t fall short of options here. Birmingham offers plenty of opportunities for memorable experiences for both you and your clients!
Vermont Hotel, Newcastle
You can conduct business in the heart of Newcastle when you stay at the luxuriously-appointed Vermont Hotel. A choice of meeting rooms can cater for the smallest of meetings through to the largest of events, with carefully-tailored packages designed with the business traveller in mind. The hotel even boasts an exclusive Breakfast Networking Package to get your working day off to the best possible start.
The Bristol Hotel, Bristol
There’s a variety of room options at The Bristol Hotel, making it appropriate for most company budgets. The hotel is also able to offer business guests a choice of meeting rooms, all of which are within its very own Meetings and Events Centre. Inside you’ll find a dedicated lobby and lounge area, as well as a private bar.
Great Northern Hotel, London
Ideally located, just yards away from the Eurostar terminal and Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, the Great Northern Hotel offers a slice of luxury that dates back to 1854. Ideally positioned for business travellers, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all of its public areas and also provides wired access for paying guests.
CitizenM Shoreditch, London
Based on the needs of the modern-day business traveller, CitizenM Shoreditch adopts a less than traditional approach. Executives without their own offices can purchase a one-day working pass for just £15, allowing them to work all day in the hotel’s lounge. Also includes unlimited superfast Wi-Fi and black-and-white printing free of charge from the communal iMac. Guests even get exclusive access to some Tower of London events too!
Don’t forget to keep a record of your receipts if you do any socialising with staff or clients on your travels, this will help when logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT upon your return.