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Executive Travel: Hotels Where You Can Really Work

A list of five national hotel chains offering special rooms with access to business equipment, plus room rates.

Hotels are beginning to cater more broadly to businesspeople's need to keep working away from home. Some offer premium plans (costing $10 to $20 more per night) featuring in-room or same-floor office equipment; others are installing across-the-board enhancements at no extra cost. We sampled the gadget and service setups of several national chains. Here are the room rates per night*:

Hyatt · Atlanta: $165-$200; Boston: $164-$194; Chicago: $150-$220; Houston: $175

"Business Plan" rooms offer fax machines; desks with workstation lighting; and phones with personal-message retrieval, data ports, and free credit-card access. Same-floor printers and copiers are also available.

Hilton · Atlanta: $165; Boston: $175; Chicago: $145; Houston: $135

"BusinesSavers" plan provides free local phone access, 10 free outgoing fax pages, one free movie, and unlimited use of fitness center.

Sheraton · Atlanta: $165; Boston: $175; Chicago: $145; Houston: not offered

"Club Level" rooms come with data ports and free phone access for local and credit-card calls, and most have personal voice mail. Promised shortly: a computer printer in some rooms.

Ramada · Atlanta: $144; Boston: $139; Chicago: $195; Houston: $109

"Executive level" accommodations, located on the top floor, soon will sport in-room fax machines.

Marriott · Atlanta: $165; Boston: $179-$235; Chicago: $164-$194; Houston: $89

All rooms have data ports, personal voice mail, and free phone access; guests also are offered 20 free photocopies per stay, free incoming fax service, and outgoing faxes at $1 a page.

*Lowest-cost corporate-rate single room as quoted for November 1994; includes extra costs where applicable. Range indicates more than one hotel of that chain in city.

-- Researched by Karen E. Carney

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