For executive travellers, finding a hotel which offers both first-class business facilities and comfortable accommodation can be a challenge. Moreover, as hotels offering conference suites are often located on the edge of town, locating suitable city centre executive accommodation is not easy.
Location, room types, meeting facilities and services are all of the utmost importance when selecting a hotel for business travel in Salisbury.
The best location for business accommodation in Salisbury
In most cases, hotels located in the heart of the city are best for business trips.
As well as being the likely location for meetings and events, Salisbury city centre has many restaurants, cafeterias and bars suitable for working breakfasts, lunch meetings and networking.
By selecting accommodation in the city centre, business travellers in Salisbury can save time and money by not having to take taxis.
Executive accommodation in the centre of Salisbury is also conveniently close to the city’s public transport networks.
Bus services operate within the city centre and provide access to surrounding areas and the train station. Trains connect Salisbury to other major UK cities, including London, which is reached by train in under 2 hours.
Hotel conference and meeting facilities
For executive travellers, the quality of the conference and meeting facilities is a primary consideration when selecting a hotel.
A number of hotels in Salisbury offer meeting and conference suites of varying sizes. One popular option in Salisbury is The White Hart, which offers 3 conference suites for meetings and events from 6 to around 100 people.
What equipment should a conference room have?
As executives are unable to travel with much of the necessary equipment to give a professional presentation, well-equipped conference facilities are essential.
Basic conference room equipment should include:
- WiFi access
- Air conditioning
- Video conference system
Hotel restaurants, bars and catering services
For busy business executives, having quality catering facilities on site can save time looking for and travelling to restaurants.
Hotel breakfasts and on-the-go options
Most hotels provide breakfast, whether that be a full cooked breakfast or continental buffet.
For travellers with early business meetings, it is advised to check from what time breakfast is served and whether on-the-go options are available.
Hotels with restaurants for lunch and evening meals
Some hotels in Salisbury with restaurants offer a half-board option. Guests can enjoy breakfast and an evening meal in the hotel restaurant for a set price.
Reading online reviews is a useful way to discover the quality of food and service.
Alternatively, guests may prefer to book a bed and breakfast to allow for the flexibility of eating out some evenings.
Hotel bars as a networking space for business travellers
Hotel bars can be a great space for interacting with other business people.
Opting for a hotel with a bar area provides the opportunity to socialise and network with other executives and business people.
Catering services for meetings and events
Some hotels in Salisbury with conference suites can provide catering for meetings and events of all kinds.
Hotel venues in Salisbury offer a wide range of catering services, from cold buffets and barbecues to fine dining.
Services for a comfortable and convenient business trip
Whilst away on business, certain hotel services allow for a stress-free trip and home-away-from-home experience. Executives travellers should search for:
Hotels with a fast internet connection
For business travellers, a good WiFi connection is essential.
For this reason, travellers are advised to read online reviews to check the reliability of the internet connection prior to booking.
Hotels with private car parking
A number of hotels in Salisbury city centre have private parking which can be booked in advance.
For business people staying in a hotel without private parking, a long-stay car park in the city centre provides parking for £8.90 a day.
Hotels with early check-in and late checkout
With meetings often scheduled first thing in the morning and through the afternoon, regular check-in and out times can prove unworkable.
For maximum convenience, early check-in and late checkout can usually be arranged at an additional cost.
Hotels with laundry and dry cleaning services
Business travellers should consider a hotel with laundry and dry cleaning services, especially when travelling with hand luggage only.
Most hotels supply an ironing board and iron in the room.
Accommodation requirements for a business trip
One difficulty that executive travellers face when it comes to choosing a hotel for their business trip is the bedroom types on offer.
Executives are often forced to select between paying for a double room, even when travelling alone, or a single bedroom that does not offer the space and comfort required.
It is therefore advised to look for a hotel offering the option of a double bedroom for single occupancy, providing the comfort of a double room at a reduced cost.
How to get to Salisbury from other UK cities and overseas
Whether travelling to Salisbury from a city in the UK or from another country, Salisbury benefits from good transport connections and road networks.
Which are the closest airports to Salisbury?
Salisbury is well connected to 3 airports in the south of England:
- Southampton Airport: 23 miles (37 km) from Salisbury
- Bournemouth Airport: 25 miles (40 km) from Salisbury
- Bristol Airport: 64 miles (103 km) from Salisbury
How far is Salisbury from London?
Salisbury is 79 miles (127 km) from London. The road distance is 85.8 miles (138 km) and the journey can be made by car in around 2.5 hours.
It takes just under 2 hours to travel between London Kings Cross and Salisbury train station.
What to see and do in Salisbury
Whist on business in Salisbury, visitors can take advantage of the great history and culture of the city and its surroundings.
Salisbury Cathedral — Britain’s tallest spire
Salisbury is known for its beautiful Gothic cathedral. Rising 55 m above the tower and with a total height of 123 m, the cathedral’s spire is the tallest in Britain.
Not only this, but the cathedral is home to the best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta, which is included on UNESCO’s list of the world’s most important documents. The document, one of just 4 remaining copies, is on display at the Chapter House.
Visiting Stonehenge from Salisbury
Salisbury is just a 20-minute drive from Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site and the most well-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Art, culture and entertainment in Salisbury
A wide range of plays and performances can be enjoyed in the city such as:
- Salisbury Playhouse
- City Hall
- Salisbury Arts Centre and Studio Theatre
The Young Gallery and Fisherton Mill offer regular art exhibitions.
How to obtain a UK electronic visa waiver for business
Business travellers can apply online for the UK electronic visa waiver, which allows citizens from eligible countries to access the United Kingdom without a visa.
As there is no need to visit a visa application centre, the EVW is the quickest and easiest way to gain access to the UK.
The EVW allows business travellers to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. Applicants can check the Electronic Visa Waiver requirements before applying.
Those EU nationals travelling to the UK after Brexit should be aware of the UK government’s plans to introduce a UK EVW for EU citizens.