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Best Hotels For Business Travelers
Some changes might be attributed to a change in the scoring system this year (from a six- to five-point scale) and a new criterion consistency.
In the luxury tier, St. Regis/Luxury Collection, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, won top marks for business, achieving high marks for physical appearance, hotel staff, sales staff, business centers, business and in-room amenities and price/value comparison. They narrowly beat out Ritz-Carlton. Former industry winner Four Seasons dropped to fifth place, behind Waldorf=Astoria and Mandarin Oriental.
Even in a tough economy, "luxury hotels have rebounded powerfully," wrote author Michael Baker in the September 10 issue of Business Travel News, even reaching pre-recession levels.
James Vanderslice, Hilton's global head of luxury and lifestyle brands, explained why in the article.
"Our travel partners have realized there's actually efficiency to having a meeting or event at a luxury hotel because of the facilities and services we provide."
"Upper Upscale" businesses also showed growth, with the W hotels brand edging out JW Marriott by one one-hundredth of a point. Upscale travelers preferred Embassy Suites, which beat out Doubletree hotels, also by just one one-hundredth of a point. Embassy Suites were viewed as the most consistent and best value, while Doubletree won for physical appearance.
Will this change where you stay as a business traveler?