Business travel: choosing a good hotel

Organising business trips always demands time in advance and requires a good knowledge of the hotel being booked: accommodation on these trips is very important not only because rest and privacy become something indispensable, but because in many cases these business trips involve celebrating meetings at the hotel.

Hotels business meetings

The offer for business hotels,  limited and poorly adapted a few years ago, has grown to become really competitive especially in larger cities like Madrid and Barcelona and classic destinations for business meetings and conventions such as the coast of Andalusia, Majorca or the Canary Islands.

The best hotels are those that naturally combine the spaces for work and rest, so that the executive can enjoy his stay and be successful without having feeling that he is working 24 hours a day.

Business Hotels

For this, it is essential to book a hotel in the city centre, close to the headquarters of the main tourist attractions of the capital, its best bars and most emblematic restaurants: the goal is for the business trip to appear, whenever possible, a leisure trip.

Rooms with free wifi in Barcelona or business accommodation in Madrid with wake-up service, these small details in hotels of this nature are essential while choosing an accommodation.

It is also important to bare in mind the connections to major transport and train stations, metro and airports of the city. As combining everything perfectly together is impossible, you can choose a hotel with meeting rooms in Barcelona right in the centre of the city or a hotel with parking in Madrid near Castellana and Madrid’s IFEMA trade fair.

A hotel chain that has a large portfolio of business hotels in Madrid is Confortel Hotels, whose facilities particularly stand out for its first class meeting and event areas.

Confortel Hotels Business

El Poblado in Medellin

The city of eternal Spring

Medellin is a city that stands out from the rest: recently it was named as the most Innovative city in the world thanks to its parks, museums, transport system and, above all, for its people.

The city of eternal Spring is located in a valley at 1,479 meters above sea level and, thanks to Colombia being just over the Equator line, the climate is pleasant and mild throughout the year.

Regarding touristic activities, Medellin has many places for entertainment like the Antioquia Museum, Botero Square or the ‘Paisa Town’ –the latter is a replica of typical town from Antiquia. It is highly recommended to visit the city during Christmas holidays, in order to enjoy the Christmas lights that sparkle all around town, specially over the river.

Christmas Lights over Medellin River

Christmas Lights over Medellin River

On the other hand, Medellín has many places to visit in its surroundings like colonial Santafe de Antioquia or the traditional ‘Vuelta a oriente’ wich visits towns like El Peñol, Guatapé or La Ceja. In these visits you may taste the ‘Paisa’ food and really get to know the people and their customs.

El Peñol

El Peñol

If you book a hotel in Lleras Park you’ll be in the most exclusive area in town, with bars, restaurants and night clubs around; furthermore there are many shopping malls with stores, movie theaters and many more.

Do not miss out on booking a hotel room in El Poblado. Medellin awaits for you with open arms for you to enjoy unforgettable holidays in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

This Easter holiday we are going to Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the star destinations for this Easter 2013. A dream island where to disconnect from everything and enjoy the sea and good weather.

Being the most eastern of the islands, Lanzarote has that magical and different touch that it’s spectacular nature gives it: vast desert landscapes next to natural parks, volcanic valleys, craters, caves and stunning beaches with a thousand colours.

Easy to traverse and with numerous attractions to see, enjoy and explore, Lanzarote is an ideal destination for traveling with family, since the beaches are equipped with all the services and the waters are warm and calm.

The hotels in Lanzarote also breathe that relaxed spirit so characteristic of the island. Integrated into the environment and the cultural life of the different areas in which they are located.

In this respect, three establishments stand out from the Spanish hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, with a proposal adapted to new travellers. One of the best known is the hotel in Playa Flamingo Iberostar Lanzarote Park, situated in the lively area of Playa Blanca and with services and amenities designed for those traveling with children.

On the other hand, the Iberostar Bocayna Village is a bungalow resort in Lanzarote more in line with those who travel seeking rest and relaxation, in the same line as the Iberostar Papagayo, a hotel in Playa de las Coloradas, to enjoy the beautiful coast of Yaiza.

February, a month for romantic getaways

February is the shortest month of the year but is full of festivities and proposals for traveling. Winter has entered fully, gone are the Christmas holidays and farther still seems to be the summer.

That’s why it is a perfect month for a getaway to warmer lands or to the snow. The excuse? We should not need any, but in February it is easy to find one: how about a different gift for Valentine’s Day? Yes, this is the perfect time for a romantic getaway.

Sol Hotels, for couples in February

Booking a hotel for couples in Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Malaga at this time of year is very simple and economical: we are still in the low season and you can find real gems at unique prices. For example, the Hotel Sol Cala Blanca, in Mallorca, or the ski hotel Sol Vielha, a spa hotel in the Vall d’Aran, Lleida, at the base of the ski resort of Baqueira/Beret.

And if you prefer a sun and beach getaway in February, the best option are the hotels for couples in Tenerife and La Palma.

Travelling during this time of the year has its advantages. The most popular tourist destinations, such as the Balearic Islands and the south of the Spanish Peninsula, can be visited quietly, without the crowds typical of the month of August, and travel with a different perspective, focusing more on the enjoyment of cultural, urban and dining experiences . The beaches, which are one of the great attractions of these destinations, are deserted, perfect for walking and even the bravest can enjoy a swim in the sea.

Sol Hoteles, for holidays in Mallorca in February

The proposal of the hotel you choose for these getaways is as important as the destination, since it is a short stay, you have to make the most out of every minute of your holiday:

· Adults Only Hotels. – They usually offer services and activities along these lines: romantic dinners, Jacuzzi in the room, special breakfast service, cocktails, spa …

· Sports Hotels. – They have facilities specifically designed to enjoy a weekend of intense sport, both within the hotel and outdoors: cycling, aerobic classes, gym, swimming pool …

· Hotels for Families. – Your best choice if you want to enjoy a quiet Valentine with your partner without giving up a trip with your children. The activities and the animation staff of these hotels will allow you to rest while the kids are entertained.

Views to La Habana

La Habana is one of those essential cities one would want to return time and time again.

Its energy warmth and history invite the traveler to wander through its streets and discover new places each time, discovering a different Cuba every trip.

The island of Cuba offers its soul to the visitor during any time of the year, but looks especially bright during the summer months, when the contrast with the winter in Europe make it more desirable if possible.

There are classics that never go out of style: a mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio, just like Hemingway did, or at La Floridita, visiting the Capitol, the Grand Theater of Havana and its iconic Museum of Fine Arts.

But there are unique moments, to bare one’s head dancing on a pier overlooking the sea or int the bustle of a typical Cuban and traditional party.

Another of the great experiences that can be enjoyed in Cuba is to admire the view of Havana from the roof top pool of one of the best hotels in Cuba, the Iberostar Parque Central, a 5 star hotel in Havana, located in the best area of the capital and luxury services designed for a different journey, turning a trip to Cuba unforgettable.

Tenerife, a sun and beach winter

Tenerife is the great winter refuge, an oasis of sun and beach where to rest during the coldest months of the year and enjoy and escapade with your partner or short holidays with the family.

Its mild climate and the beauty of its landscape attract, winter after winter, thousands of european tourists in the search of an eternal summer.

To organise a trip to Tenerife, January and February are the best months to spoil yourself booking at a good price one of the luxury hotels in Costa Adeje, the most exclusive tourist area of the island where to find nature, sport, nightlife and culture, almost without leaving the hotel.

Communications are comfortable, services are complete and the atmosphere in winter is a real luxury: the influx of tourists looking for relaxation and tranquility award a special quiet to this beautiful island.

Among the best hotels in Tenerife that stand out are the renowned 5 star resort in Costa Adeje Iberostar Anthelia, highly valued for its excellent service and facilities, cuisine and special activities for families, the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador, an adults-only hotel Costa Adeje, and the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome, one of the few hotels adults only in Tenerife that are all inclusive.

Crete, the paradise island

Crete is famous for its tranquility, beauty and gastronomy.

With a unique atmosphere, Crete is the biggest of the Greek islands and one of the largest one in the Mediterranean with more than 1,000 kilometres of coast where you can enjoy the small beaches, the crystal-clear water and an excellent climate all year round.

The diverse countryside combining plains with mountains nearer the coast makes it possible to enjoy a diversity of sports such as trekking, a very easy sport on Crete thanks to the numerous paths that criss-cross the island.

Rivers, mythical mountains such as Mount Ida, beautiful bays such as Mirabello and Mesara make for postcard-perfect views for travellers.

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts want to promote this natural beauty and has carefully chosen the location for their five hotels on Crete: the Iberostar Creta Marine, the Iberostar Creta Panorama, the Iberostar Hermes, the Iberostar Mirabello Beach Village and the Iberostar Creta Mare.

Our goal: to invite guests to discover paradise.

What to see along the Ramblas in Barcelona

The Ramblas in Barcelona is one of the most famous streets in Spain, a symbol for the Catalan capital and proof of its cosmopolitan character, full of colour, art and Mediterranean scents.

This is an easy walk to enjoy and you will encounter almost anything you can possibly imagine: flowers, street artists, famous bars, traditional shops and modern businesses… Everything.

If you are staying in a hotel on the Ramblas, along the higher stretch by ‘Plaza de Cataluña’, you can walk the entire length heading down towards the sea enjoying all the monuments and spots that make this one of the most visited streets in the world.

Ideally, you would first have breakfast in the restaurant at our hotel on the Ramblas and leave early, to see how the street wakes itself and fills up with life.

Along the first part of the Ramblas you will come across some of the best-known monuments in the city. It is filled with stories of the past and the scenery is that of great, euphoric moments in the city: the legend surrounding the fountain ‘fuente de Canaletas‘ says that if you drink from its waters, you will return to Barcelona one day.

This water also bears witness to football-related celebrations in the city. The fuente de Canaletas is where the Barcelona football club fans celebrate their team’s victories.

When walking along the Ramblas, you also have to visit the famous food market ‘La Boquería‘. Walking through its grand entrance is to enter a universe of sensations.

Fresh colours, irresistible scents, essences that go further than the Mediterranean in an incomparable atmosphere.

It is the perfect place to find a souvenir from Barcelona that will be useful and tasty, and work as a perfect, relaxing aperitif.

The flower stalls that convert the Ramlas into a true botanical garden is another characteristic Barcelona feature.

Pretty and full of life, the stalls are open all day and are interspersed with street artists and pet shops that turn the Ramblas into a unique environment.

Discover your next adventure with this map of the Ramblas.