What is it, that is so important to women when they travel for business? Are female business travelers the most demanding customers of luxury hotels today? Those are questions I can answer from experience.
Traveling for work usually means that the schedule is tight: meetings, calls, business lunches and probably evening events. To make sure those kinds of busy days go smoothly, women choose hotels that they can fully count on when it comes to everything that supports them in the background of their work day.
Taking into consideration the high rates of luxury hotels, working women who regularly stay at such hotels on business trips have usually reached a certain level of achievement and status within the company they work for, or have accomplished entrepreneurial success. Certainly, one can expect that these women know not only what business amenities are necessities, but also what they expect from personal services, dining and room accommodations when traveling and working on the go. When choosing a hotel, the expectation is for a high level of service and quality of all amenities, from the moment they check-in and beyond.
Many factors influence women when they choose their hotel, from the convenience and safety of the neighborhood, to transportation choices, to the proximity of great shopping possibilities. Must have amenities include high-end concierge service, overnight laundry service and 24h in-room dining with healthy food options. Noise-free rooms, comfortable beds, luxurious body products and a variety of spa treatments are a few examples of the important small details that allow women to decide if they like a hotel or not. These are some of the attributes that actually make a hotel the perfect choice for a discerning female business traveler.
The Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva and Lac Leman
On January 15th 2018, the world’s most exclusive by-invitation-only exhibition for luxurious timepieces, the SIHH 2018, will open its doors at Palexpo in Geneva. It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the watch industry, the city and its hotels. Here are the three most exceptional hotels in Geneva, that no matter what the season or event is, offer luxury in every detail to make their guests feel at home away from home and fulfill all criteria a female business traveler does wish for.
Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva
This legendary building, now known as the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues, was at one time home to Geneva’s first hotel and has been a landmark in the city’s history since 1834. Today it is the number one choice of upper class clientele from around the world. The hotel is internationally known as a luxurious property providing exceptional personal services to its guests. The purist interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon, stages this historical building as art for the eye. Although the lobby and salons are quite spacious, the hotel exudes a welcoming coziness that female travelers find comforting, even when traveling alone. A total of 115 luxurious guest rooms and suites provide views over Lac Leman and the hotel’s dreamy courtyard. Located in the heart of Geneva, a few footsteps from the lake and la Rue du Rhone (Geneva’s luxurious shopping mile), the property is a famous hotspot for locals too. Two fine dining restaurants, a bar and a tea room are all inviting places to host meetings without ever leaving the hotel.
To unwind after a busy day or journey, guests can visit one of the city’s famous spas, ‘Le Spa Mont Blanc’, located on the top floor of the hotel. The latest addition to their spa menu is a phenomenal Ayurveda aroma therapy collection by the Australian brand ‘Subtle Energies’. The experience calms even after a long, busy day and guarantees a happy and relaxing stay.
Insider tip: Ask for a glimpse of the rooftop view when you are there (open only in summer). The views over the city, lake and Swiss Alps are breathtaking!
Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Des Bergues Geneva
Mandarin Oriental Geneva
When Swiss charm meets modern design and one of the city’s best concierges, you know you are staying at the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. Located right next to River Rhone, this city retreat offers personalized service for business travelers on all levels. Besides an in-room office, the best breakfast in bed service as well as stunning river and mountain views, the guest rooms offer advanced technology, so that working from the room is easy and convenient. Adding to all of this, the hotel offers an unbeatable concierge service that makes every effort to fulfill all of your wishes by assisting with bookings and organizing your busy schedule to make your stay as comfortable as possible, especially for female travelers. You will appreciate the support while away from home and office.
Insider tip: For those who would like to enjoy a truly Swiss experience there is currently a Swiss chalet style pop-up restaurant located at Mandarin Oriental’s café. Swiss specialties such as ‘Roesti’ or ‘Zuercher Gschnetzeltes’ will await you there and will be served in a sophisticated way – the Mandarin Oriental way.
Mandarin Oriental Geneva and River Rhone views.
Hotel President Wilson Geneva
A hotel known for hosting the world’s most expensive Presidential Suite, called the Royal Penthouse Suite, is certain to offer exquisite standards to its guests. Situated right on the shore of Lac Leman, the Hotel President Wilson offers truly beautiful views. The large bay windows offer panoramic views over the lake, the Swiss Alps and the hotel’s luxurious pool. These are the iconic kinds of views that deserve the famous #roomwithaview Instagram hashtag. Also very instagrammable are the hotel’s famous flower arrangements in the entrance foyer that change weekly. The 204 guest rooms and 22 suites with their modern and light design make you feel ‘home away from home’. Except if you stay in the presidential suite – then you’ll probably feel like “can I stay here forever?!”. Topped with a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s a wonderful city retreat experience for her.
Insider tip: The property exclusively hosts the only La Mer Spa in Switzerland. La Mer is considered one of the most favorite beauty brands by business women. The holistic brand offers its range of deeply hydrating and rejuvenating facial and body treatments that will let every woman shine confidence and feel beautiful before she conquers a day of meetings in Geneva.
Royal Penthouse Suite of Hotel President Wilson in Geneva and panoramic views of Lac Leman and the Alps.
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