The best hotels for business travellers

Entrepreneurs look for both business and relaxation solutions packed in a journey to balance their busy schedules. As one of the most dynamic economic hubs throughout the world, Southeast Asia has welcomed hundreds of businessmen from all over the word, resulted in launching of various hotel developments to meet their increasing demands. In our below Bucket List, The Finest showcases the most definitive venues which are inclusive for business and leisure travellers alike.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Four Seasons ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Address: 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore, Singapore

Phone: +65 6734 1110

Website: www.fourseasons.com/singapore/

Strategically situated in the leafy enclave of Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore inspires guests at the first sight with its amazing floral arrangements in the domed lobby, the gorgeous landscaping in the outdoor areas, and the vast Asian unique artwork collection in the guest rooms and public rooms. Contemporary and refined, the 255 five-star hotel rooms combine soothing earth tones and elegant furnishings with sweeping views through picture windows. Meetings and events can be host in an intimate oasis of exemplary spaces, complemented by some of Singapore’s finest cuisine and elegant set-ups for corporate banquets. This idyllic property also includes one award-winning dining destination, a restaurant for Oriental experiences, and two bars where guests can enjoy the iconic Singapore Sling.

Ambassador Suite at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

In addition to hotel state-of-the-art facilities, guests can be immersed in a multi-sensorial experience with endless shopping sprees and cultural culinary adventures of the Singapore’s thriving metropolis within walking distance. The shopping, entertainment and business belt of Orchard Road, the picturesque Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilizations Museum are among the most interesting attractions. The multicultural vibrancy that balances exotic past with colonial elegance leaves time for guests’ indulgence in excursions which bring exhilarating moments at Universal Studios Singapore, a scintillating panorama of Singapore’s skyline at the Singapore Flyer, and new learning experiences at the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

The Peninsula Bangkok, Thailand

The Pool at The Peninsula Bangkok

Address: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, Thailand 

Phone: +66 2020 2888

Website: www.bangkok.peninsula.com/en/

Overlooking the historical Chao Phraya river, the 39-storey Peninsula Bangkok is a harmonious blend of traditional elements with all conveniences of modern technology for ultimate experience. This waved-shape development guarantees guests a stay to remember with 370 guest rooms and suites which are all appointed with breathtaking views of the River of Kings and the city beyond, in addition to teak floors, silk-covered furniture, marble bathrooms, and high-tech control panels. At The Peninsula Bangkok, guests are delighted with fine cuisine in lush and exquisite riverside settings in a journey from Thai culture at the enchanting Thiptara, to refined Cantonese cuisine at Mei Jiang and fancy international fare at The River Café & Terrace and The Lobby. The range of world-class facilities and exclusive services provide the utmost in meetings and events convenience and efficiency. Like Four Season Hotel Singapore, such luxury hotel is also home to one of the most diverse and distinctive collections of Asian contemporary art.

Duplex Suite at The Peninsula Bangkok

Hotel guests can explore the Thai city via customized three-wheel tuk-tuk or barges cruising along the river to catch completely a glimpse of riverside life in Bangkok. Nearby destinations should be kept in mind including Asiatique Night Market, Siam Paragon, Central World Shopping Centre and The Grand Palace.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

Le Beaulieu restaurant at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Address: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phone: 84 4 3826 6919

Website: www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has told the story of a preserved heritage in the heart of Hanoi since 1901. Located near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House, this legendary property is considered as a peaceful refuge in the loud city, featuring 364 rooms and suites in a friendly, trendy and refined setting. French colonial style presents in every corner, from a classical white façade, green shutters, original wrought iron detail to wood panelling and a lush courtyard lawn. Over a century, the Southeast Asian Grand Dame has welcomed playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state to experience its colonial grandeur and timeless elegance with the opulence of another era in many prestigious events and popular rendezvous. The award-winning hotel also offers various choices of bars and dining venues with distinct decor and ambience for a different and exotic experience, including excellent French cuisine at Le Beaulieu, Hanoi specialities at Spices Garden, and Italian flavours at Angelina.

The Graham Greene Suite at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Situated at the crossroads where Hanoi’s past and present meet, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi abounds with a wealth of history as well as fascinating tales from its transformative years. Therefore, besides hotel rich traditions, it is easy for hotel guests to immerse in stereotypical moments and discover the splendour of Hanoi through a journey to revisit the historical and cultural landmarks dotting and surrounding the city.

Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia

Grand Hyatt Jakarta exterior

Address: Jalan M. H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia

Phone: +62 21 2992 1234

Website: www.jakarta.grand.hyatt.com/

Grand Hyatt Jakarta is a preferred venue for high-end hotel stays and international conventions and meetings with state-of-the-art facilities and personalized services. Nested in the luxury complex named Plaza Indonesia, the grand hotel features 427 hotel rooms and suites, providing exclusive experiences with a comprehensive fitness studio and award-winning restaurants.

Lobby at Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Located in the heart of Jakarta, Grand Hyatt Jakarta is within easy reach of malls, government offices, museums and cultural attractions. From the hotel’s prime location, guests can easily discover this Indonesian megalopolis with an interesting long history and surreal juxtapositions on every street corner. For shopping lovers, Jakarta is an amazing destination of one-stop shopping and entertainment, including a wide variety of finest local handicrafts and haute couture labels at hundreds of local markets and swanky malls.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lobby at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 50088, Malaysia

Phone: +60 3 2380 8888 

Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/kualalumpur/

Staying at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur means indulging in unique combination of dedicated services, fabulous facilities and impressive views of a central location. This prestigious luxury hotel satisfies guests with 551 keys in fusing elegance with gleaming copper trim and walls covered with contemporary regional artworks. F&B outlets make guests astonished with a wide choice of cuisines, an array of delectable dishes, cool cocktails and a vast selection of Cuban cigars. Meanwhile, stunning function rooms, excellent catering and impeccable organisational skills have made Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur the pre-eminent meeting and events venue in Kuala Lumpur.

Sultan lounge at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Nestled between the tropical gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Center Park and the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, this city hotel is also within accessible distance of reputable Merdeka Square, Brickfields and Golden Triangle. Guests can tour around Kuala Lumpur for visits to historic monuments, steel-clad skyscrapers, lush parks, mega-sized shopping malls, bustling street markets and trendy nightspots. This city is also an essential part of the vibrant mix including incense-wreathed, colourfully adorned mosques and temples of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities.

Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Main lobby at Makati Shangri-La, Manila

Address: Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines

Phone: +63 2 813 8888

Website: www.shangri-la.com/manila/makatishangrila

Makati Shangri-La Manila is a luxurious sanctuary in the pulsing financial district of the Phillipines’ capital for both business and leisure travellers. The oasis in the downtown greets guests with a soothing symphony of strings in harmony with a grand lobby covered by floral centrepiece and a fairy-tale staircase that the mind boggles. A calm ambience fills 696 guestrooms that are enveloped by curvilinear, blonde-wood panelling and generous windows which let in the beauty of Manila but keep its bustle at bay. For food connoisseurs, dining at the hotel’s restaurants and bars is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for palates with a wealth of tastes. Makati Shangri-La Manila also offers a range of meeting spots for power players with exquisite services and impeccable reception in Asian-inspired banquet and conference rooms.

In the vicinities of Makati Shangri-La Manila, hotel guests can find prestigious labels at popular shopping malls which include Glorietta, Greenbelt and SM Department Store. For culture lovers, please visit the old city of Intramuros or Ayala Museum to learn more about the Filipino culture and history.

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