How To Plan Your Next Adventure With Booking.com
The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch is a pretty dreamy location to call your office for a little while. A couple of weeks ago Oli and I took the time to blend work and leisure with a 24hr working travel trip to London.
If like me you live outside of London, or your equivalent ‘industry hub’, then having a few travel bases you can rely on is useful. And let’s be real – if you concentrate on finding a travel base you love – it’s makes work a helluva lot more fun too!
I’ve teamed up with Booking.com to share my criteria for finding a travel base which works for you.
“There has always been an intrinsic link for me
between travel, amazing food and inspiring spaces,
is my go-to site for planning adventures.”
WHY I LOVE BOOKING.COM
Having used Booking.com for years, and having organised many a work trip via the site, I can attest to how easy and user-friendly the site is. I recall being introduced to the site via Jessie from We The People Style, and ever since I’ve been hooked!
Booking.com shares travel options at great price points – a huge plus if you are looking to book great accommodation within a budget. You can be certain that you are always getting the best deal through Booking.com as the site will price match any type of property.
I’ve found the reviews left by other travellers to be genuinely helpful and insightful on the site too.
There are never any reservation fees, and for some accommodations you can even pay after staying. Super helpful if you want to secure your accommodation and manage your cash flow.
Historically I’ve used Booking.com from my desktop, laptop and phone and always found the service to be seamless. I can’t say enough good things about website! As a genuine fan (can you tell?!) I am so excited to share one of my most recent trips with you!
There has always been an intrinsic link for me between travel, amazing food and inspiring spaces, and Booking.com is my go-to site for planning adventures.
I hope you enjoy my guide for selecting a travel base which works for you, and have a good peruse of Booking.com to see where your next adventure may take you!
How To Choose A Travel Base Which Works For You
Location Location Location
A hotel which is slap bang in the middle of all of your meeting spots is heaven.
You can get where you need to go easily, work for a few hours in your hotel and even invite people to meet you at your base.
Take the time to get geeky with a map – or (my personal favourite) CityMapper app – and pin point where all of your meetings, or points of interest are.
East London is a creative hub, and The Curtain Hotel is in the middle of it all.
It couldn’t be a more perfect location if you have commitments in East London. Equally it’s an easy commute if you need to head across town.
Check The Wifi
“Duh” right? But it’s worth double triple checking that the Wifi is open and free to use for guests if you’re checking into a nice hotel.
I’ve been stung before by places which charge daily!
A few seconds of research or a quick phone call to your hotel will tell you all you need to know.
👆🏼 How gorgeous are the rooms?! 👇🏼
Look For Added Benefits
If you’re travelling for business, someone is paying for it.
Be it your work, or out of your own pocket. Go figure that you want to make the very best of your stay!
What added benefits does your travel base offer?
The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch has the most amazing rooftop pool which Oli and I enjoyed SO much during our stay. We happened to be staying during the crazy heat wave and so the solace the pool provided was unreal.
👆🏼Above is Tienda Roosteria which specialises in tacos and Mexican food. This is a great daytime spot, or perch for evening cocktails, whilst the Red Rooster restaurant in the basement level. 👆🏼
Food And Drink
Part and parcel of choosing a travel location to work from, is that a great bar or restaurant is vital.
Not only can you enjoy the deliciousness (hello rooftop breakfast!) but you can invite clients or friends to join you too.
Overnight stays in London are infrequent for me and so I like to make the most of my time. If I’m staying for a few nights I always make an effort to see contacts I love spending time with, or to see friends who live in the city.
The Red Rooster restaurant at The Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch hits that sweet spot between being super relaxed and welcoming, and serving up some of the most delicious food I think Oli and I have ever tasted! A tall order I know!
As the sister restaurant of the Red Rooster Harlem, led by world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson, the Red Rooster Shoreditch serves Southern soul food which is simply unreal. Try the signature dish – the fried yard bird and get back to me!
Being able to suggest a great restaurant or bar to a client is impressive, and is a major tick box for me when looking for a working travel base.
Bonus – you can snooze off all of that delicious food and drink in just a short commute to your hotel room!
Remember when hotels had ‘business centres’? You could use a computer, fax machine and devour drip coffee to work on the go . . . !
A dial-up squawk is ringing in my ears as I type that!
Now, as more people have ‘flexible offices’ – aka your laptop and phone – having an environment dedicated to work is a huge plus point for a hotel.
In autumn this year The Curtain Hotel will open up a co-working space. Click here to find out more details.
Even without a dedicated co-working space, many hotel cafes and restaurants act as an office base for many.
Have a look into any hip hotel lobby in East London and I guarantee it’ll be full to the brim with people glued to their screens and almond milk lattes.
Oh yes, the coffee has improved too!
Hipster though it may be, I love the opportunity to work in a bustling environment. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people hustling away and the people watching is always amazing too.
During our stay at The Curtain I noticed so many people having meetings dotted around the hotel – in particular at LIDO.
A meeting + view of the rooftop pool?! Does working get much better?!
If you’re travelling for work, make it F U N. Take the time to research a travel base which is conducive to you working, as well as firing up your creativity.
Booking.com has a great array of hotels to choose from in London, or wherever your equivalent ‘hub’ is.
Once you have your list of top locations, you can book up time and time again.
Oli and I are already planning our next visit to The Curtain. And yes, that rooftop pool and the soul food has a LOT to do with it.
What’s Your Take?
I’d love to know – do you travel often with work? Or are you thinking of doing so?
Since living out of London I’ve made more of an effort to spend a few nights here and there in the city and it’s made a huge difference to both my work and creativity!
You can check out booking.com’s current hotel options here.
Love, Monica x
Thank you to booking.com for partnering, and to The Curtain for a magical stay.