Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Things a Business Traveler Wants from their Hotel

Business travelers find themselves hopping from one city to the other several times a year. Going everywhere there is a deal to be made, sale to make, a negotiation to make, a training, seminar or conference to attend or present in. Usually luxury hotels have all the ends covered in terms of facilities and amenities. But when traveling on a budget, business travelers may not be opportune to get the most out of what they want from their hotel. Business travel can be very demanding. While travelers want these things they do not want them on account of being spoiled. But because at the very least they need these to carry out activities to make their trip a successful one. So these amenities are really just resources and not luxuries. Ideally, Hotels in Maitama Abuja and other similarly visited destinations for business would have these amenities available for travelers.

As expected internet connectivity is one of the most sought after amenities in hotels. Many hotels without Wifi connection in their hotel rooms are losing customers to competitors who have and keep the internet connection fast and strong. The business traveler needs to send emails, access drives and online storage networks, keep up with the news, use his apps, communicate on Slack or Whatsapp with members of his team, there is no negotiating Internet with the business traveler.
Room Service
Because the business traveler is often out having one meeting or the other and would only retreat to his room during breaks or at the end of a long night, it is important to have room service available where he can order a meal and enjoy at the comfort and convenience of his room.
Conference Facilities
This is also a very important essential for the business traveler. A conference facility, meeting rooms, business center where faxing, printing, photocopying are all available, as well as projector and a white board are all part of what the business traveler needs on their trip.
Airport Pick Up and Drop Off
Most times business travelers are not very familiar with the city they are visiting. A hotel that picks up guests from the airport can come in very handy. Sure there is Uber and other ride sharing apps, but if booking your hotel gets me a free airport pick up, why not? Certainly edges you over the competition.
Business travelers also need to relax and unwind. A lounge with different types of drinks, an efficient bar man, cool music and ambiance as well as any other form of entertainment like live bands and karaoke would win over the business traveler any time any day.

How do you know which hotel can provide all of this for you? When you book on hotel booking portals like Jumia Travel, you can filter the hotels you want by price, region and by facilities as well. This would ensure that you have exactly what you are looking for when booking your hotel for your business travel.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Why Business Travel in Nigeria Can be Stressful and How to Make it Easier

If you are a working professional, at some point you would have to travel for one form of business or the other. Either as the sole proprietor, or a co-founder in your business or as an employee in an organization, you would have had to go engage in one meeting, conference, negotiation or the other for business. Seeing as you are traveling out of base, two immediate challenges often arise. 

Transportation and accommodation. Wherever you need to go on your business trip, your needs would most likely range from guest houses in Calabar to Hotels in Victoria Island to Hotels in Maitama Abuja as well as flight to your destination and perhaps an idea of things to do in the city you are visiting.

For employees of organizations, the modus operandi is different. Some companies would ask you to bear the expenses, present the receipts and Finance department will reimburse you. Others will make arrangements for your travel itinerary from start to finish.

Whatever the case, there can be the challenge of delayed flights, unavailability of rooms, hotels not having amenities you need while on your trip such as internet or a business center, hotels not being in the same vicinity of the venue or location for your business meeting.

Many of all these challenges can actually be solved by simply booking your hotel online with a reputable online booking platform.

When you book hotels online you eliminate many of the hassles of your business travel.
For example, hotels can arrange to pick you up from the airport when you arrive as well as take you to the airport for your departure.

When you book hotels online you also confirm the availability of the rooms before time, and ensure that you have the room reserved for you regardless of delayed check in arising from late flight take offs.

One of the things that inspired me to write this article is going home one day and seeing a long queue of cars making their way into the Sheraton Lagos premises. I couldn’t help but imagine the frustration of someone who had not booked online and gets to the front desk and realizes that the rooms are all sold out.

When you book hotels online you can also filter for hotels that has the amenities and facilities you would need on your business trip. If you need meeting rooms, internet, printers or anything else you can filter in your search online or simply speak to a customer care agent who would go through the process and give you suitable options based on the criteria you provided.

Another problem people have is they usually want to keep the money for booking hotels to themselves, and crash on the couch of an old friend, or sleep on the bench of a church. It is important to be about your wits when on a business trip. And you need the most amount of relaxation possible at this time. So ruggeding it to keep a few thousand bucks to yourself. 

Corporate bookings are also a great way to save yourself the hassle of business travel. Get your company to get corporate flight and hotel booking rates that ensure that you get the best rates possible as well as ensure everyone on the team is properly taking care of.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Best Boutique Hotels in Lagos

I hadn’t even heard the term Boutique Hotel until I started working in the hospitality industry. At first, I thought it was just a fancy word. Something Nigerians coined to make their establishment seem more ‘tush’ than the others. But then, with time, I came to realize that Boutique Hotel is actually a real thing. Not only that, there are a number of Boutique hotels in Lagos that do not have that in their name, like The Tranquil Mews Boutique Hotel, Abuja, but by design and every other standard, they qualify as a boutique hotel.

So what makes a hotel a boutique hotel?

I researched a bit and found out that there are certain distinctive qualities that make a hotel a boutique hotel. Even when a hotel does not meet all the criteria, if it does possess some of the most basic functions and features of a boutique hotel, then it fits to be called a boutique hotel.

Some of the defining characteristics of boutique hotels are that they are not owned by hotel chains. Boutique hotels are very individualistic operating of their own accord and inclination rather than projecting the image of a renowned hospitality brand.

Another aspect of Boutique hotels is that the design and architecture are very modern, simple, sophisticated and unique. The designs both in and out, that is the interior design, as well as the architecture of the building, is usually characteristically artistic, stylish, elegant with each room having its own pattern, decoration, ambiance, and feel.

Boutique hotels are also located in upscale regions in a city. Boutique hotels cater to the rich, the classy and the wealthy. To cater to this clientele, it is only reasonable for it to be located in the exclusive areas where the rich and wealthy buy their real estate. Hence, in Lagos, you would find Boutique Hotels located in Victoria Island, Ikoyi, and Lekki.

A remarkable trait, perhaps even the most important thing about Boutique Hotels is the service. They are personalized and come with an extra touch of individuality allowing guests to make requests as to their special needs for the duration of their stay. Boutique hotels would allow you bring in your pet, give you access to the library, prepare a special spa for you among several other services that you can get. Staff would call you by any name you chose to be called, you could request for custom toiletries, basically, you get bespoke hospitality.

Another thing about Boutique Hotels is staying through to the culture and heritage of its location. It does this by sourcing and buying materials that are locally made. This is reflected in the restaurant menu as well as the interior design of the rooms and the spaces in the hotel.

Also, Boutique Hotels are usually small. Which is where they got their name in the first place. Rooms of Boutique Hotels are small but adequately utilized to give you that homey, and welcoming feel. A room in a Boutique hotel makes you feel like being in the embrace of a loved one. There isn’t much room to roam around, but ultimately there is no place else you would rather be.

Boutique Hotels in Lagos

Having known what a Boutique Hotel is, what are some of the Boutique Hotels that we have in Lagos? Here are some of the best boutique Hotels in Lagos.