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New directions.

The best newly opened business hotels in 2014.

New directions.

United in design: The highest-rated new business hotels of 2014 experiment with art, their location in unusual places – and new business travel trends.

London Motel One London-Tower Hill
London Motel One London-Tower Hill

The one focuses on eccentricity, the other on sustainability. The one has the Berlin’s Tiergarten park on its doorstep, the other Berlin’s main train station. The one calls itself a design hotel, the other a luxury hotel. But however different the 25hours Bikini and the Steigenberger am Kanzleramt may be, one thing unites them: With their particular focus, they have already made a name for themselves on the fiercely competitive Berlin hotel market in the year of their opening– and creamed off positive ratings from their guests for it too.

Outlandish design concepts like those in the 25hours Bikini with its jungle rooms and open conference rooms for creative meetings are in vogue – in other newly opened hotels worldwide too. The Brooklyn Hotel in Amsterdam is situated in the middle of a former wharf and plays with industrial charm; the H10 Art Gallery in Barcelona is more reminiscent of a contemporary art museum than a classical hotel. And even luxury hotels like the Steigenberger in Berlin use colourful designer furniture within the concrete-heavy façade to set a focus that sets itself apart from the traditional concepts.

And something else is noticeable about the new business hotels: More and more frequently, long-term guests are finding room for their wishes – in the most literal sense of the word. Even the smallest hotel in the HRS ranking with 19 rooms – the Hotel Primus in Vienna – has fitted out five rooms for guests who have to make longer business stays in the city. Among other things, they have the use of their own kitchen – for a feeling of homeliness during their stay.

Amsterdam Brooklyn Hotel
Four-star boutique hotel (88 rooms) opposite the main train station (free ferry transport, crossing takes ten minutes). Distinctive feature: industrial charm on the site of a former wharf and yet close to the city centre, bright conference room with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Berlin Steigenberger am Kanzleramt
Five-star luxury hotel (339 rooms) directly beside the main train station with a view of the German Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt). Distinctive feature: sustainability-oriented hotel (organic and recycled products, certified waste and building management, green meetings), IT concierge.

Berlin 25hours Bikini
Four-star design hotel (149 rooms) with a view of the Berlin Zoo, walking distance from the Zoologischer Garten train station (direct connection to Messe Süd station at the trade-fair grounds). Distinctive features: free MINI and bicycle rental, design concept with “Jungle” and “Urban” elements, rooftop terrace.

Berlin 25hours Bikini
Berlin 25hours Bikini


Warschau Plaza Hotel
Four-star luxury hotel (146 rooms), four kilometres from the F. Chopin Airport and 10 kilometres from the city centre/main train station. Distinctive feature: Special shuttle bus from the airport guests of the Plaza Hotel, event managers for all five conference rooms and four VIP halls.

London Motel One London-Tower Hill
Budget design hotel (291 rooms) right in the middle of the metropolis on the Thames, close to Tower Bridge. Distinctive features: the first Motel One in London, coffee-/tea-making facilities in all rooms.

Barcelona H10 Art Gallery
Four-star superior hotel (91 rooms) in the city centre, three and six kilometres respectively from Barcelona’s two trade-fair grounds. Distinctive features: The design of each floor is dedicated to a different contemporary artist, indoor parking (additional charge), laundry service.

Barcelona H10 Art Gallery
Barcelona H10 Art Gallery


Peking Camic International Convention Center
Five-star hotel (153 rooms) in Peking’s largest quarter and embassy district Chaoyang, 14 kilometres to Capital International Airport. Distinctive features: Indoor tennis court, free parking, meeting suite.

Singapur The Singapore Resort and Spa Sentosa Managed By Accor
Five-star hotel on the island of Sentosa with a view of the ocean, only a few minutes from downtown Singapore. Distinctive feature: Separate conference centre with eight meeting rooms (1,300 square metres), situated in tropical gardens.