THE BEST IN THE BUSI­NESS

WORK TRIPS SHOULDN’T MEAN CRUMPLED SUITING AND A PER DIEM. PICK THE RIGHT HOTEL AND EV­ERY­THING ELSE WILL FALL INTO PLACE.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

Re­vealed: the GQ-ap­proved work-trip ho­tels.

Cor­po­rate travel. Two words that can eas­ily me­an­der to men­tal im­ages of air­port ho­tels and stale sand­wiches, cou­pled with the sneak­ing sus­pi­cion of col­leagues and part­ners that such trips are a bit of a jolly. Sure, there’s times when they can land a lit­tle too fre­quently – as ex­pe­ri­enced by most pro­fes­sional Aus­tralians – but we like to view them as op­por­tu­ni­ties to em­brace new hori­zons, even if it means an­other Melbourne jaunt. Be it a South-east Asian pre­sen­ta­tion or an hour face-to-face in LA, the key to a suc­cess­ful out­ing – be­yond air­line class – is stay­ing in a hotel with ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties and a strong lo­ca­tion. In the name of busi­ness, we travel the world to present GQ’S ap­proved list of ho­tels that re­ally work. 11 HOWARD, NEW YORK We’re here for the neigh­bour­hood – hey, it’s South of Hous­ton – and the light, Dan­ish charms that are a wel­come re­prieve in a city that loves a dark hotel. This five-star, 221-room NYC prop­erty is lo­cated at the cross­roads of the Bow­ery, Chi­na­town, and Lit­tle Italy, and has ev­ery­thing you could want – a co-work­ing space, contemporary French restau­rant, Le Coucou, and elec­tric skate­boards avail­able to hire should you work in tech (or want to look like a dick). Best yet, a por­tion of all di­rectly-booked rooms goes to the Global Poverty Project, whose mis­sion is a world with­out ex­treme poverty by 2030. 11howard.com PARK HYATT, SYDNEY Be­cause wak­ing up to that view – Cir­cu­lar Quay, the city and the Opera House – is ar­guably a bet­ter boost to work morale than a dou­ble shot espresso. Ar­guably. It has ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from one of Sydney’s most pres­ti­gious ho­tels, such as 24-hour but­ler ser­vice, floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, spa and world-class art, but the trick is to wake up early and walk through the Botanic Gar­dens, the 74 acre park with views of the Opera House and Har­bour Bridge. An­other Sydney CBD fave comes in the form of the dis­creet, de­signer charms of The Estab­lish­ment with its mar­ble bath­tubs, vel­vet so­fas and ex­posed brick rooms; or The Old Clare, a bou­tique hotel sit­u­ated in two heritage-listed build­ings com­plete with restau­rants from ac­claimed chefs Clay­ton Wells and Ja­son Ather­ton. sydney.park. hyatt.com; merivale.com.au; the­old­clare­ho­tel.com.au THE PENINSULA, HONG KONG When asked where you’re stay­ing, you want to re­ply, “The Pen” – it speaks of style and sta­tus, and that’s big in HK. The iconic ’20s prop­erty over­look­ing Vic­to­ria Har­bour is close to ev­ery­thing, and be­yond small talk about the pro-democ­racy ri­ots, there’s no de­mand the staff can’t de­liver. With a smile. Modernised in­te­ri­ors mean light, teched-up rooms, while the gym and in­door pool boast in­cred­i­ble views of Hong Kong Is­land as stan­dard (the lat­ter also fea­tur­ing an out­door ter­race). Oh, then there’s the free in­ter­na­tional phone calls. Sold. hongkong.peninsula.com CROWN METROPOL, MELBOURNE Noth­ing else washes away stress like Metropol's in­fin­ity pool on the 27th floor, which is heated to ex­actly 28°C and boasts floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. Af­ter­wards, try Din­ner by He­ston, which mixes the Miche­lin-starred Brit chef’s recipes with fresh Aus­tralian pro­duce and views over the Yarra River. crown­ho­tels.com.au

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE, LON­DON

The Bri­tish cap­i­tal of­fers a wealth of choice – the Corinthia, for ex­am­ple, has a re­fresh­ingly for­mal dress code and is lo­cated a stone’s throw from West­min­ster, while Knights­bridge’s Bul­gari has su­perb suites, spa treat­ments and a pool. Yet Dean Street Townhouse re­mains our favourite. The Soho lo­ca­tion puts it smack bang in the thick of Cen­tral Lon­don, en­sur­ing al­most any­where in the cap­i­tal – the best bars, restau­rants, sights – is ac­ces­si­ble on foot. You’ll also strug­gle to find more ac­com­mo­dat­ing staff – these guys can or­gan­ise that din­ner reser­va­tion to im­press a client, have your dry clean­ing ex­pe­dited or sort any re­quest. Try them. And if that’s not enough, break­fasts are bril­liant and fill­ing, there’s all-day din­ing and the wi-fi’s free. While there may not be a gym or spa, you’ll hardly need one – that’s not what work trips to Lon­don are about. corinthia. com; bul­gar­i­ho­tels.com; deanstreet­town­house.com

THE VICEROY, CHATEAU MARMONT AND THE RITZ-CARLTON, LOS ANGELES

The City Of An­gels is home to Bran­don, Brenda, Ponch and Baker (google it, kids) plus nearly every slice of the small screen ever con­sumed. A sprawl­ing me­trop­o­lis with bot­tled traf­fic, you'll need a well-lo­cated hotel to have any chance of get­ting some work done. And so, when lured by Sil­i­con Beach and the en­vi­rons of Santa Mon­ica, we head for the coastal charms of The Viceroy, namely for the 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre, clean rooms and ac­cess to a wa­ter­side jog to Venice. Mean­while, busi­ness and meet­ings any­where near West Hollywood points to (and we’ve said this be­fore) Chateau Marmont be­cause clients will come to you in the court­yard. If you’re down­town – a re­vamped spot abuzz with more than just fi­nance these days – play it straight with the ever-at­ten­tive staff, well-equipped gym and rooftop pool of the tow­er­ing Ritz-carlton. viceroy­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com; chateau­mar­mont.com; ritz­carl­ton.com

THE PULI HOTEL AND SPA, SHANGHAI

Well-re­moved from the Bund and its col­lec­tion of tourists and well-worn prop­er­ties sits this stun­ning de­signer oa­sis of calm. And in Shanghai, that’s a damn good thing. Make time to take a dip in the 25m in­fin­ity pool, which is tiled with slate and teal mo­saic and faces Jing’an Park; taste the oys­ters at chef Michael Wil­son’s Miche­lin-starred French restau­rant, Phenix; or sip Cham­pagne in its for­est-like gar­den ter­race. And if that’s not enough, each of the 193 rooms and 36 suites boasts a Ne­spresso ma­chine. Per­fect. thep­uli.com

RELAIS CHRISTINE, PARIS

Paris ho­tels are usu­ally hit or miss – ei­ther pre­ten­tious af­fairs that play on the city’s ro­man­ti­cism but de­liver on claus­tro­pho­bia, or OTT messes funded by oil money. Not here. Relais Christine is a 16th-century gar­den oa­sis that of­fers the busi­ness trav­eller all that’s needed – free wi-fi, gym, spa, sa­lon and great trans­port links. There’s no restau­rant but, as this is St Ger­main, use it as an ex­cuse to ex­plore the many fan­tas­tic din­ing op­tions in the area. relais-christine.com

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