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5 Things Business Travelers Didn’t Know They Needed In A Hotel

The “business travel” life has had a steady change in behavior over the last 16 years. This is largely thanks to innovative apps, online advancements, and especially our smart phones.

Being able to accomplish everything through the internet is changing the culture of travel in surprising ways.

Most recently, “Bleisure” has emerged as something that is slowly becoming popular among business travelers. It essentially captures that ‘work-life balance’ principle trumpeted by today’s corporate climate. Meaning, business travelers are opting to extend a work trip throughout the weekend to include a much needed holiday.

That said, here are five hotel essentials to achieve that work-life balance in your next business trip:


1. Location, location, location

Finding the location

Nobody wants to get stuck in traffic on a busy and demanding day, therefore the location of your hotel of choice is so important. Choose a hotel that is conveniently located to where your meetings will be held.

2. Fast internet and a good working space in the room

Working at hotel

A fast and reliable internet connection, which is generally available in most hotels these days, is a must when traveling for work. What is more important is finding a hotel room that is conducive for office work with necessities like multiple sockets, a comfortable desk chair and proper lighting.

3. 24/7 in-room dining

Room service

After an exhausting flight and time zone changes, having 24/7 room service is a necessity.

4. A gym and spa for your downtime

Spa in the hotel

When the endless slew of meetings have finished, nothing is better than going to a gym or a spa for a relaxing afternoon.

5. Good restaurants and cafes for meetings

Business meeting outside office

An important part of business trips is to negotiate partner deals. Thus, an impressive restaurant or cafe that has the right ambience to hold meetings is a must.

Recommended Hotels

Now that those tips are out of the way. Check out our recommended business hotels in Metro Manila for the professionals:


1. Diamond Hotel Philippines

Diamond Hotel Lobby
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  • Location: Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Ermita, Manila
  • What to know: Excellent location in the heart of downtown Manila. This 5-star hotel has elegantly designed rooms that feature free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, mini bars and a sitting area facing the gorgeous view of the bay.
    This hotel has six restaurants, which includes Yurakuen – an upscale Japanese restaurant, which is dubbed the most authentic you can find in Manila. There is a health club and spa, a swimming pool and a whirlpool, as well as a tennis court for recreational activities.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.6 Impressive
  • Check the latest Diamond Hotel rates here


2. The Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel Lobby
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  • Location: One Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
  • What to know: Recently renovated in 2012, this iconic luxury hotel is fully equipped with modern facilities and amenities. Bathrooms are finished in marble with TVs in tubs and rainfall showerheads.
    The famous Ilang-Ilang cafe serves buffet with nine live cooking stations of local and international cuisine.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.9 Impressive
  • Check the latest Manila Hotel rates here

Read 5 Budget-friendly Business Hotels in the Philippines

3. F1 Hotel Manila

F1 Hotel Manila Taguig
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  • Location: 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
  • What to know: Located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, this modern hotel comes with Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, Ipod docks and kitchenettes in each room. There is a 24-hour gym with excellent views, a terrace lounge with 3 swimming pools, and the airport shuttle is available for a fee.
  • Traveloka rating : 8.3 Impressive
  • Check the latest F1 Hotel Manila rates here


4. Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila

Crimson Pool Hotel Filinvest Manila

  • Location: 2609 Civic Drive Entrata Urban Complex, Filinvest City Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • What to know: Conveniently located in the southern metro, it’s the perfect location for business travel in Alabang. This 5-star hotel has all the amenities one might need for corporate leisure, including an executive lounge.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.8 Impressive
  • Check the latest Crimson Hotel Filinvest Manila rates here


5. Lub d Philippines Makati

Lub D Poblacion Makati

  • Location: 7820 Makati Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
  • What to know: Located in the busy and exciting Poblacion district, this casually designed hotel is 10 kilometers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Catering more to millennial business travelers, this hotel has options for booking dorm rooms. Free parking and a rooftop restaurant and bar are also available.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.9 Impressive
  • Check the latest Lub D Philippines Makati rates here

Read Lub d Philippines Hostel is Makati’s Hub for Work and Play

6. I’M Hotel Makati

I'M Hotel Exterior

  • Location: Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
  • What to know: Recently nominated the best urban hotel in 2018, this hotel has the largest urban spa in Manila with an Onsen concept and an acrylic-bottomed infinity pool. The I’M Hotel Club Lounge is fashioned much like a gentleman’s library, which is perfect for business meetings. Apart from a number of dining options available, the rooftop bar is the highlight of this hotel.
  • Traveloka rating: 9.0 Impressive
  • Check the latest I’M Hotel Makati rates here


7. KL Serviced Residences Managed by HII

KL Serviced Residences

  • Location: 117 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, San Lorenzo, Makati
  • What to know: Strategically positioned in the central business district of Makati, this apartment hotel is close to everywhere their guests need to go. With relaxed interiors for the urban dwellers, the apartments boast complete amenities for a longer stay.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.6 Impressive
  • Check the latest KL Serviced Residences rates here


8. Seda Bonifacio Global City

Seda BGC Hotel

  • Location: 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • What to know: This hotel in Bonifacio High Street is surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment. It’s an urban oasis in the midst of the fast-paced concrete jungle that part of Taguig City.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.7 Impressive
  • Check the latest Seda BGC rates here

Read Top Hotels for Staycation in Manila for Any Occasion

9. The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel

  • Location: Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Pasig
  • What to know: A cozy hotel that has the perfect balance of value and comfort. It is located in the central business district of Ortigas and perfect for a short stay.
  • Check the latest Exchange Regency Residence Hotel rates here


10. Discovery Suites Manila Philippines

Discovery Suites Ortigas Manila

  • Location: 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Pasig
  • What to know: This premier serviced residence is ideal for long staying guests. It is located in between Ortigas and Eastwood City. All suites have its own kitchen and dining areas, with the option to use the business center and its eight function rooms for meetings and conferences.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.8 Impressive
  • Check the latest Discovery Suites Manila rates here


11. Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila

Best Western Hotel La Corona

  • Location: 1166 M.H. Del Pilar corner Arquiza Street, Ermita, Manila
  • What to know: This modern Asian themed boutique hotel is located in Ermita which makes the location perfect for business and leisure travelers who want to explore downtown Manila.
  • Traveloka rating: 8.8 Impressive
  • Check the latest Best Western Hotel La Corona rates here

Read 10 Best Hotels for A Staycation in Metro Manila

12. Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences Managed by HII

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

  • Location: 119 LP Leviste Street Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati
  • What to know: This artistically chic hotel can be found in the central business district of Makati. Adjacent to it is an upscale restaurant and bistro that is perfect to hold business meetings. There is also a high quality spa and salon.
  • Traveloka rating: 9.0 Impressive
  • Check the latest Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences rates here

With all these different hotels upping the quality of business travel, not only is traveling for work a necessity, but it has become a pleasure as well. Now, it’s just a matter of choosing the right hotel and the services they offer.

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