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7 Things female business travellers should look out for at hotels

JUNE 23, 2017
7 Things female business travellers should look out for at hotels

If you usually find yourself on the road on business, what would you look for in a hotel room? Security and being able to work without interruptions probably rank higher than having a flat-screen TV or romantic views.

For women, who travel alone often, here are eight tips for ensuring you're safe, comfortable and ready for business:

  1. Positive reviews. TripAdvisor is a great place to start your hotel search. Filter the hotel reviews so that you see only the reviews submitted by solo travellers or business travellers. Check for common complaints – the absence of reliable Wi-Fi or door locks, should be immediate no-no’s.
  2. Dinner – bed and breakfast as well as a boardroom. Without a doubt, a hotel with a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and meeting rooms makes it easy to do things efficiently. Use the meeting room as a neutral space to conduct a business meeting and the restaurant as an easy-to-access dinner meeting location.
  3. Female-friendly hotel brands. It’s true, we all tend to forget to pack things when we travel. So, look for a hotel that will probably offer complimentary items such as hair-dryers, hairspray, deodorant, curling irons and may even lend you laptop chargers, yoga mats and more.
  4. Shuttle services and private drivers are great. This means you won’t need to worry about car rentals, getting lost or finding parking – which can be a distraction from your real goal – business.
  5. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Free and unlimited in-room Wi-Fi access should always be at the top of your must-have list. Some hotels put a cap on your daily usage. Make sure you chose a hotel where access is unlimited to avoid surprise fees.
  6. Research the neighbourhood. Look for hotels near your meetings, but also be cognizant of the area. There are areas where you will find many businesses located, but the streets are known to be dangerous or empty out in the evenings, which means you might be all alone if your meetings end late in the night.
  7. Security. Choose a hotel that only allows room access via security tags or keys and has a constantly staffed reception area where attendants recognize everyone, who is coming and going.

The smallest details can make a big difference on your business trip. 

---source Forbes Magazine