International travel can still face its challenges.
But finding a solid hotel for a business trip is not among them.
CNBC Travel and market data company Statista today states a Rating of “Best Hotels for Business Travelers” in Europe.
This is the first ranking of its kind between CNBC and Statista, which is also launching hotel ratings in the Middle East today. The Asia Pacific rankings were published in September.
In total, we analyzed more than 10,000 four- and five-star hotels on 117 websites to create lists of companies that travelers can trust. We did this using a three-step process:
- Business travelers and hotel industry professionals asked to answer a CNBC reader survey that ran from May 3 to June 7, 2022.
- Review of more than 1 million hotel data points, which included both objective information (location, business facilities, food, leisure activities, room features) and subjective reviews (collected from Google, TripAdvisor, Expedia and similar sites).
- Weight the data to prioritize the hotel properties 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 scores – 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
- Okura Amsterdam Hotel
- Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
- Conservatory hotel
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Source: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam scored the highest in customer reviews among the largest financial centers in Europe, a distinction it shared with Villa Spalletti Trivelli in Rome. Travelers love the canal-side location, but say it’s the smaller touches — drop-off service, fresh in-room tulips, luxury bedding — that make it one of Amsterdam’s best.
- Louisa’s place
- Intercontinental Berlin
- So / Berlin das Stowe
- Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
- KBM Hotel and Residences
In a city with competition from big hotel brands, owner-run Louisa’s Place – named after Queen Louise of Prussia – tops our list. The boutique hotel in West Berlin was built around 1900 and has 47 spacious rooms, each with high ceilings and separate bedrooms.
- Steigenberger Wiltshire
- Sofitel Brussels Europe
- Manos Premier Hotel
- Le Louis Hotel Brussels – MGallery
- Stanhope Hotel Brussels
Steigenberger Wiltcher’s location on the prestigious Avenue Louise – and its style aptly described as “luxurious simplicity” – make it a favorite among Belgium’s business travelers. Travelers can take an online tour of the hotel before visiting, and virtually walk through the hallways to sneak into its restaurants and ballrooms.
- Kong Arthur Hotel
- Copenhagen Villa
- Skt Petri Hotel
- Zuko Copenhagen
Source: Charlotte Haven
Charlottehaven has serviced apartments in two areas – the larger units in the ‘garden’ and the newer apartments in the ‘tower’, which have 180 degree views of the city. The hotel combines kitchens, laundry areas and other amenities of the home with the amenities offered by the hotel. Nearby metro and train stations also make it easy to get around the city.
- Intercontinental Dublin
- Camden Court Hotel
- Shelburne Group, Signature
The five-star Merrion Hotel in central Dublin scored 3.78 (out of a possible 4), with the second highest overall score in Europe. The 142 rooms and suites are located in four restored Georgian townhouses dating from the 1760s. There is also a two-star Michelin restaurant – the first in Ireland – plus two bars, a spa and six meeting rooms.
- Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
- JW Marriott Hotel Frankfurt
- Best Western Premier IB Friedberger Warte Hotel
- Le Meridien Frankfurt
- Steigenberger Frankfurt Airport Hotel
Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
Source: Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
The Sofitel Frankfurt Opera is located on the Operaplein or Oberplatz, near the city’s famous opera house. In addition to its central location, the hotel wins over business travelers for the little touches that make for a seamless stay: free valet parking, minibar drinks, 24-hour room service, and elegant rooms equipped with Illy espresso machines and Bose sound systems.
- Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
- Fairmont Grand Geneva Hotel
- Hilton Geneva Hotel and Conference Center
- Woodward Geneva
- La Reserve Geneva Hotel & Spa
Four Seasons Hotel De Berg
Source: Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
Marble bathrooms, feather pillows and balconies with wonderful views of Lake Geneva – these are just some of the reasons why Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva consistently ranks among the city’s most luxurious accommodations. Business travelers can take meetings to the next level with private tours of the nearby Patek Philippe Museum or helicopter tours over Mont Blanc – all details are organized by the hotel.
- Langham London
- Bulgari Hotel London
- Wahid Ad-Dawish
Source: The Langham London
Langham London is a British institution. It is the location of the West End, and restaurants run by two-Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr. and Artesian Bar, which has been named the best in the world four times in a row. Travelers booking executive rooms or higher have access to The Langham Club, which offers perks such as private check-in, press services, all-day dining options and private meeting spaces.
- Grand Ingles Hotel
- Barcelona Torre de Madrid
- Rosewood Villa Magna
- Designed by VP Plaza Espana
- Wellington Madrid Hotel & Spa
Grand Ingles Hotel
Source: Gran Hotel Ingles
It’s rare for a small property to outperform large hospitality companies, but Gran Hotel Ingles has done just that. “Pure luxury” is how travelers describe the 48-room hotel, from its elegant interior to weekend cocktail events accompanied by live music. The hotel was opened in 1886 and is the oldest hotel in Madrid.
- View Hotel Milan
- Excelsior Hotel Gallia
- Best Western Plus Wales Hotel
- Milan Vertical | UNA experience
- Armani Hotel Milano
View Hotel Milan
Source: Marriott International
Viu Milan’s website guides you – not with its rooms or restaurants – but in one word: entertainment. That’s because this hotel is serious about mixing work with relaxation: morning yoga on the terrace, after-work appetizers and dinner at the on-site restaurant Morelli, led by Michelin-starred Italian chef Giancarlo Morelli.
- the thief
- Continental Hotel
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
- Clarion The Hub Hotel
- Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Source: the thief
The Thief Hotel in Tjuvholmen, or “Thief Islet”, gets its name from its unnatural past as a stronghold of criminals. Now it is an upscale neighborhood known for its art and architecture. Art also features prominently in the hotel, such as designer furniture and sumptuous Scandinavian cuisine.
- Hotel de la Ville
- Villa Spalletti Trivelli
- Villa Pamphili Hotel Rome
- Artemis Hotel
- Anantara Palazzo Nyadi
The historic Hotel de la Ville, next to the Spanish Steps, is the Rocco Forte – a company named after one of Italy’s most famous hotel families. Business travelers love the 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 an edge in the Italian capital.
- Le Bristol Paris
- Les Jardins de Faubourg
- Kimpton Saint Honore Paris
- Pullman Paris Center Bercy
- Le Morris
Le Bristol Paris
Source: Le Bristol Paris | Claire Cocano
Guests of Le Bristol Paris can consider President Emmanuel Macron a neighbor – the Elysee Palace, the official residence of France’s president – is just a short distance away. From white glove service to the three Michelin star restaurant Epicure, the hotel is the pinnacle of Parisian elegance and culinary excellence.
- Grand Stockholm Hotel
- Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm
- At Six Hotel
- Bank Hotel
- Lidmar Hotel
Grand Stockholm Hotel
Source: Grand Stockholm Hotel
The elegant Grand Hotel Stockholm was joint second in overall points with The Merrion in Dublin, earning the highest scores for its amenities and facilities, not only in Sweden, but across Europe. The waterfront location is backed by four restaurants, a champagne bar, spa and gym, the latter with personal trainers. Room service is available 24 hours a day for those who work late at night.
- Palais Coburg Residence Hotel
- Sans Souci Hotel Vienna
- The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- Viennese Harmony
- Grand Vienna Hotel
This grand hotel was built in 1845 and is the former home of Austrian kings. The all-suite boutique hotel has a two-Michelin-star restaurant and a wine cellar said to contain around 60,000 bottles of wine.
- The Dolder Grand
- Aries Hotel
- power or lac
- Park Hyatt Zurich
- AXA Suites Zurich
The Dolder Grand
Source: The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand Hotel may have opened in 1899, but this hotel outside of downtown Zurich has an almost futuristic feel. Featuring the works of Salvador Dali and Jean Tingley, the interior includes a two-Michelin-star 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.