Best Hotels in New York City for Mixing Business with Pleasure

by Jane Reynolds on May 22, 2013

Plenty of business people find themselves traveling to New York City for work. And while New York has plenty to offer all kinds of travelers, it can be tough for business travelers to find some time to enjoy the city’s many perks. Fortunately, we’ve gone through our database and have found the top business hotels that are perfect for mixing business and pleasure.

For the Sports Fanatic: ONE UN New York

Tennis courts at the ONE UN New York

Across the street from the UN, the ONE UN is a popular choice among diplomats and dignitaries, and thus is well-equipped for business travelers. Business-minded amenities include 7,500 square feet of meeting space, room service, a new coffee bar, and rooms with large work spaces. Sports and fitness fanatics will be particularly happy at this hotel, which boasts a 24-hour fitness center, a lap pool with an on-duty lifeguard and great city views, and an indoor tennis court; the ONE UN is the only New York City hotel to have one.


For the Celebrity-Obsessed: Gramercy Park Hotel

Lobby at the Gramercy Park Hotel

The Gramercy Park Hotel is one of the hippest options in New York City. Business travelers take advantage of the hotel’s meeting rooms and numerous venues, 24-hour fitness center, and spa services. But it’s not just business travelers you’ll see at this luxe spot; celebs such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Sting, and Chace Crawford have all been spotted at the hotel.


For the Views Lover: The Empire Hotel

Rooftop at The Empire Hotel

Located across the street from Lincoln Center, The Empire Hotel is a sleek Upper West Side option. While it attracts numerous tourists, it is also a solid option for business travelers, with amenities such as meeting rooms, a fitness center, room service, overnight shoe shines, and secretarial services. But the highlight here, for many guests – no matter their travel reasons, is the rooftop bar and lounge, which has gorgeous views of the city.


For the Budget Savvy: Holiday Inn NYC – Manhattan 6th Avenue

Room at the Holiday Inn

It certainly isn’t the fanciest option in New York, but this Holiday Inn in Chelsea offers a great value for business travelers, with amenities such as meeting rooms, a fitness center, a small business center, room service and an on-site restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel even offers pet-friendly rooms for those who can’t leave behind their pooch when they’re traveling for work.


For the Culture Buff: The Mark

Bar at The Mark

A historic hotel that reopened in 2009, The Mark is synonymous with Upper East Side class, while maintaining more of a cool vibe than grand dames such as The Pierre and The Plaza. From heated towel racks, free Wi-Fi, and remote controls that monitor all aspects in the rooms, to 24-hour room service by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, from cell phone rentals, to the 24-hour business center, from on-call iButlers, to the two meeting rooms, the hotel is well-equipped for business travelers. But culture buffs in particular will love the Mark’s location on Madison Avenue, just a short walk from numerous museums such as The Metropolitan, The Frick, The Guggenheim, and The Museum of Natural History across the park.


For the Luxury Traveler: The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park

Ritz Carlton Battery Park

Located in Manhattan’s Financial District, The Ritz-Carlton is frequented almost exclusively by business travelers (and those who prefer the quieter downtown area versus bustling Midtown). Thus, the hotel caters to guests traveling for work with business-minded amenities such as 12,000 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour room service, free overnight shoe shines and morning newspapers, and a classy restaurant for impressing clients. And the hotel, in keeping with the brand, goes for over-the-top luxury. This Ritz-Carlton boasts a beautiful spa, a spacious, modern fitness center, views of the Statue of Liberty, and gorgeous rooms with plush bedding, designer toiletries, and up-to-date technology and amenities.



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