By Veronica Inveen
Mar 7, 2019
Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.
Moments from Swan River in Perth’s revitalized CBD, this new urban hotel makes an ideal base for suits who don’t like to sacrifice on style. With its slick rooftop bar (the highest in Perth), Italian-themed Santini Bar & Grill steakhouse, and multiple events rooms, this artful stay is the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Australiana design accents of cockatoo wallpaper and native motifs keep it local and lighthearted, while the in-room espresso machines, free pilates classes and fully kitted-out gym appeal to those religious about their routine. Doubles from $115. — Jenny Hewett
No expense is spared at this sky-high five-star just a few steps away from the Petronas Towers. Suites are spacious, sophisticated and functional for in-room working; the 24-hour business center has all your admin jobs covered; and the Executive Club lounge offers all-day refreshments, two hours of meeting space in the club-floor boardroom, complimentary dry cleaning and 15 percent off treatments at the hotel’s two-story spa. Entertain clients over dim sum at Yun House, or Malaysian- focused drinks at Bar Trigona. Doubles from $215. — Eloise Basuki
This luxury outpost in the heart of Burma’s commercial capital has all the trimmings. Oversized rooms have Wi-Fi, large desk space and a Bluetooth-supported speaker telephone, on top of comforts like coffeemakers and marble bathrooms. Conference and meeting rooms spread throughout the 20-story property overlooking Kandawgyi Lake, with a 500-delegate Grand Ballroom for cocktail receptions. Take advantage of the Executive Club Floors, which includes exclusive access to the Executive Lounge: buffet breakfast, evening cocktails and free meeting-room use. Doubles from $112. — E.B.
Located in the heaving center of Bangkok, this 1,388-room hotel provides easy access to the city (and a luxury retreat from its mayhem) just a short walk from multiple public transport stations. The 1,300-person ballroom offers one of the largest spaces in the city, and the 35 meeting rooms are all designed to feel like private residences. Events will go down without a hitch with top-notch AV equipment, fully customizable catering options, and the Marriott’s online attendee booking system. Clients will be impressed by the sweeping vistas at the gin-forward rooftop AB Bar. After work, stay in for dinner at the culinary whirlwind that is Akira Back, the always- satisfying Soba Factory, or the classic Cantonese restaurant, Pagoda Chinese. Doubles from $126. — E.B
Another sleek showpiece by starchitect Andre Fu, Kerry Hotel offers iconic views of Victoria Harbour. It boasts the largest hotel meeting, event and catering facilities in the city: the 1,756-square-meter Grand Ballroom is Hong Kong’s largest pillar-free hotel ballroom and also contains its largest LED wall. The 17 meeting spaces in the Shangri-La-owned property also include the Presidential Suite and the open terrace of Red Sugar Bar, which has a 270-degree wraparound terrace that’s perfect for networking sundowners. Five different F&B spaces and quick access to an MTR station make it a convenient choice. Doubles from $216. — Shamilee Vellu
One of Ascott’s six serviced residences in Singapore, Ascott Orchard stands out for its fashionable pedigree. Set in the heart of famed shopping belt Orchard Road, it’s the island’s first serviced residence to offer eight Fendi Casa–furnished penthouse suites. Other suites come in studio, one- and two-bedroom layouts, with 47 dual-key units that allow guests to create a three-bedroom layout, ideal for those traveling in large groups. Services include access to a business center, a smartphone with data, Wi-Fi, pool, gym and resident’s lounge (with fully equipped kitchen). Conveniences such as airport transfers, parking and meal deliveries are available for an extra cost. Doubles from $214. — S.V.