6 places where clients can stay in style without draining your wallet
As a small business owner, it’s crucial that you make a good impression on out-of-town clients—but unlike an executive at a larger company, you can’t fork over the funds for your guests to stay at a pricey luxury hotel. Check out these hotels in six major cities that are sure to wow your clients without breaking the bank.
1. Chicago: Kinzie Hotel (rates from $169)
A block from the Chicago River in the heart of the Windy City, this boutique hotel isn’t afflicted with the “Anywhere, USA” syndrome common among large chains. The modern, luxurious rooms feature Chicago-themed decor, and guests can rev up for a busy day with in-room Keurig machines and unwind at night with H2O Plus spa products. The Kinzie Hotel is sure to inspire business travelers: It’s named for John Kinzie, a pioneer who came to Chicago in 1803 and became a successful fur trader, silversmith and businessman.
2. Philadelphia: The Independent Hotel (rates from $140)
With natural hardwood floors, wool area rugs and fluffy bedding, the 24 rooms of this hotel feel like home to a weary business traveler. The rooms in this restored Georgian Revival building feature historic touches such as original tin ceilings, exposed brick walls and fireplaces. Your clients will be wowed as soon as they step into the The Independent’s gorgeous lobby, with its crystal chandelier and 30-foot mural by a local artist. On weeknights, they can relax at a wine-and-cheese reception.
3. Dallas: Magnolia Hotel Dallas (rates from $129)
Your clients won’t have any trouble locating this boutique hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s nestled in one of the city’s most recognizable buildings: the former headquarters of Mobil Oil’s predecessor, the Magnolia Petroleum Co., with the company’s red Pegasus sign illuminated on the rooftop. From upscale rooms to extended-stay suites, guests have their pick of comfortable accommodations—not to mention complimentary milk and cookies.
4. Orlando: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando (rates from $219)
Work in a creative industry? Your clients will love this luxurious downtown hotel, where the rooms boast jewel-toned velvet drapes, pillowtop beds and marble-accented bathrooms. From the art gallery in the lobby to the sculptures decorating the pool area, the Grand Bohemian exudes culture and sophistication.
5. Raleigh: Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown (rates from $119)
The boutique hotel trend hasn’t yet made its way to this North Carolina city, but guests at the Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown—with its modern room furnishings and elegant lobby—are thrilled with this big-name brand hotel. “This hotel is really a five-star boutique hotel,” raved one TripAdvisor reviewer. “The rooms reminded me of the Peninsula in Chicago.”
6. Atlanta: The Ellis Hotel (rates from $129)
With calming, neutral-toned room decor and spa-like touches such as granite countertops and rain showers, the Ellis Hotel is a relaxing retreat amid the hustle of downtown Atlanta. If your client is female, book her a room on the women’s-only floor, where the rooms include comfy slippers and curling and straightening irons.