Top 10 Australian business hotels 2013
Booking your next conference can be a daunting task but these hotels promise style and comfort, as Patrick Will reports
If you’re planning a national conference, meeting with interstate colleagues, or trying to land that big international client, then the value of a good business hotel is undisputed.
Discerning business executives demand comfortable rooms and state-of-the-art conference facilities. Management Today has collected data from hotel awards, consumer surveys, business executives and other authorities to bring you our definitive 2013 list of Australia’s best business hotels.
With a recent report by Concur – a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions – revealing Australian cities are among the most expensive for business travel, expect to pay top dollar in most locations.
However, the smart shopper will look outside the major metropolitan areas and discover some beautiful regional options that offer relaxed business accommodation at a reduced price.
10. The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland
Port Hedland, Western Australia
A business event in the Pilbara does not mean cutting corners on either accommodation or dining. The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland, with 108 modern and stylish rooms, features local artwork as well as broadband and wireless internet access and complimentary Foxtel.
It has everything you’ll ever need for a successful business trip to the heart of the Pilbara. The Esplanade is also Port Hedland’s largest integrated conference facility, with seating for up to 80 people and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology.
Restaurant 1904 serves pub food such as chargrilled steaks and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Facilities: Conference facilities for up to 80 people.
Dining: Australian cuisine, featuring fresh local seafood.
Price: From $295 a person
9. Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Situated next to the South Bank River, Rydges South Bank Brisbane is a convenient choice for a business trip. The rooms boast all the conveniences you’d expect from a four-star hotel.
There are two dining options in the hotel: the Bacchus restaurant uses some of the finest olive oils to create twists on classics, while the CBD Café Bar & Dining serves wood-fired pizzas.
Facilities: Dedicated conference facilities seating up to 600.
Dining: Modern European.
Price: Standard room from $179
8. Lancemore Group
Sometimes a business meeting is better conducted away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With this in mind, Victoria’s Lancemore Group is the perfect location for your next corporate rural retreat.
Nestled among the Macedon Ranges, just 40 minutes from Melbourne Airport, Lancemore Hill was one of Australia’s first purpose-built conference hotels. And with three other conference properties under the Lancemore banner, you need not look any further for your next rural Victorian meeting.
With seating for up to 130 delegates, high speed wi-fi throughout the property and the latest in AV equipment, Lancemore Hill is the perfect location for your next business retreat.
And with 71 luxurious hotel rooms overlooking the rolling Victorian countryside you can watch the local wildlife pass by. The Macedon Ranges are quickly developing a reputation as one of Australia’s premier food and wine destinations, and with several quality restaurants and wineries near Lancemore Hill, it’s easy to see why.
Facilities: Seating for 130 delegates.
Dining: Many award-winning restaurants and wineries nearby.
Price: From $185 a person
7. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Lovedale, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is a popular NSW holiday location. However, it is also a highly coveted regional function area. A smart place to stay while on a business trip to the Hunter is the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Just
2 1⁄2 hours from the Sydney CBD, and set among one of Australia’s premier wine districts, the Crowne Plaza features a ballroom with seating for up to 400. The eight other meeting rooms feature state-of- the-art AV technology, and with a dedicated team of technicians for each room, your presentation will go off without a hitch.
The award-winning Redsalt Restaurant features modern Australian cuisine matched with Hunter Valley wines. The rooms boast a large workspace, broadband internet and panoramic views of either the pool or the 18-hole golf course.
Facilities: Seating for up to 1000.
Dining: Redsalt Restaurant, serving modern Australian cuisine.
Price: From $209 per person
6. Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
In the heart of Tasmania’s capital, the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel offers a range of rooms, from hotel to serviced apartments, all spacious and fitted with wireless internet access, a work desk, TV and DVD player, tea, coffee and toast- making facilities. The building may be more than 100 years old but the Woolstore is modern and comfortable – the perfect mix of old and new.
The 218sq m Merino room can seat up to 200 delegates and can be adapted to suit your needs. As well as the onsite facilities, the old Woolstore is near the Hobart Convention Centre, which can seat up to 500 delegates.
The Stockman’s Restaurant uses world-class Tasmanian produce to create hearty meals, while the Baaa Bar has a range of Tasmanian beers and wines and in-house cocktails.
Receiving a bronze award at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in the “Business Tourism” category, the Old Woolstore is an excellent choice for your next Tassie conference.
Facilities: Seating for up to 200 in the hotel, close to Hobart Convention Centre, which seats up to 500.
Dining: The Stockman’s Restaurant – modern Australian using local produce.
Price: from $134 a person
5. Hotel Realm
Located in the heart of the Parliamentary Triangle, minutes away from cultural icons, restaurants and the Canberra CBD, Hotel Realm has developed a reputation as a business hotel with excellent rooms, superb conference facilities, and award-winning food. With seating for up to 800 guests, high-speed wireless internet and in-house AV equipment, the National Ballroom is an excellent place for a large-scale seminar.
With several other options for smaller groups, Hotel Realm is a facility perfectly suited for your next business event in the nation’s capital.
The rooms at the Realm are modern, stylish and functional. They feature high-speed internet access, an Apple Mac- Mini in-room system and complimentary morning newspapers. The hotel also has an award-winning health club and a hair salon.
Facilities: Seating up to 800
Dining: A range of options, from Chinese to Mediterranean, with several excellent restaurants nearby
Price: From $220 per person
4. Hyatt Regency Perth
Perth, Western Australia
Featuring some of the most extensive conference facilities in Perth, the Hyatt Regency can accommodate up to 1000 delegates in its Grand Ballroom. They can also cater for smaller functions in one of the other hotel boardrooms.
Dining at the Regency is a delight, with Joe's Oriental Diner adjacent to the hotel and serving a variety of Asian food, a hidden treasure favoured by locals.
Facilities: Seating for up to 1000 delegates
Dining: A range of options, including Asian cuisine
Price: From $260 per person
3. Reef View Hotel
Hamilton Island, Queensland
Reef View Hotel does not have conference facilities, however it does have the Hamilton Island Conference Centre right next door. The centre offers seating for up to 1000 people, with various other smaller rooms.
The four-star hotel boasts a 35m lap pool and most rooms are afforded panoramic views over the coral sea.
Facilities: Adjoins Hamilton Island Conference Centre, which seats 1000 delegates
Dining: Several restaurants nearby
Price: From $360 per person
2. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
The Sofitel on Collins is convenient for any meeting you have scheduled in the city. The Grand Ballroom seats 1000, while the Arthur Streeton Auditorium can hold 352 in cinema-style seating. The hotel's restaurant, No. 35, delivers modern Australian cuisine.
Many of the stylish rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, while some of the more luxurious rooms have seating available for those important post-conference drinks.
Facilities: Conference facilities for 1000
Dining: No. 35 - modern Australian
Price: From $220 per person
1. Hilton Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales
For the second year in a row, the Sydney Hilton is number one on Mt's list of top business hotels - and for good reason. Right in the heart of Emerald City, the Hilton is close to public transport and the CBD, making it a perfect central hub for travelling to meet a client or co-worker. However, with 23 different meeting and function rooms spread over 4000 square metres, you won't have to travel anywhere to hold a world-class meeting. It has 523 luxurious hotel rooms, so you'll be in comfort for the entirety of your stay.
Facilities: 23 meeting rooms
Price: From $229 per person
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