Business travelers can enjoy budget travel from time to time, especially if you are a self-made entrepreneur and do not get reimbursed for your travels. Because traveling on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a few luxuries along the way! Check out these fantastic hotels with primo locations in the financial hubs around the world. Sporting lavish touches like rooftop swimming pools, iPod docks, cozy bathrobes as well as conference rooms, WIFI and in-house restaurants. They will amaze you with their low rates, friendly staff and excellent views.



Even with the recent $30 million in renovations, the business and family-friendly Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza remains Downtown Chicago’s best deal. Contemporary accommodations with excellent river views boast individual energy-efficient climate control systems, 32-inch flat-screen TVs (with in-room movies), alarm clocks with iPod docks and free, strong Wi-Fi. Although in easy walking distance from Chicago highlights like the Magnificent Mile, the Merchandise Mart and Millennium Park, you may find it hard to leave the luxurious glass-roofed swimming pool or 24-hour fitness center with top-quality work-out equipment. Hang out on comfy couches around the lobby waterfall, check out the drink specials at the 15th floor Cityscape Bar (with jaw-dropping Chicago views) or dine on fusion Italian and Asian dishes at their acclaimed Italiasa Restaurant.



Savor the quintessential Parisian experience at charming Hôtel Taylor that embraces the enchanting medieval ambience of the historic Marais district. Themed rooms overlook a quiet one-way street near the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin and Canal St Martin. Decorated in contemporary pastels, the rooms are spacious with sumptuous beds, fluffy robes, strong Wi-Fi and breakfast delivered upon request. The multi-lingual staff delights in helping their guests navigate through the narrow winding streets to nearby shops, restaurants or museums and can recommend sightseeing excursions to Paris landmarks when you have some time off from your business meetings.


San Francisco

Have quick access to the whole Bay area from the Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport that features free shuttle services and round-the-clock conveniences like 24-hour business and fitness centers. Spacious rooms and executive suites are equipped with noise-muffling double-glazed windows, mini-refrigerators and 37” flat screen TVs with in-room movies. Order three meals a day from room service or enjoy traditional American cuisine and drinks from around the world at Houlihan’s Restaurant & Bar where kids eat free. The South San Francisco Conference Center is next door and the hotel’s on-site meeting professionals have nine fully-equipped meeting rooms available for their guests’ business functions. Candlestick Park, home of the San Francisco 49ers, is only three miles from the hotel and downtown San Francisco is a fifteen minute drive away.


New York

In an interesting blend of old and new, the Hotel Vetiver on Long Island recalls the sophistication of by-gone days without sacrificing modern comforts. Private balconies overlook the Manhattan skyline from elegant rooms with plush beds, iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and sparkling clean bathrooms equipped with full length mirrors and Rusk toiletries. Enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast, work or relax on the outdoor patio, take advantage of the fitness center and ask the helpful concierge for tips on getting to nearby attractions like the Noguchi Garden Museum or taking the 15-minute commute to Manhattan.



Rich in character, The Albany Motel Melbourne has a practical yet quirky attitude that personifies the South Yarra spirit. Offering a range of accommodations from high-end luxury to budget-priced business, the ensuite facilities are interesting, so modest guests should request a bathroom with a door! But the beds are incredibly comfortable with luxurious micro-cloud pillow toppers and a delicious range of pillow choices. The super friendly staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home whether serving meals in their eclectic café or drinks to the rooftop swimming pool with a great view of Melbourne and the Royal Botanical Gardens across the street is a must visit.

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