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* * *