Hotels are continuing to evolve creative workspaces to adapt to a workforce that is increasingly blurring the lines between business and leisure. More than ever these location independent travellers are seeking hotels that provide the convenience of mobile offices yet reflect their attitudes toward edgy design.
These design hotels have unmistakable personality and the location and facilities to keep even the busiest traveller happy.
The Mira is an urban retreat located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district. Rooms come in shades of red, green, silver or purple and can easily be transformed into personal offices with the unique ‘My Mobile’ service that transforms the hotel room telephone into a mobile phone so no calls are missed. The Mira also offers flexible packages, with rooms available for 24 hours after check-in time to ensure you’ll be in sync regardless of arrival or departure time.
Staff at Brown TLV go the extra mile to make corporate meetings as memorable as possible, with complimentary champagne receptions for events and exclusive use of the brilliant terrace for private gatherings. The bar is one of latest hotspots in the city, while the hotel itself is located in one of Tel Aviv’s most vibrant districts, with numerous galleries, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. When you’re done entertaining clients, jump on a free bike and explore the city or take a complimentary guest pass and go work out at the local gym.
Singapore is certainly trying to push Hong Kong off the mantle as the place to do business in Asia, so it’s great to see some hotels responding to the trend. Klapsons is located at the southern edge of the Central Business District and 10 minutes from Vivocity (Singapore’s ‘premiere retail and lifestyle destination’) and Sentosa Island. Three hotel’s three meeting facilities all have brilliant views of the Singapore Port and CBD. Although the hotel is intimate, with only 17 guestrooms, it can accommodate up to 300 guests for sit-down banquets or cocktail receptions.
Located in the heart of ‘European’ Istanbul’s Nisantasi District, here guests will find Milanese design at the bridge to the Orient. The hotel has a meeting room perfect for small events and the private lounge can also be used for business get togethers. At night the lounge transforms into a hub for local trendsetters, with club sounds spinning all night.
The hotel offers refreshing take on the classic, in cool contrast the grand and gilded properties typical of Lucerne. Designer Jean Nouvel opted for projected movie scenes from his favourite directors instead of frescoes and ceiling artworks. The restaurant was the first in Lucerne to introduce French-Asian fusion cuisine and has become a popular local hub. Business travellers benefit from excellent offsite meeting facilities and a dedicated events team.