International travel can still have its challenges.
But finding a solid hotel for a business trip is not one of them.
CNBC Travel and market data company Statista today release a Ranking of the “Best Hotels for Business Travelers” in Europe.
This is the first ranking of its kind between CNBC and Statista, who also publish hotel rankings in the Middle East today. Asia Pacific rankings were released in September.
In total, we analyzed more than 10,000 four and five star hotels in 117 locations to create lists that business travelers can trust. We did this using a three-step process:
- Ask business travelers and hospitality professionals to answer a CNBC reader poll that ran May 3 – June 7, 2022.
- Review of more than 1 million hotel data points containing objective information (location, business facilities, food, things to do and room characteristics) and subjective reviews (collected from Google, TripAdvisor, Expedia and similar websites).
- Weighting of the data to prioritize the hotel attributes considered most important in the reader survey.
For full details on our research methodology, click here.
From Amsterdam to Zurich, here’s the full list of European winners in PDF format – complete with final results – some of which are highlighted below.
Alternatively, you can 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
- Conservatory Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Source: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam earned the highest customer review scores among Europe’s largest financial centers, a distinction it shared with Rome’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli. Travelers rave about the canal-side location, but say it’s the smaller points — the turndown service, fresh tulips in the room, the luxurious linens — that make this one of the best hotels in Amsterdam.
- Louisa’s place
- Intercontinental Berlin
- SO/Berlin Das Stue
- Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
- KPM Hotel & Residences
In a city with plenty of competition from big hotel brands, the owner-run Louisa’s Place – named after Queen Louise of Prussia – was at the top of our list. Built around 1900, this 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
The Steigenberger Wiltcher’s location on the prestigious Avenue Louise — and its style, aptly described as “luxurious simplicity” — make it a favorite with business travelers in Belgium. Travelers can take an online tour of the hotel before visiting, virtually walking the hallways to peek inside the restaurants and ballrooms.
- Hotel Kong Arthur
- Villa Copenhagen
- Hotel Skt Petri
- Zoku Copenhagen
Source: Charlotte Haven
Charlottehaven has two sections of hotel apartments – the larger units in the Garden and the newer apartments in the Tower which offer 180 degree views of the city. The hotel combines kitchens, washrooms and other amenities of a home with the amenities of a hotel. Nearby subway and train stations also make it easy to commute around the city.
- The Merrio
- InterContinental Dublin
- The marker
- Camden Court Hotel
- The Shelbourne, autograph collection
Source: The Merrion
With 3.78 (out of a possible 4 points), the five-star Hotel Merrion in central Dublin earned the second highest overall score in Europe. Its 142 rooms and suites are housed in four restored 1760s Georgian townhouses. There’s also a two-Michelin-starred restaurant – Ireland’s first – as well as two bars, a spa and six meeting rooms.
- 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 located on Opernplatz, or Opernplatz, near the city’s famous opera house. Aside from its central location, the hotel convinces business travelers with the little details that make for a smooth stay: free car service and minibar drinks, 24-hour room service, and stylish rooms equipped with Illy espresso machines and Bose sound systems.
- Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
- Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
- Hilton Geneva hotel and conference center
- The Woodward Geneva
- La Reserve Geneve Hotel & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
Source: Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
Marble bathrooms, down pillows, and balconies with uninterrupted views of Lake Geneva—these are some of the reasons the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva consistently ranks among the city’s most luxurious places to stay. Business travelers can take meetings to the next level with private tours of the nearby Patek Philippe Museum or helicopter flights over Mont Blanc – all details are arranged by the hotel.
- The Langham London
- The Savoy
- Bulgari Hotel London
- A Aldwych
- The Lanesborough
The Langham London
Source: The Langham London
The Langham London is a British institution. It has a West End location, restaurants helmed by two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr., and a bar, Artesian, which has been voted the best in the world four times in a row. Travelers booking executive rooms or higher get access to the Langham Club, which offers perks like private check-ins, ironing services, all-day dining, and private meeting spaces.
- Great English hotel
- Barceló Tower of Madrid
- Rosewood Villa Magna
- VP Plaza Espana Design
- Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid
Great English hotel
Source: Gran Hotel Ingles
It’s rare for a small hotel to outperform large hotel companies, but the Gran Hotel Ingles has done just that. “Pure luxury” is how travelers describe the 48-room hotel, from its elegant interiors to its weekend cocktail events accompanied by live music. Opened in 1886, the hotel is considered the oldest in Madrid.
- Milan hotel
- Excelsior Hotel Gallia
- Best Western Plus Hotel Galles
- Vertical Milan | ONE experiences
- Armani Hotel Milan
Source: Marriott International
Hotel Viu Milan’s website begins – not with its rooms or restaurants – but with one word: bleisure. That’s because this hotel is serious about blending business stays with relaxation: morning yoga on the terrace, after-work aperitifs, and dinner at the on-site Morelli restaurant, helmed by Michelin-starred Italian 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 upscale neighborhood known for art and architecture. Art also plays a prominent role in the hotel, as does designer furniture and fine Nordic cuisine.
- The town hall
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli
- Hotel Villa Pamphili Rome
- Hotel Artemide
- Anantara Palazzo Naiadi
The historic Hotel de la Ville next to the Spanish Steps is a Rocco Forte Hotel – a company that bears the name of one of Italy’s most famous hotelier families. Business travelers love the rooftop bar and central courtyard, but it’s the concierge — known for helping out with insider tips and hard-to-book restaurant reservations — that gives the hotel an edge in Italy’s capital.
- Le Bristol Paris
- The Faubourg Gardens
- Kimpton-St Honore Paris
- Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy
- The Hotel Meurice
Le Bristol Paris
Source: Le Bristol Paris | Claire Cocano
Guests of Le Bristol Paris can count President Emmanuel Macron as their neighbors – the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the French President, is just a few steps away. From white-glove service to the three-Michelin-starred Epicure restaurant, the hotel is the pinnacle 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
The stylish Grand Hotel Stockholm ranked second overall with The Merrion in Dublin, securing top marks for its amenities and facilities, not just in Sweden but across Europe. Its waterfront location is helped by four restaurants, a champagne bar, a spa, and a gym, the latter with personal trainers. Room service is available 24 hours a day for those who need to work late.
- Palais Coburg hotel residence
- Hotel Sans Souci Vienna
- The Ritz Carlton, Vienna
- Harmony Vienna
- Grand Hotel Vienna
Built in 1845, this grand hotel is the former residence of the Austrian royal family. The all-suite boutique hotel has a two-Michelin-star restaurant and a wine cellar said to hold around 60,000 bottles of wine.
- The Dolder Grand
- Aries Hotel
- Park Hyatt Zurich
- Home Suites Zurich
The Dolder Grand
Source: The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand may have opened in 1899, but this hotel outside of downtown Zurich has an almost futuristic vibe. Interiors include works by Salvador Dali and Jean Tinguely, and it features a two-Michelin-star restaurant and a 43,000-square-foot spa. From royalty to rock legends, past guests include King Charles and The Rolling Stones.
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— Natalie Tham contributed to this report.