London ranks as the best capital city for companies to entertain customers

Location is everything when it comes to pitching a big business deal. The success of sealing the deal can be greatly impacted by hosting a client in a city that offers the appropriate mix of excellent dining, five-star hotels, stunning golf courses, and other sought-after amenities.

What were the findings of CompareMyJet?

Using metrics like the number of meeting rooms available to hire, number of Michelin recognised restaurants and the cost of a taxi, CompareMyJet has studied 38 OECD countries to discover the 10 best and worst cities for business people looking to impress their clients.

London revealed as the best capital city worldwide

The UK’s capital city boasts 129 five star luxury bars and clubs, 231 business meeting rooms, and 445 prestigious golf courses making it the best city to entertain clients. London is also the most expensive city with an average nightly rate for its five star hotels at £1,091.87.

Tokyo takes second place, with rates for five star hotel stays at around £368.21 per night, 105 five star rated bars and clubs, and the second highest number of Michelin star restaurants (427). Madrid is third with 113 business meeting rooms, affordable five star hotel stays and reasonably priced transportation with a 5 km taxi ride costing just £7.90.

Well known for its delicious cuisine, it is no surprise that Paris has the most Michelin star restaurants, making it the perfect choice for companies that want to wine and dine clients. 

The table below shows the top five locations to entertain clients in:

Rank

Country

Capital city

Business meeting rooms to rent

Michelin star restaurants

5* hotel stay (average price per night)

5* rated bars/club

Cost of taxi ride (£)

Number of golf courses

1

United Kingdom

London

231

363

£1,091.87

129

£13.30

445

2

Japan

Tokyo

115

427

£368.21

105

£15.84

233

3

Spain

Madrid

113

148

£394.09

82

£7.90

51

4

France

Paris

101

436

£859.40

65

£12.40

132

5

Czech Republic

Prague

36

27

£184.80

115

£6.55

33

Bern, Switzerland is the worst location for companies to take clients

Bern in Switzerland ranks the worst city for entertaining clients. A 5 km taxi journey in the Swiss capital is the most expensive out of every city in Compare My Jet’s ranking at £24.

There are also only eight business meeting rooms and just three five star bars and clubs for evening entertainment. Reykjavik in Iceland comes in second to last, due to the cost of a five star hotel stay which would set the average firm back about £471 per person per night. 

Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the best city in the US to entertain clients

The team at Compare My Jet are well aware that business people based in the US may prefer to stay stateside when entertaining clients, so they have also looked into the best US states. Minnesota’s state capital, Saint Paul, ranks number one with the highest number of five star bars and clubs out of all 50 states (81). There are also 154 golf courses to choose from, and the average price of a five star hotel stay is a reasonable $273 per night. 

Coming in second is Denver, which has the highest number of business meeting rooms available to book (57) and 22 five star bars and clubs to choose from. Atlanta ranks in third place with 202 restaurants deemed suitable for business meetings and 121 golf courses. 

The table below shows the top five US cities to entertain clients in:

Rank

US State

Capital city

Business meeting rooms to rent

Restaurants suitable for business meetings

5* hotel stay (average price per night)

5* rated bars/club

Cost of taxi ride ($)

Number of golf courses

1

Minnesota

Saint Paul

7

30

$273.01

81

$11.60

154

2

Colorado

Denver

57

124

$691.12

22

$11.60

118

3

Georgia

Atlanta

44

202

$856.48

12

$11.70

121

4

Arizona

Phoenix

26

105

$872.77

13

$10.60

206

5

Texas

Austin

33

144

$495.19

23

$12.40

52

For the full study on the best and worst places to entertain business clients, please click here.