The FoundersCard community is comprised of many of the Founders and CEOs of the world’s most innovative companies. With all of the travel involved with growing their businesses, it is no wonder they rely on our hotel program to enjoy preferred rates and privileges around the world. For your convenience, you can save the list to Foursquare by clicking here. Below is the list of the Top 10 Hotels for entrepreneurs and innovators:
1.) Ace Hotel New York
Who knows how many millions of dollars in deals have been inked over a macchiato in the lobby of the Ace Hotel since it opened in 2009. A conservative (but totally unscientific) estimate puts the number in the low eight figures. The lobby, after all, crawls with VC guys, tech start up CEOs and an army of the self-employed. The hotel, on 29th Street, is right up the street from Manhattan’s Tech Alley. Tumblr, Foodspotting, and Hunch are nearby. The Facebook guys stay there when they’re in town. The coffee is strong (and courtesy of Stumptown) and the restaurants, The Breslin and the John Dory Oyster Bar, are two of the city’s best. The lobby, a hybrid between the New York Public Library Reading Room and a gentleman’s parlour, has desks with power outlets; free wifi, comfortable chairs, taxidermy, and Single Malts. The draw is apparent.
2.) Clift Hotel San Francisco
Don’t let the historic façade fool you. The Clift Hotel on Union Square is about a good embodiment of everything that is cool and modern in San Francisco thanks to the midas of hotel design, Philippe Starck. For entertainment, though there is no dearth of it in San Francisco, one need not venture beyond the lobby where The Redwood Room, a piano bar that was once San Francisco’s hottest rooms, has the best Martini. Next door, the Velvet Room has been recently redone with a new executive chef, Thomas Weibull, who focuses on local, sustainable cuisine like a roasted Petaluma organic chicken with Sausalito watercress, caramelized peaches and a Port-Balsamic Glaze.
3.) SLS Beverly Hills
There’s no mistaking the swagger of the SLS Beverly Hills, a hotel that occupies a unique place at the intersection of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, hospitality and the nightlife and the celebrity and civilian worlds. In many ways, the property is sbe’s Sam Nazarian’s show piece. It’s all star roster includes designer Philippe Starck, who rendered the interiors with cheeky baroque abandon, and José Andrés, whose restaurant, Bazaar is sprawling, crowded and serves the molecularly tinged spanish cuisine that made him famous.
4.) St. Martins Lane London
No hotel in London even begins to approach St. Martin’s in sheer audacity of its design. Much of this is due to the Covent Garden hotel’s lighting scheme. One of-a-kind installations bask guest rooms in purples and yellows. The rooms are modern and simple, with Eames rockers, Malin+Goetz toiletries, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some, like the Deluxe Patio, have outdoor spaces overlooking gardens. Others, like the Loft King, are modern aeries, bathed in earth tones. The fitness center, Gymbox, is half nightclub and half boxing studio. It too is awash in lights. And the restaurant, the perennial celeb hangout Asia de Cuba, basks in its own radiance and ceviches.
5.) W Austin
It’s about time that the nation’s capital of barbecue and indie rock got a hotel that offered some extra personality and sophistication. Well, the W is here: It’s sufficiently urbane for business travelers, yet hip enough for the music and tech-industry trendsetters for whom frequent trips to Austin are pretty much required. Its central location puts it just a few blocks from the Austin Convention Center, hub of all things South by Southwest every spring, and right across the river from Zilker Park, home to the Austin City Limits festival in the fall. Even business functions in Austin are all about the nightlife, so be sure to start an evening off right with drinks at the bar or beat the heat poolside at WET.
6.) Hotel Avante Silicon Valley
Hotel Avante, known as the “Google Hotel,” is ideally located in Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley. Clever amenities throughout the handsome 91 guestrooms and suites provide comfort as well as creative, outside-the-box inspiration: flat screen TVs, free speedy wireless, large plush beds, plus a heated pool and a music listening lounge. An Executive Toy Box in each room containing a Rubik’s Cube, an Etch-a-Sketch, Yo-Yo, a slinky, and a deck of playing cards ensure some low-tech fun as well.
7.) The Standard Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a colorful city but The Standard’s downtown location, more luxurious and less kitsch than the West Hollywood one, stands out. Inside the imposing marble former Superior Oil Company building on the corner of South Flower and Sixth Street, cool is color coded. The rooftop pool, frequently vibrating with nightly DJs, is glowing purple. And the peaceful rooms, with king or queen-sized beds, working desks and marble bathtubs, are white-and-gray. As in every Balasz property, guests sleep little. A buzzing lobby scene — lithe young Angelenos drinking cocktails in a mid-century lobby — a biergarten and a ping-pong club called SPiN LA, form the nucleus of downtown LA’s burgeoning social scene.
8.) W Boston
Located right in the middle of the Theater District and within walking distance from the Back Bay, Boston Common, and Newbury and Boylston streets (and all their shops, bars, and restaurants), the W Boston is a destination in its own right. It has the same sleek, hip look of its sister W hotels, and features a young, busy bar scene and a bustling lobby and lounge. The restaurant on site, Market, offers food from world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, perfect for investor meetings. Bottom line: it’s a great alternative to Boston’s large swath of historic hotels and is more stylish but not necessarily more expensive than the less exciting hotel chains.
9.) Park Hyatt Tokyo
You’re in the heart of Shinjuku’s bustling business climate, a ten-minute walk from the train station and adjacent to Yoyogi Park, and the hotel’s business staff can bring you up to speed on this fast-paced metropolis from basic language and etiquette tips to boardroom rentals by the hour. Relax at the Club on the Park spa or browse the carefully curated selection of books at the Park Hyatt’s private library, which sounds like exactly the sort of place where fellow jet-lagged and detached travelers in need of meaningful conversations would be found.
10.) Delano South Beach
The uber hip, all white, Philippe Stark-designed boutique hotel The Delano was, is, and probably always will be a party spot. By day the infinity pool is crowded with hard bodies slinging cocktails and snacking on fries in cabanas just steps away from the beach. At night partiers congregate in the lobby, the Rose bar, and the subterranean club FDR. The rooms, like the rest of the hotel, are all white, from the couches to the vases, linens, drapes, and carpets. And though the hotel does attract a variety of visitors, guests still come first with special access to the common areas, a free bike rental program, an upscale spa, and the Italian restaurant Bianca.