Booking a hotel for business purposes requires quite a bit of research to get right. If you’ve ever been in the unfortunate situation of getting it wrong on a business trip, then you know just how important it is.
After all, you are there to get business done, and you cannot afford to struggle with a few basic things that could have been sorted before you even got on the plane or in your car. If you are booking a hotel on behalf of someone else, then you need to pay particular care in choosing a suitable hotel.
So, what do you need to look for? Well, have different preferences, and we would all like to stay five stars, but it’s not always practical. Here are three great tips that you can use as a guideline and its really practical and will help you regardless of your personal preferences.
If you are in business, then the location of the hotel is one of the most important considerations. Firstly you need to consider the proximity to the airport, or if you are driving, you need to access the vicinity carefully – especially in big cities where traffic can be slow. Also, consider your business activities while you are in the hotel. You don’t want to be too far away from where you need to be for your business activities.
Being away from home and away from your family is something that most business people know all too well. Hotels can get very cramped and depressing – especially on extended business trips. You must keep this in mind and make sure that the hotel offers enough facilities for relaxation. Also, make sure that some of the necessary facilities will be provided for someone in business so that they can run a mobile office from their hotel room.
In the end, most decisions are driven by cost. If this trip is for business purposes, then some tax advantages can be factored in. If there have been arrangements for travel expenses with clients, then obviously the budget is less of a concern. Spend as little or as much as you are comfortable with but always try and strike a balance between price and comfort – especially on an extended trip where you will spend a lot of time in hotels. You might even consider looking into corporate apartments or extended stay hotels if you intend to stay for more than a month.