It’s perhaps unfortunate that there’s still work to be done, but the best hotels make business travel a pleasure, not a chore. The best business hotels are, almost by definition, among the most luxurious hotels as well, and these are ten of Europe’s absolute best.
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The Park Hyatts of the world are among the finest luxury hotels there are, and when you combine that with Moscow — a city that’s not averse to a bit of extra opulence — you’re in for something truly special.
Imagine a 250-year-old grand hotel that’s been meticulously preserved and provided with all the luxuries and amenities that a brand-new five-star would have, and you’ve got a remarkably complete picture of Copenhagen’s D’Angleterre.
Not only does the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal overlook the royal gardens, mere yards from the Louvre and the Tuileries, but it’s designed by none other than Pierre-Yves Rochon, for the last word in luxury hospitality design.
Magna Pars Suites, a gleaming all-suite hotel on Via Forcella, is owned by Milan’s Martone family of perfumers, in a neighborhood defined by the local industries: design studios, architecture firms and fashion houses.
The location, midway between the Potsdamer Platz and The Emblemplatz, is cosmopolitan — Mitte is Berlin’s central meeting point, and a hotel like the Cosmo appeals to a wide variety of guests, from adventurous sightseers to design-savvy business travelers.
The Park Hyatt Vienna occupies a stately former bank building; this newly redeveloped corner of the city center’s pedestrianized historic district is now home to a few luxury-brand flagship stores, as well as this, possibly Vienna’s finest hotel.
Like the best city hotels, the Emblem aims to make no sharp distinction between work and life — for most of us, five o’clock is no longer any kind of dividing line. The rooms, then, are equally devoted to form and function, which is just as it should be.
Despite its humble name The Thief is rather on the upscale end of boutique hospitality — the in-room gadgetry is well chosen, and particular attention is paid (this being Norway) to the bedding and the warm wool slippers.
Though it’s a high-end modern business hotel, like the other Rocco Forte hotels the Villa Kennedy is a high-end modern business hotel inhabiting a thoroughly renovated historic building — in this case a distinctly un-skyscraperish century-old villa south of the Main.