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 firm Statista today release a ranking of “Best Hotels for Business Travelers” in Europe.
This is the first ranking of its kind between CNBC and Statista, which also publish hotel rankings in the Middle East today. The Asia-Pacific rankings were released in September.
In total, we analyzed more than 10,000 four- and five-star hotels in 117 locations to produce lists that business travelers can trust. To do this, we followed a three-step process:
- Asking business travelers and hospitality professionals to complete a CNBC readership survey that ran from May 3 to June 7, 2022.
- Looking at over a million hotel data points, which included objective information (location, business facilities, food, leisure activities, and room features) and subjective reviews (collected from Google, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and similar websites).
- Weight the data to prioritize the hotel features deemed most important in the reader survey.
For more details on our research methodology, Click here.
From Amsterdam to Zurich, here is the full list of European winners in PDF format – with final grades – 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
- Hotel Conservatory
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Source: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is tied for the highest guest review scores among Europe’s top financial centers, a distinction it shares with Rome’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli. Travelers love the canal-side location, but they say it’s the little things — the turndown service, the fresh tulips in the room, the plush bedding — that make this one of the best hotels in Amsterdam.
- At Louisa’s
- InterContinental Berlin
- SW/Berlin Das Stue
- Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
- KPM Hotel & Residences
In a city with plenty of competition from big-name hotel brands, owner Louisa’s Place — named after Queen Louise of Prussia — topped our list. Built around 1900, the West Berlin boutique hotel has 47 spacious rooms, each with high ceilings and separate bedrooms.
- Steigenberger Wiltcher’s
- Sofitel Brussels Europe
- Manos Premier Hotel
- Hotel Le Louise Brussels – MGallery
- Hotel Stanhope Brussels
The Steigenberger Wiltcher’s location on prestigious Avenue Louise — and its style, aptly described as “luxurious simplicity” — make it a firm favorite with business travelers to Belgium. Travelers can take a online visit of the hotel before visiting, virtually walking the halls to admire its restaurants and ballrooms.
- Hotel Kong Arthur
- Villa Copenhagen
- Hotel Skt Petri
- Zoku Copenhagen
Source: Charlotte Haven
Charlottehaven has hotel apartments in two areas – the larger “garden” units and the newer “tower” apartments which offer 180 degree views of the city. The hotel combines kitchens, laundry rooms and other comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel. Nearby metro and train stations also make it easy to get around the city.
- The Merrion
- InterContinental Dublin
- The felt
- Camden Court Hotel
- The Shelbourne, autograph collection
Source: Le Merrion
With a score of 3.78 (out of a possible 4 points), the five-star Merrion Hotel in central Dublin is tied for the second highest overall score in Europe. Its 142 rooms and suites are in four restored Georgian townhouses dating back to the 1760s. There’s also a two-Michelin-star restaurant — Ireland’s first — as well as two bars, a spa, and six 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 located on Opera Square, or Opernplatz, near the city’s famous opera house. In addition to its central location, the hotel appeals to business travelers for the little touches that make stays seamless: free valets and drinks from the minibar, 24-hour room service, and stylish rooms with Illy espresso machines and Bose audio systems.
- Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
- Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
- Hilton Geneva Hotel and Conference Center
- The Woodward Geneva
- La Reserve Geneva Hotel & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel Bergues
Source: Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
Marble bathrooms, down pillows, and French balconies with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva – these are just some of the reasons why the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva consistently ranks among the most luxurious places to stay in the city. Business travelers can take their meetings to the next level with private tours of the nearby Patek Philippe Museum or helicopter tours over Mont Blanc — with all the details arranged by the hotel.
- The Langham of London
- Bulgari Hotel in London
- An Aldwych
- The Lanesborough
The Langham of London
Source: The Langham of London
The Langham London is a British institution. It has a West End location, restaurants helmed by two-Michelin-star chef Michel Roux Jr., and a bar, Artesian, which has been named the best in the world four times in a row. Travelers who book executive or superior rooms have access to the Langham Club, which offers perks like private check-ins, pressing services, all-day dining options, and private meeting spaces.
- Gran Hotel Ingles
- Barceló Torre de Madrid
- Rosewood Villa Magna
- VP Plaza España Design
- Hotel Wellington & Spa Madrid
Gran Hotel Ingles
Source: Gran Hotel Ingles
It’s rare for a small property to outpace large hotel companies, but the Gran Hotel Ingles has done just that. “Pure luxury” is how the 48-room hotel is described by travelers, from its streamlined interior to its weekend cocktails accompanied by live music. Opened in 1886, the hotel is said to be the oldest in Madrid.
- Milan Hotel
- Hotel Excelsior Gallia
- Best Western Plus Hotel Wales
- Milan Vertical | UNA Esperienze
- Hotel Armani in Milan
Source: Marriott International
The Hotel Viu Milan website begins – not with its rooms or restaurants – but with one word: bleisure. It is because this hotel is committed to combining business stays and relaxation: morning yoga on the terrace, after-work aperitifs and dinner at the on-site Morelli restaurant, run by Italian starred chef Giancarlo Morelli.
- Continental Hotel
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
- Clarion The Hub Hotel
- 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. It is now an upscale neighborhood known for art and architecture. Art also features prominently in the hotel, as do designer furniture and high-end Nordic cuisine.
- City 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 bearing the name of one of Italy’s most famous hotel families. Business travelers love its rooftop bar and central courtyard, but it’s the concierge — known for helping with insider tips and hard-to-book restaurant reservations — that gives the hotel the edge in the Italian 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 the Bristol Paris can count President Emmanuel Macron as a neighbor – the Élysée Palace, the French president’s official residence – is just steps away. From top-notch service to its three-star Michelin 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
Tied for second overall with Dublin’s The Merrion, the elegant Grand Hotel Stockholm has earned the highest rating for amenities and facilities, not just in Sweden, but across Europe. Its waterfront location is bolstered 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 with late night work.
- Palais Coburg Hotel Residence
- Hotel Sans Souci Vienna
- The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- Vienna Harmony
- Grand Hotel Vienna
This grand hotel, built in 1845, is the former home of Austrian royalty. The all-suite boutique hotel has a two-star Michelin restaurant and a wine cellar that is said to house some 60,000 bottles of wine.
- The Great Dolder
- Wider hotel
- Park Hyatt Zurich
- Acasa Suites Zürich
The Great Dolder
Source: The Great Dolder
The Dolder Grand may have opened in 1899, but this hotel outside of downtown Zurich has an almost futuristic vibe. The interior features works by Salvador Dali and Jean Tinguely, and it has a two-star Michelin restaurant and a 4,000-square-foot spa. From royalty to rock legends, past guests include King Charles and the Rolling Stones.
— Natalie Tham contributed to this report.