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My ‘Hotel Philosophy’ And How It Can Help You

My ‘Hotel Philosophy’ And How It Can Help You

Date: May 18th, 2018 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Tips & Travel

I started this series, ‘Tips and Travel,’ because I travel a lot for work. Most of the time I do enjoy it, but much of the time, it really is just work – in a different time zone! This is why the hotel that I stay in matters so much to me.

Perhaps the title of this article makes me sound a bit pretentious, but it’s not the case at all. If I’m in a different country and overwhelmed with the unfamiliar, finding the right hotel can actually make a huge difference in my mindset. I’ve put together this checklist to help you find and stay in a great hotel when you’re on business, so you don’t have to be stressed the way I’ve certainly been in the past!

Travel for business is different than travel for holiday

We first must make the distinction between traveling for business and traveling for holiday. When I go away on holiday, I will stay in a small, privately owned boutique hotel. I don’t care about the internet or the lobby – I just want a view and a beautiful room. I love the personal feel of family-owned hotels and I enjoy staying in places that take me away from the corporate world.

But of course, on business, the efficiencies need to be prioritized! All the reasons that I would book a hotel for a holiday are thrown out the window when it comes to business. That being said, here is a checklist of things to look for in a hotel when you’re away on business.

Location, location, location

From my years working in real estate and land development, I can tell you that location is key. Being in an unfamiliar city can be complicated enough. But trying to then make business deals? If you don’t know where you are or how to get around, things can derail very quickly.

This is why I always book a hotel next to where my meetings are, which is usually in the business center of the city. In a new city, you don’t know the transportation system – so you’re stuck with taxis. Well, at least in my case because I philosophically do not agree with Uber, but that’s a story for another day.  

24-hour room service

This might seem a little ‘extra,’ but it makes a difference. When you’ve been traveling, 24/7 room service is a blessing. This is especially true if you have any sort of food allergy, as I do with wheat. You want to be sure that at any time during the day or night you can eat a good meal. Food is fuel and this is true in any city!

Free WiFi

It’s so important to have free WiFi when you’re away on business because you just don’t know what could come up while you’re away.

Don’t get me wrong; I love coffee shops – especially the ones in Argentina. However, you can really only work there for about an hour with an empty cup of coffee before you start getting looks in busy city centers. You must exercise caution if you’re staying in a boutique hotel, as sometimes the WiFi is not free and in fact, can really make an impact on your bill when it’s checkout time. Speaking of checking out…

Early check-ins and late check-outs

This is also a requirement for me –  early check-ins and late check-outs. When you’re not traveling very far, this won’t seem like a big deal. However, if you’ve just spent 8 hours on a plane (perhaps next to a crying baby), you’re not going to want to kill time in the lounge before getting to your hotel room.

The same goes for late checkouts. You already have enough time to kill at the airport. Why take more?

Bonus Tips

I have a few bonus tips to share with you that could help if you’re traveling for work. Hopefully, you’ll find them useful.

Always book through the hotel

I know with today’s comparison culture, it can sometimes be tempting to book when you see a cheaper deal online. This is fine if you’re looking for a discount! However, don’t forget the fact that every third party website, such as Bookings.com or Kayak, actually charge fees. So while the user doesn’t directly pay, someone else does.

Plus, you’ll usually get stuck in the room with the ice machine next to it – which no one wants!

Rewards

Of course, I can’t complete this post without mentioning the varying rewards programs out there when it comes to accommodations. I often book with hotel chains such as the Hilton, Marriott, and Westin to collect points. When I stay at the same hotels across the world, I know they will offer the same services that I need.

What do you look for in a hotel when you’re traveling on business? Stay tuned for more of my tips and travel blogs – coming soon.

Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.

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