International travel should have its challenges.
But finding a solid hotel for a business trip is not one among them.
CNBC Travel and the market data firm Statista today release a rating of the “Best Hotels for Business Travelers” in Europe.
That is the primary rating of its kind between CNBC and Statista, who’re also releasing hotel rankings within the Middle East today. Asia-Pacific rankings were published in September.
In total, we analyzed greater than 10,000 four- and five-star hotels in 117 locations to supply lists corporate travelers can trust. We did this using a three-step process:
- Asking business travelers and hotel industry professionals to reply a CNBC reader survey which ran from May 3 to June 7, 2022.
- Reviewing greater than 1 million hotel data points, which included objective information (location, business facilities, food, leisure activities and room characteristics) and subjective reviews (gathered from Google, TripAdvisor, Expedia and similar web sites).
- Weighting the information to prioritize the hotel characteristics deemed most significant within the reader survey.
For full details about our research methodology, click here.
From Amsterdam to Zurich, here is the total list of the European winners in PDF format — complete with final scores — a few of that are highlighted below.
Alternatively, you may search by city or country using the table here:
- Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
- Canal House Suites at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
- Hotel Okura Amsterdam
- Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
- Conservatorium Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Source: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam tied for the very best scores for customer reviews amongst Europe’s largest financial centers, a distinction it shared with Rome’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli. Travelers rave in regards to the canal-side location, but they are saying it is the smaller points — the turndown service, fresh tulips within the room, the luxurious bedding — that make it one among Amsterdam’s finest hotels.
- Louisa’s Place
- InterContinental Berlin
- SO/Berlin Das Stue
- Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
- KPM Hotel & Residences
In a city with ample competition from major hotel brands, the owner-run Louisa’s Place — named after Queen Louise of Prussia — topped our list. Built around 1900, the boutique hotel in West Berlin has 47 spacious rooms, each with high ceilings and separate bedrooms.
- Steigenberger Wiltcher’s
- Sofitel Brussels Europe
- Hotel Manos Premier
- Le Louise Hotel Brussels – MGallery
- Stanhope Hotel Brussels
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s location on the celebrated Avenue Louise — and its style, aptly described as “luxurious simplicity” — make it a favourite with business travelers in Belgium. Travelers can take an online tour of the hotel before visiting, virtually walking the hallways to see into its restaurants and ballrooms.
- Hotel Kong Arthur
- Villa Copenhagen
- Hotel Skt Petri
- Zoku Copenhagen
Charlottehaven has hotel apartments in two areas — the larger units within the “Garden” and the newer apartments within the “Tower” which have 180-degree views of town. The hotel combines kitchens, laundry areas and other comforts of a house with the amenities of a hotel. Nearby metro and train stations make it easy to commute around town too.
- The Merrion
- InterContinental Dublin
- The Marker
- Camden Court Hotel
- The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection
Source: The Merrion
Scoring 3.78 (out of a possible 4 points), the five-star Merrion hotel in the middle of Dublin tied for the second highest overall rating in Europe. Its 142 rooms and suites are inside 4 restored Georgian townhouses dating to the 1760s. There’s also a two-star Michelin restaurant — Ireland’s first — plus two bars, a spa and 6 meeting spaces.
- Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
- JW Marriott Hotel Frankfurt
- Best Western Premier IB Hotel Friedberger Warte
- Le Meridien Frankfurt
- Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt
Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
Source: Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
The Sofitel Frankfurt Opera is on Opera Square, or the Opernplatz, near town’s famed opera house. Along with its central location, the hotel wins over business travelers for the small touches that make for seamless stays: complimentary automobile valets and minibar beverages, 24-hour room service and classy rooms outfitted with Illy espresso machines and Bose sound systems.
- 4 Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
- Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
- Hilton Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre
- The Woodward Geneve
- La Reserve Geneve Hotel & Spa
4 Seasons Hotel des Bergues
Source: 4 Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
Marble bathrooms, down pillows and balconettes with unobstructed views of Lake Geneva — these are a number of the reasons the 4 Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva consistently ranks among the many city’s most luxurious places to remain. Business travelers can take meetings to the following level with private tours of the nearby Patek Philippe Museum or helicopter tours over Mont Blanc — with all details organized by the hotel.
- The Langham London
- The Savoy
- Bulgari Hotel London
- One Aldwych
- The Lanesborough
The Langham London
Source: The Langham London
The Langham London is a U.K. institution. It’s got a West End location, restaurants helmed by the two-Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr., and a bar, Artesian, that was named the world’s best 4 times in a row. Travelers who book executive rooms or higher get access to The Langham Club, which comes with perks like private check-ins, pressing services, all-day dining options and personal meeting spaces.
- Gran Hotel Ingles
- Barcelo Torre de Madrid
- Rosewood Villa Magna
- VP Plaza Espana Design
- Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid
Gran Hotel Ingles
Source: Gran Hotel Ingles
It’s rare for a small property to outrank major hospitality corporations, but Gran Hotel Ingles has done exactly that. “Pure luxury” is how the 48-room hotel is described by travelers, from its sleek interior to its cocktail weekend events accompanied by live music. Opened in 1886, the hotel is claimed to be Madrid’s oldest.
- Hotel Viu Milan
- Excelsior Hotel Gallia
- Best Western Plus Hotel Galles
- Milano Verticale | UNA Esperienze
- Armani Hotel Milano
Hotel Viu Milan
Source: Marriott International
The web site for Hotel Viu Milan leads off — not with its rooms or restaurants — but with one word: bleisure. That is because this hotel is serious about mixing business stays with leisure: morning yoga on the terrace, aperitives after work and dinner on the on-site restaurant Morelli, helmed by the Italian Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli.
- The Thief
- Hotel Continental
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
- Clarion Hotel The Hub
- Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Source: The Thief
The Thief Hotel on Tjuvholmen, or “Thief Islet,” takes its name from its seedy past as a hotbed of criminals. Now it’s an upmarket neighborhood known for art and architecture. Art features prominently within the hotel too, as do designer furniture and upmarket Nordic cuisine.
- Hotel de la Ville
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli
- Hotel Villa Pamphili Roma
- Hotel Artemide
- Anantara Palazzo Naiadi
The historic Hotel de la Ville, next to the Spanish Steps, is a Rocco Forte Hotel — an organization bearing the name of one among Italy’s most famous hotelier families. Business travelers love its rooftop bar and central courtyard, however it’s the concierge — known to assist with insider suggestions and hard-to-book restaurant reservations — that provides the hotel the sting in Italy’s capital city.
- Le Bristol Paris
- Les Jardins du Faubourg
- Kimpton – St Honore Paris
- Pullman Paris Center-Bercy
- Le Meurice
Le Bristol Paris
Source: Le Bristol Paris | Claire Cocano
Guests of Le Bristol Paris can count President Emmanuel Macron as a neighbor — Elysee Palace, the official residence of France’s president — is just steps away. From white-gloved service to its three-Michelin-starred restaurant Epicure, the hotel is the peak of Parisian elegance and culinary excellence.
- Grand Hotel Stockholm
- Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Stockholm
- Hotel At Six
- Bank Hotel
- Lydmar Hotel
Grand Hotel Stockholm
Source: Grand Hotel Stockholm
Tying for No. 2 in overall points with Dublin’s The Merrion, the fashionable Grand Hotel Stockholm secured the highest rating for its amenities and facilities, not only in Sweden, but in all of Europe. Its waterfront location is bolstered by 4 restaurants, a champagne bar, spa and gym, the latter with personal trainers. Room service is out there around the clock for those with late-night work to finish.
- Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz
- Hotel Sans Souci Wien
- The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- The Harmonie Vienna
- Grand Hotel Wien
This grand hotel in-built 1845 is the previous home of Austrian royalty. The all-suite boutique hotel has a restaurant with two Michelin stars and a wine cellar that is claimed to accommodate some 60,000 bottles of wine.
- The Dolder Grand
- Widder Hotel
- Baur au Lac
- Park Hyatt Zurich
- Acasa Suites Zurich
The Dolder Grand
Source: The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand can have opened in 1899, but this hotel outside of Zurich’s city center has an almost futuristic feel. The inside features works by Salvador Dali and Jean Tinguely, and it has a two-Michelin starred restaurant and a 4,000-square-foot spa. From royalty to rock legends, former guests include King Charles and The Rolling Stones.
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— Natalie Tham contributed to this report.