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The best business hotels around the world

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Courtesy Fairmont Dallas

Located in the downtown Dallas Arts District, the Fairmont Dallas features business amenities in its rooms: a work desk, high-speed Internet and a multi-line speakerphone.

Now more than ever, business travelers have to justify every penny spent, and so it has become especially important to know which hotels can give maximum value per travel dollar. These business-friendly properties—in the biggest business centers of the world—will keep you, and your bosses, happy.

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Four Seasons Seattle
“One of my favorite hotels,” says a reader from North Vancouver, praising the staff for going “out of their way to help, including find scores of a game they don’t show in the hotel.” Another reader calls this “one of the best hotels in Seattle” because of its central location, one block from Pike Place Market, and its “amazing bay views” and “impeccable” service. “The outdoor pool and whirlpool are a nice distraction,” adds another reader from Pennsylvania, “and watching the sun set from the infinity pool was a memory I won’t soon forget.”

Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
This “iconic grande dame” on Sunset Boulevard celebrates its centennial in 2012 and still “feels more like a home than a hotel.” The mission-revival property has a pink stucco facade, terra-cotta-colored roof tiles, Art Deco common areas and brightly colored rooms, while staff “give a whole new meaning to the words warm and gracious.” Two 5,000-square-foot Presidential Bungalows opened in 2011 among the banana and palm trees and manicured gardens, and each comes with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, steam showers and a private pool. The Polo Lounge attracts Hollywood executives; Bar Nineteen12, with views of the hotel’s 12 landscaped acres from its terrace, supplies martini Popsicles, sorbets and shots.

St. Regis, San Francisco
A “delicious urban oasis” awaits guests at this 40-story building with hotel rooms and private residences near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square. “The best use of space I’ve ever seen in a hotel room” is achieved through a recessed closet system concealing shelving, drawers, a minibar and a CD/DVD player; rooms also feature Bella Crema marble, leather walls and Mozambique wood doors. The lobby has a 16-foot open fireplace, Zebrano wood and Italian travertine flooring. Breakfast at Vitrine uses seasonal, local ingredients to create items like German caramelized peach pancakes; at lunch, order an organic beef burger. “They know how to treat their guests.”

The Curtis, Denver
Our readers like this pop-culture-themed hotel for its “various themed floors” and “fun, friendly atmosphere” that “brings back childhood memories.” Business meeting rooms are named after childhood games like Duck Duck Goose, and team-building activities include sessions of Guitar Hero.

Fairmont Dallas
Our readers appreciate the “outstanding facilities” here and employees who “do the little little things that make your stay special.” And though several readers agree that the “rooms need updating,” they appreciate the convenient location “right in the middle of the city.”

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The best business hotels around the world

3 hrs.

Courtesy Fairmont Dallas

Located in the downtown Dallas Arts District, the Fairmont Dallas features business amenities in its rooms: a work desk, high-speed Internet and a multi-line speakerphone.

Now more than ever, business travelers have to justify every penny spent, and so it has become especially important to know which hotels can give maximum value per travel dollar. These business-friendly properties—in the biggest business centers of the world—will keep you, and your bosses, happy.

Slideshow: See the best business hotels in the world

Four Seasons Seattle
“One of my favorite hotels,” says a reader from North Vancouver, praising the staff for going “out of their way to help, including find scores of a game they don’t show in the hotel.” Another reader calls this “one of the best hotels in Seattle” because of its central location, one block from Pike Place Market, and its “amazing bay views” and “impeccable” service. “The outdoor pool and whirlpool are a nice distraction,” adds another reader from Pennsylvania, “and watching the sun set from the infinity pool was a memory I won’t soon forget.”

Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
This “iconic grande dame” on Sunset Boulevard celebrates its centennial in 2012 and still “feels more like a home than a hotel.” The mission-revival property has a pink stucco facade, terra-cotta-colored roof tiles, Art Deco common areas and brightly colored rooms, while staff “give a whole new meaning to the words warm and gracious.” Two 5,000-square-foot Presidential Bungalows opened in 2011 among the banana and palm trees and manicured gardens, and each comes with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, steam showers and a private pool. The Polo Lounge attracts Hollywood executives; Bar Nineteen12, with views of the hotel’s 12 landscaped acres from its terrace, supplies martini Popsicles, sorbets and shots.

St. Regis, San Francisco
A “delicious urban oasis” awaits guests at this 40-story building with hotel rooms and private residences near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Union Square. “The best use of space I’ve ever seen in a hotel room” is achieved through a recessed closet system concealing shelving, drawers, a minibar and a CD/DVD player; rooms also feature Bella Crema marble, leather walls and Mozambique wood doors. The lobby has a 16-foot open fireplace, Zebrano wood and Italian travertine flooring. Breakfast at Vitrine uses seasonal, local ingredients to create items like German caramelized peach pancakes; at lunch, order an organic beef burger. “They know how to treat their guests.”

The Curtis, Denver
Our readers like this pop-culture-themed hotel for its “various themed floors” and “fun, friendly atmosphere” that “brings back childhood memories.” Business meeting rooms are named after childhood games like Duck Duck Goose, and team-building activities include sessions of Guitar Hero.

Fairmont Dallas
Our readers appreciate the “outstanding facilities” here and employees who “do the little little things that make your stay special.” And though several readers agree that the “rooms need updating,” they appreciate the convenient location “right in the middle of the city.”

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Save money on your next business trip

via The Daily Meal

The restaurant should fit the tone of the business meeting.

Business travelers looking to save money on travel can save on dining without sacrificing quality. Tim Zagat, the founder and publisher of Zagat Survey, shares with discerning diners his money-saving dining tips.


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From picking the right venue to what to order, Zagat offers insight into how to save big while on the road.

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Zagat recently released its annual America’s Top Restaurants survey. This year’s survey covered 1,578 of the U.S.’s top restaurants in 45 markets and was voted on by more than 156,000 diners who dined out an estimated 25 million times in the past year, or roughly 3.1 times per week.

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The average price of a meal in the U.S. is $35.65, which includes a soft drink, tax, and tip, according to the annual survey. The most expensive city for dining is Las Vegas, at $47.53 per meal, and New Orleans, at $28.36 per meal. These tabs pale in comparison to the average price in London, which is $69.25, and Tokyo, which is $113.09, when factoring in exchange rates from September 2011.

“The purpose of a business lunch is presumably to make a deal,” said Zagat. “You should be thinking not of the price of the meal but the value of the deal.”

Eat lunch not dinner
Lunch prices are 20 to 30 percent less than dinner prices in most places, according to Tim Zagat, founder and publisher of Zagat Survey. While diners are less likely to order cocktails when dining with their families, they are even less likely to order them at lunch.

Choose wisely
Find out what your business client likes to eat and pick a place that appeals to them. “Let them know you care about their happiness,” said Zagat.

Get a discount
Many firms and companies have discounts for the places they frequently go. If your business doesn’t have such an arrangement, it is worthwhile to establish a discount at a few restaurants. The places that know you the best will treat you the best, according to Zagat.

Order delivery
Zagat has noticed a trend in restaurants not only offering hugely discounted lunches but also offering delivery straight to your desk; saving not only money but also time.

Eat out on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Try to plan your dining out based on the calendar. Avoid Thursdays through Sundays, when dish prices tend to be higher. Zagat recommends booking a table for the beginning of the week.

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American to put lie-flat seats on some US flights

American Airlines says it will become the first U.S. airline to put lie-flat seats in new planes used on transcontinental flights.

American will put the seats in first- and business-class sections of new Airbus A321 aircraft that it will fly between New York and California.

Several airlines offer lie-flat beds on international flights.

The jets are part of an order for 460 new Airbus and Boeing planes that AMR Corp.’s American announced last July.

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Love is in the air on Virgin flights

“Departure Date,” a film about taking control of your destiny, was produced over the course of 20 hours, all in-flight, and stars Ben Feldman, Nicky Whelan and Janeane Garofalo. The 30-minute film opens June 11.

Look, up in the sky! It’s an ad, it’s a movie, it’s … “Departure Date,” the latest quirky marketing effort from the airlines that brought you reality-show flight attendants, a signature brand of lipstick and ice cubes shaped like founder Sir Richard Branson.

Yes, we’re talking the Virgin Group airlines — Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia — which have joined forces to create a short film that’s said to be the first commercial movie to be filmed at 35,000 feet.

“The big misconception is that it’s a giant ad,” said Jason Felts, CEO of the Branson-owned production company, Virgin Produced. “It’s a narrative film that uses the interior of the planes as an organic backdrop. It’s like ‘Lost in Translation,’ where the Park Hyatt in Tokyo was really a character in the film.”


That said, the film is also the centerpiece of “Virgin Skies,” a new joint ad campaign launched last month. “We wanted to do something that would position Virgin as a global airline and build affinity for the brand,” said Dimitrios Papadogonas, marketing director at Virgin America.

The result is a half-hour movie in which a young couple meet and fall in love under the purple glow of Virgin cabins. Shot over the course of nine days during regularly scheduled flights between Los Angeles, London, Dallas and Sydney, Australia, it stars Ben Feldman and Nicky Whelan as the couple and familiar character actors, including Janeane Garofalo, Philip Baker Hall and Luis Guzman.

Dozens of films, of course, have chronicled the in-flight experience — “Airplane,” “Snakes on a Plane,” the soon-to-be released “7500” — but most are shot on manufactured sets and soundstages.

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Is ‘Departure Date’ about entertainment or PR?

“Departure Date,” on the other hand, required the crew of 20 to haul a full complement of film gear onboard and shoot their scenes between the chimes that signal it’s OK to remove seatbelts and move about the cabin.

The challenges of doing so ranged from the script — “We couldn’t do an action movie; no one could die,” said Felts — to onboard logistics of lighting, sound and the oft-invisible details that go into making movie magic.

“We couldn’t carry aerosols or plug in hair driers,” said Felts, “and we had to bring very small quantities of hair gel and makeup.”

Ultimately, whether the film is seen as a stand-alone movie or as a promotional piece will be up to audiences. It’s clearly a work of fiction — the readily available first class seat, the empathetic and encouraging fellow travelers, the lack of screaming children — but it looks to be a heartwarming tale that may give hope to others that they, too, might find that their next seatmate is also their soul mate.

As to how the romance plays out — no Mile High Club jokes, please — you’ll have to wait a bit longer. The movie is set to debut next week at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is expected to show on Virgin flights in the coming months.

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Rob Lovitt is a longtime travel writer who still believes the journey is as important as the destination. Follow him at Twitter.