Business and leisure travelers differ in terms of wants and needs. Location, amenities, and wifi are the most important things for a business traveler. With the rise of the sharing economy and its increased quality of service, business travelers now have a wider spectrum of choices that extend far from a regular and traditional stay in the hotels.
Here are some of the best accommodation options for business travelers;
Hotels are still the number one pick for many business travelers. As already mentioned, business travelers value connectivity and location more than anything. Hotels that cater to business travelers are very close to congress halls, conference centers etc. and that is why they’re the obvious choice. Time is money! Another thing is wifi connectivity. Business travelers are always connected, you can see them working even on the go and that’s why free and fast wifi connection is a must.
Business hotels also have their own conference halls, laptop workstations, translation and photocopying services, free smartphones to use etc.
They are the best option for people who are traveling for less than a week but who want to enjoy the maximum service and for people who are traveling alone. However, if your work requires you to stay in a certain destination much longer, then next option (read on!) could be a much better and affordable solution!
A recent trend that has emerged in the travel industry are serviced apartments. They are a great alternative for business travelers as they can be much more budget friendlier than hotels. They are also suitable for leisure travelers or for business people who are on a trip with family and who could use well the extra rooms in the apartment.
MetroResidences are a great example of this. Just like hotels, serviced apartments are equipped with WiFi and are centrally located. Their biggest advantage to hotels is definitely more space and a more affordable price.
In a way, serviced apartments can be a home away from home. Now more than ever travelers are looking for a more personalized travel experience. If staying in a destination for a longer period of time, this option can be really great. You get more space and the privacy of a home, without losing the quality experience as hotel-like services are still available.
The last options are apartments and home stays. This is perhaps the least luxurious option with fewer amenities that could be found in hotels or serviced apartments but are also the most affordable one. Sites like Airbnb or Booking are the best for finding an apartment or a home to rent.
They can be a better fit for entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads and University researchers who might be in search of a long term accommodation. Business people working for companies can also benefit from this. If you don’t need most of the amenities that are found in a hotel and just want some privacy and peace for yourself, cook your own meals and invite friends over – then renting someone’s home could be the best fit for you.
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