The coolest hotels around Australia for business travellers

Forget fax machine-era business centres, these innovative hotels are designed for the new generation of professionals and entrepreneurs.

Shadow Play is Melbourne's newest kid on the business hotel block.
  • Jo Stewart
  • August 2019

If you have to head out of the office and leave home behind for a few days for business meetings, you may as well bed down somewhere with cushy creature comforts to make the work-travel experience an enjoyable – and productive – one.

VIC: Shadow Play by Peppers, Melbourne

Discerning business travellers will love the moody interiors and mod cons of this new property opens in new window just south of the Yarra. The apartments feature a kitchen, laundry and TV with Foxtel and Chromecast. Communal areas ensure you’ve got plenty of spaces to work, while the heated pool will help you unwind. Meetings planned? Seal the deal over an all-Victorian wine list at the on-site Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar.

NSW: Kafnu Alexandria, Sydney

This hotel and gin bar mashup from Kafnu is a game changer. Close to Sydney Airport, this mini-hotel’s 16 compact rooms come with access to a shared work space which includes space for members to work, rest and socialise. For a fee, you can also use the media production and podcast studios. After hours, head to the bar to talk shop with the Kafnu community over a G&T.

Kafnu offers facilities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Kafnu offers facilities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

WA: Tribe, Perth

At this hotel opens in new window, collaborative workspace and social hub, all rolled into one, working on the go is encouraged with power points and USB charging ports scattered throughout the colourful common areas. In-between work sessions, you can order a latte made with Dukes Coffee or retreat to your designer room. The grab-and-go breakfasts save the day when you’re late for a meeting. Oh, and the lobby’s electric blue couch is pure Insta bait.

NT: Darwin Executive Suites, Darwin

Reminiscent of Oprah Winfrey’s “you get a car!” moment, you’ll be (temporarily) gifted a car to use during your stay at Darwin Executive Suites opens in new window, a collection of apartments scattered throughout the city centre. Book direct and you’ll get to zip around town in your complimentary car and do a little sightseeing when you’re not working at your suite’s full-sized desk or cooling off in the pool.

VIC: Pan Pacific, Melbourne

Roll out of bed and straight into the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, thanks to an internal walkway that links this recently refurbished hotel opens in new window with the centre. Book a Pacific Club package to enjoy privileges like breakfast, twilight drinks and late check-out (a lifesaver when recovering from a conference cocktail party).

The communal areas in Melbourne's Pan Pacific hotel are ideal for meetings.
The communal areas in Melbourne's Pan Pacific hotel are ideal for meetings.

SA: Quest on Franklin, Adelaide

The spacious executive apartments at this centrally located property opens in new window, complete with balconies, workspaces and separate living areas will give you plenty of room to feel at home. The best bit? Forget bingeing on junk food, you can make use of Quest’s pantry shopping service to have groceries delivered to your apartment’s fully-equipped kitchen. It’s the next best thing to having a butler.

QLD: Ovolo Inchcolm, Brisbane

Free minibar. Free breakfast. Happy hour. There’s a trifecta of reasons to book direct with this hotel opens in new window that was once a medical practice. A design-driven venue that merges modern with old school, one minute you’ll be riding a 100-year-old elevator imported from New York, the next watching Apple TV on an LED screen. Work from the privacy of your suite or head down to the eclectic lounge.

TAS: Salamanca Wharf Hotel, Hobart

Let’s agree on this: a sweet set-up is a real morale booster when travelling for work. Rooms with Eames leather chairs, granite counter tops, Smeg appliances and sleep-inducing acoustic insulation make this comfy apartment hotel opens in new window the ultimate home away from home in Hobart.

NSW: Hyatt Regency, Sydney

This on-trend hotel opens in new window is perfect for travellers who don’t mind paying a little more to reap the benefits. Make the ultimate power move and book a Regency Club room to score access to the Regency Club Lounge, which offers free drinks, snacks and breakfast (a chef will cook eggs to your liking), plus priority check-in. Wind down with globally-inspired cocktails and nibbles at eclectic new street-level bar, Jackalberry opens in new window.