Work stays are no longer just about conducting business, catching minimal sleep and sending a million emails. For the battle-hardened business traveller, average hotels just don’t cut the mustard. Pleasure is a new priority. Dining with clients, going for drinks, simply lounging in an inspiring environment. If there’s potential to turn a work trip into a holiday, why shouldn’t you? These business hotels in Europe are havens for jetsetting go-getters – striking the perfect balance between modern meetings and creature comforts.
Hotel Bergen Børs: Bergen, Norway
We’re not exaggurating when we say just how central Hotel Bergen Børs is located. From one corner, you’ll look out onto the Fish Market and UNESCO-listed Bryggen. Glide over to the eastern side of the elegant hotel and you’ll spy Torgalmenningen with the Seafarers’ monument. You’re truly in the thick of it. The building itself couldn’t be more perfect for business – once serving as Bergen’s stock exchange for over a century. Chic meeting rooms, state-of-the-art facilities, bar, restaurant and VIP lounge – it’s uncomplicated quality for truly impressive functions and client meetings.
Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Speedy wireless connections can never be a substitute for a hotel bursting in warmth, charm and personality. Despite being built in the 16th century, Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa actually has all of this. Its dedicated business centre is a dream – blending high-powered board meetings or annual conferences with palatial surroundings, imaginative catering and luxe spa treatments. The hotel is a member of the Slovenia Convention Bureau, so expect brilliant temporary and permanent office solutions, fully furnished with workstations, super fast Wi-Fi and even personal assistants.
La Couronne Hotel Restaurant: Solothurn, Switzerland
Boutique meets business in La Couronne – a classicly modern venue with a spacious function room overlooking the splendrous cathedral. From the stucco ceilings to the freestanding baths, La Couronne Hotel Restaurant shrugs off the belief that functional business hotels in Europe need unshowy interiors and basic lodgings. If you’re arranging a business lunch or dinner, the welcoming team will happily prepare a menu for groups over 12 in the hotel’s first-class French restaurant.
Villa Medici Giulini: Milan, Italy
Clients, employees, colleagues: whoever you’re arranging a work meeting, gala dinner or yearly conference for, jaws will drop when they see this location. Conveniently close to Milan and Monza, Villa Medici Giulini is built for business. Cutting-edge technology meets stately style, top-notch cuisine and inspiring function rooms – all faithful to the original, historic design of the building.