Packing can be stressful when you are trying to travel light, but some hotels are delivering designer fashion to your room so you can choose the clothes you need on arrival. W London Leicester Square introduced its “Walk Out Wardrobe” in partnership with rental site GirlMeetsDress.com in 2015. Guests staying in suites can order items in advance or call down to have a rail of outfits brought up free of charge.
London’s Berkeley hotel has collaborated with fashion resale site Vestiare Collective, which has curated a selection of vintage accessories to borrow or buy. The Fashion Trunk is stocked with everything from Hermès scarfs to Chanel clutches. In December, the Intercontinental London Park Lane teamed up with Harvey Nichols to provide a styling service. In Chicago, the Virgin hotel collects clothes you order from Gap on its in-room iPads and leaves them in your wardrobe. APARTMENT RENTAL Home stays are becoming more popular with business travellers. In April 2016, Onefinestay, which has a portfolio of more than 2,600 units in London, New York, Paris, Rome and LA, was bought for £117 million by Accorhotels, which will invest £50 million on expanding into 40 new cities over the next five years. Accorhotels also owns a stake in Oasis Collection, which has homes in 18 cities – by the end of 2017, it plans to have a presence in 50 cities. Business nights booked on Airbnb, which launched self-service portal airbnb.com/business-travel in 2015, tripled last year. American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel all now have agreements with Airbnb allowing clients to track bookings, while PAs and managers can reserve stays for travellers.