Top 10 Business Hotels
Of Opulence and Heritage
Hotels and resorts may be aplenty but only a prestigious few have managed to carve a niche for themselves in the hospitality industry. Many hotels around the world have gained their renown through tradition, by hosting significant events or persons in the past while some have made a name for themselves solely on excellent service and upscale luxury. We take a peek at the Asia’s top business hotels (listed in no particular order) and does a brief take on them.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam
An award-winning French colonial-style hotel, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi lies in the heart of Hanoi, near the revered Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent opera house. Touted a ‘Grand Dame’ of Southeast Asia, the historical hotel was built in 1901 by two private French investors and is currently one of the region’s few remaining hotels of its era. Boasting a classical white facade with green shutters, original wrought iron detail, wood panelling and a lush courtyard lawn, the Metropole is notorious for its extensive high-profile guest list. Some of the patrons over the past years include presidents of various countries, royalties, important business delegations and famous personalities.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Comfortably nestled between the green gardens of the City Centre Park and the dramatic heights of the Petronas Twin Towers, the Mandarin Oriental enjoys a wonderful location in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Boasting 632 room with amazing vistas, 41 suites and 51 executive apartments with full Mandarin Oriental service, the swanky hotel is designed with elegant interiors and a myriad of facilities, offering guests the perfect combination of comfort and luxury. Besides a wealth of dining options for any occasion and taste such the Wasabi Bistro for contemporary Californian-Japanese and Casbah for cocktails and light bites, the hotel also offers a wide range of spa and wellness facilities.
Hotel Éclat Taipei, Taiwan
Strategically situated in the most prestigious district of the city, Hotel Éclat Taipei offers guests the great convenience of location perfect for both business and entertainment. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Éclat specialises in servicing business travellers by featuring top-notch Wi-Fi connectivity and in-room business facilities throughout the accommodation. Meanwhile, a variety of meeting rooms provide the ideal venue for professional discussions, corporate functions and social gatherings. Nonetheless, the classy hotels ensures a feeling of luxury and exclusivity by displaying numerous art pieces and sculptures by various arts such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Gao Xiao Wu, to name a few.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore
Another jewel on Singapore’s crown, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a stylish new-built that has amassed a large number of accolades in a short time since its inception. Prominently positioned in the heart of Singapore’s prestigious Central Business District, the luxury hotel has been recognised as a Five-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide in 2014 and was recently named the Best New Business Hotel in Asia-Pacific by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine. Besides pampering guests with many in-house luxuries such as the rejuvenating 60-minute spa treatment for two, the hotel also offers a walking tour to discover the city state’s heritage for both guests and the public.
Park Hyatt Seoul, South Korea
A five-star luxury boutique hotel renowned for being the essence of luxury and urban sophistication, the Park Hyatt Seoul is perfectly situated in the centre of the infamous Gangnam financial district. Occupying a visually-striking 24-storey building with a unique top-floor lobby that provides stunning panoramic views of South Korea’s capital, the hotel’s sleek glass facade conceals the array of extraordinary suites and other decadent luxuries the hotel houses. Featuring a gorgeous heated infinity indoor swimming pool and the exquisite Park Club Spa and Fitness Centre, the hotel also boasts other highly acclaimed amenities like Cornerstone, the Park Hyatt’s main restaurant.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet
Conveniently located in the famed Barkhor area of the exotic locale of Lhasa, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is surrounded by picturesque, sweeping landscapes that turn this exclusive abode into the perfect setting for contemplation as well as exploration. Tibetan for ‘the holy land’, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world, with an altitude of 3,680 meters above sea level and a fascinating history dating back more than 1,300 years. Equally mesmerising is the resort, which offers one-of-a-kind Tibetan healing experiences, such as the splendid Iridium Spa with herbs and the warm, sparkling Golden Energy Pool.
The St. Regis Osaka, Japan
Touted Osaka’s ‘Most Coveted Address’ the St. Regis in Osaka resides in the heart of the prestigious boulevard of Midosuji, or also known as the Champs Élysées of Japan. Located in the centre of the city, the hotel affords proximity to popular tourist destinations, such as the ancient Shitennoji Temple, the Municipal Museum of Fine Art, and the city’s most exclusive shopping destinations. Featuring magnificent vistas of the Osaka skyline and elegant dining experiences at Rue d’Or and La Veduta, the hotel most certainly does not only rely on its great whereabouts to bring in guests. Topping of the regal experience at the hotel is the St. Regis Butler Service, available any time, day or night.
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, India
Built 21 years before the historically-significant Gateway of India, The Taj Mahal Palace was Mumbai’s first harbour landmark and the city’s first licensed bar. Living up to its motto of ‘At the Water’s Edge, In the City’s Heart’, the Taj is a treasure-trove of invaluable memorabilia and has hosted notable guests from around the world, including presidents and captains of industries. Part of the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, the palatial hotel contains 560 rooms and 44 suites, with more than 1,500 staff including 35 butlers. The significant monument was also the subject of a four-part BBC Two documentary series in 2014 called Hotel India.
The Peninsula Tokyo, Japan
Exquisitely located in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi, opposite the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park and within minutes’ walk of the shopping capital of Ginza, The Peninsula Tokyo is distinguished for its luxurious comfort and sophisticated facilities but most of all the legendary Peninsula service. Cleverly combining various indulgences with the quirky side of Japanese culture, the Peninsula Tokyo has created numerous guest services special to the hotel. One such service sees a patron being escorted to the Hankyu Men’s Tokyo store, where a personal stylist will be at hand an hour before official opening time.
Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, China
Equally exuding all the warmth and flair of the historical city, the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing boasts 313 guest rooms, 66 luxury suites and 1 imperial suite fit for a king, all arranged around a towering sky-lit atrium. In an effort to make guests as comfortable as possible, each accommodation in the hotel features individualised accents with a bit of personality, effectively creating a warm, residential atmosphere. Located within the Liangma area of the Central Business District, close to the Third Embassy Precinct in northeastern Chaoyang, the Four Seasons Beijing prides itself on its sophisticated dining venues, namely Cai Yi Xuan where patrons are treated to fine Chinese cuisine in a dramatically modern setting and Mio, a vibrant Italian-style eatery.