International travel may still face challenges.
But finding a reliable hotel for a business trip is not one of them.
CNBC Travel and market data company Statista today released a Europe’s “Best Hotels for Business Travellers” ranking.
This is the first ranking of its kind between CNBC and Statista, which also released its Middle East hotel rankings 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 create a list that business travelers can trust. We did this using a three-step process:
- Business travelers and hospitality industry professionals were asked to answer the CNBC Reader Survey, conducted May 3-June 7, 2022.
- Review over 1 million hotel data points, including objective information (location, business amenities, food, leisure activities, and room characteristics) and subjective reviews (collected from Google, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and similar sites).
- Data is weighted to prioritize hotel features deemed most important in reader surveys.
For full details of our research methodology, click here.
From Amsterdam to Zurich, here is the full list of European winners in PDF format – including final results – some of which are highlighted below.
Alternatively, you can search by city or country using the form here:
- Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
- Sofitel Legend Canal Suites Amsterdam
- Hotel Okura Amsterdam
- Sofitel Legend Amsterdam
- Greenhouse Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Source: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Among Europe’s largest financial centers, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has the highest customer review score, tied with Rome’s Villa Spalletti Triveli. Travelers rave about the canal-side location, but say it’s the little things — turndown service, fresh tulips in the room, plush bedding — that make it one of the best hotels in Amsterdam.
- louisa’s place
- InterContinental Berlin
- SO/Berlin Dastu
- Adlon Kempinski Hotel Berlin
- KPM Hotel & Residence
In a city that competes with major hotel brands, owner-operated Louisa’s Place (named after Queen Louise of Prussia) tops our list. Built around 1900, this boutique hotel in West Berlin has 47 spacious rooms, each with high ceilings and a separate bedroom.
- Steigenberger Wilcher
- Sofitel Brussels Europe
- Manos Premier Hotel
- Hotel Louise Brussels – MGallery
- Stanhope Hotel Brussels
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s location on the famous Avenue Louise – its style is aptly described as “luxurious simplicity” – has made it a favorite among Belgian business travelers. Travelers can tour the hotel online before visiting, virtually walking down the hallways and peeking at the hotel’s restaurants and ballrooms.
- Charlotte Haven
- Kon Arthur Hotel
- Copenhagen Villa
- Hotel Scott Petri
- Zoku Copenhagen
Source: Charlotte Haven
Charlottehaven has serviced apartments in two areas – larger units in the “Garden” and newer apartments in the “Tower” with 180 degree city views. The hotel combines the kitchen, laundry area and other comforts of the house with the facilities of a hotel. The nearby metro and train stations also make it easy to commute around the city.
- InterContinental Dublin
- Camden Court Hotel
- Shelburne Autograph Collection
With a 3.78 out of 4 score, the five-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin city centre is tied for the second highest overall score in Europe. Its 142 rooms and suites are located in four restored Georgian townhouses dating back to the 1760s. There’s also a 2-star Michelin restaurant – a first in Ireland – plus two bars, a spa and six meeting spaces.
- Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
- JW Marriott Hotel Frankfurt
- Best Western Premier IB Hotel Friedberger Warte
- Le Méridien Frankfurt
- Steigenberger Airport Hotel Frankfurt
Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
Source: Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
The Sofitel Frankfurt Opera is located on Operaplatz or Operaplatz, close to the city’s famous opera house. In addition to its central location, the hotel has won over business travelers for the little details that provide a seamless stay: free valet and minibar drinks, 24-hour room service, and stylish rooms with Illy espresso machines and Bose sound systems.
- Four Seasons Hotel Geneva Berg
- Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
- Hilton Geneva Hotel & Conference Center
- Woodward Hotel Geneva
- Geneva Sanctuary Hotel & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel Belg
Source: Four Seasons Hotel Berger Geneva
Marble bathrooms, feather pillows and balconies with sweeping views of Lake Geneva – these are some of the reasons why the Four Seasons Hotel Berger Geneva consistently ranks among the city’s most luxurious places to stay. Business travellers can take their meetings to the next level with a private tour of the nearby Patek Philippe Museum or a helicopter tour over Mont Blanc – all details organised by the hotel.
- The Langham, London
- The Bulgari Hotel London
- an aldwych
The Langham, London
Source: The Langham, London
The Langham, London is a British institution. Located in the West End, it is the restaurant helmed by two-Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. and the Artesian bar that has been voted the best in the world four times in a row. Travelers who book an Executive Room or higher can use the Langham Club to enjoy benefits such as private check-in, ironing service, all-day dining options and private meeting space.
- Ingalls Hotel
- Barceló Torre de Madrid
- Magna Magnificent Villas
- Vice President of Design, Plaza de España
- Wellington Hotel & Spa Madrid
Source: Ingalls Hotel
Few small hotels rank higher than the major hotel companies, but Ingalls does it. “Pure luxury” is how travelers describe the 48-room hotel, from its stylish interiors to cocktail weekends accompanied by live music. Opened in 1886, the hotel is said to be the oldest hotel in Madrid.
- View Hotel Milano
- Hotel Galia Excelsior
- Best Western Plus Wales Hotel
- Milan Vertical | UNA Experience
- Armani Hotel Milano
View Hotel Milano
Source: Marriott International
The website of Hotel Viu Milan attracts attention – not the room or the restaurant – but one word: bleisure. That’s because the hotel places great emphasis on combining business stays with leisure: yoga on the terrace in the morning, an aperitif after get off work, and dinner at the on-site Morelli restaurant, helmed by Italian Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli.
- Continental Hotel
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
- Clarion Hotel Center
- Scandic Holmenkollen Park
The Thief Hotel on Tjuvholmen, or “Thief’s Island”, named after its sordid past, is a breeding ground for criminals. Now it’s an upscale neighborhood known for art and architecture. Artistic features of the hotel also stand out, as are designer furniture and upscale Nordic cuisine.
- Delaware Hotels
- Villa Spalletti Triveli
- Villa Pamphili Rome
- Artemis Hotel
- Anantara Naiyadi Palace
Next to the Spanish Steps, the historic Hotel de la Ville is a Rocco Forte – a company named after one of Italy’s most famous hoteliers. Business travelers love its rooftop bar and central courtyard, but the concierge service — known for helping with insider tips and hard-to-book restaurant reservations — gives the hotel an edge in the Italian capital city.
- Paris Bristol
- suburban garden
- Kimpton – Paris Saint Honore Hotel
- Pullman Paris Centre Bercy
Source: Le Bristol Paris | Claire Coccano
Guests of Le Bristol Paris can count President Emmanuel Macron as a neighbor – the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President – is just a stone’s throw away. From its white-gloved service to its three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Epicure, this hotel is the pinnacle of Parisian elegance and culinary excellence.
- Grand Hotel Stockholm
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Stockholm Waterfront
- Six Point Hotel
- Bank Hotel
- Leidma Hotel
Grand Hotel Stockholm
Source: Grand Hotel Stockholm
Flat number. The stylish Stockholm Grand Hotel received the 2nd overall score for The Merrion in Dublin, earning the highest score for its amenities and facilities not only in Sweden, but in Europe as a whole. Its waterfront location is underpinned by four restaurants, a champagne bar, a spa and a gym, the latter staffed with personal trainers. 24/7 room service is available for guests finishing late night work.
- Coburg Palace Hotel
- Worry-Free Hotel Vienna
- The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- Vienna Harmony Hotel
- Vienna Hotel
Built in 1845, this magnificent hotel is the former residence of the Austrian royal family. The all-suite boutique hotel features a restaurant with two Michelin stars and a wine cellar said to hold about 60,000 bottles of wine.
- Dolder Hotel
- Weed Hotel
- Park Hyatt Zurich
- Akasa Suites Zurich
Source: The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand may have opened in 1899, but this hotel outside Zurich city center has an almost futuristic feel. The interior features works by Salvador Dali and Jean Tinguely, as well as 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.
— Natalie Tham contributed to this report.