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London’s best hotels for business and meetings.

by Rajul on July 10, 2009

The Metropole's lobby area is my own favourite meeting venue

The Metropole's lobby area is my favourite meeting venue

This feature identifies some of London’s best business hotels in terms of guest reviews, facilities and location.

A business visit to London is naturally very different to a typical leisure stay.

Your key requirement is usually a peaceful and comfortable environment where everything works as it should.

Location is also especially critical when time is of the essence.

Best hotels for business in the West End

The Hilton Metropole is one of my own favourite business choices.  Centrally located just off Edgware Road, it’s easy to reach by train, car or taxi.

The Metropole is a venue which pretty much everyone in London knows, so it’s easy to arrange a meeting there on a whim.  I often meet in the hotel’s comfortable lobby where I find the service attentive without being intrusive.

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The hotel has capacity to host thousands of delegates.  Rooms and service are also solid, which is why it was also mentioned in an earlier review of London’s best Hiltons as well as in our article featuring “Little Venice”.

As you step out of the hotel you have varied fast food and restaurant options.  It’s not far from our favourite Lebanese restaurant in London.

The Hotel Indigo is nearby and another solid Paddington hotel.  It is highly-rated by business travellers on TripAdvisor.

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The same goes for the Montague on the Gardens Hotel which is in the central Bloomsbury district and was mentioned in our recent summary of the top guest-rated London hotels on TripAdvisor.

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Best hotels for business in the City

Hilton Canary Wharf has already been featured as one of the best London Hiltons with consistently high guest ratings.

A suite at the Hilton Canary Wharf

A suite at the Hilton Canary Wharf

It’s a modern hotel offering good value and service.  It is particularly convenient for London City airport and for anyone who needs to do business in London’s financial centre.

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Also on the eastern side of London is the Andaz Hotel (formerly known as the Great Eastern Hotel) right by the City.

It’s well-geared up for business with lots of meeting space and a 24-hour business centre.  It has recently been given a complete makeover and has a hip and modern feel.

Lobby of the modern-looking Andaz Hotel

Lobby of the modern-looking Andaz Hotel

Recent reviews may put it a bit below the Hilton Canary Wharf in service terms, but for some it may offer a better location closer to central London.

Rumour has it that the best rooms at the Andaz are the corner rooms (e.g. rooms 374 and 474) which tend to be a bit bigger.

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Finally, we already dedicated a blog article to the Apex City of London Hotel due to its lofty TripAdvisor ratings – a good choice for business too.

Apex Hotels also recently won the “No 1 Overall Hotel Group” Award from the BDRC “venue verdict” survey (based on customer feedback) at The Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards.

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"New York" Meeting Room at the award-winning Apex City of London Hotel

"New York" Meeting Room at the award-winning Apex City of London Hotel

Best hotels for business on a budget

In my view you get great value from Travelodge hotels and this applies to business trips as well as leisure-oriented visits.

They understand their target audience and are consistent at a fair price.

Travelodges are scattered throughout London and remarkably hassle-free to stay in considering the low room rates.

Two that score particularly well in guest reviews are the Southwark and Tower Bridge hotels, though I’ve found them pretty consistent throughout London (having stayed in a good half dozen).

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These are particularly good hotels if you have your own business and are spending your own hard-earned cash.

Travelodge business account card

Travelodge business account card

Stay at Travelodge and you can invest your precious resources on entertaining your clients or enjoying London’s many culinary delights.

Travelodge’s Business Account Card makes it easier for cost-conscious companies to work with them by providing free credit, online account management and a rewards scheme.

We hope you found this review of London’s best business hotels useful.  As with all our features, we’ll revisit this issue to keep you bang up-to-date.

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Photo credits: Hilton Hotels, Andaz Hotel, Apex Hotels, Travelodge.

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