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The U.S. South is quickly developing as the country’s economic engine. When you need to shake hands and close deals, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough or whether spring-breakers are going to crash your happy-hour meeting. Staying in a business hotel in the South lets you work hard and play harder, so check out some of these favorites:

Atlanta, GA

With Atlanta ranking fourth in the United States for the number of Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the city, you’ll want to book a stay with the best business hotel you can. For elegance and attention to detail, The St. Regis Atlanta in the posh Buckhead neighborhood is unbeatable. The luxurious decor, classy downstairs bar, and central location in the heart of the business district make it the perfect place for impressing clients.

Little Rock, AR

Little Rock is a little river port city with a big presence of nonprofit organizations. A stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Little Rock Downtown means you’ll be in the River Market district, a short walk to the Arkansas Museum of Discovery and the Ron Robinson Theater. Pleasant meeting rooms and impeccable service mean you can practice your pitch without disturbance. Other business-friendly hotels include the Burgundy Hotel with a traditionally Southern aesthetic and the historic Capital Hotel, with more than 130 years in operation.

Jacksonville, FL

This city in Florida is still recovering from the economic downturn, but it’s still one of the top port cities for automobile imports. A lot of business and conferences are held in Jacksonville, owing particularly to its low sales tax. The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is at the meeting point of the city’s cultural and business districts. Hotels for business travelers need a good restaurant, a nice place to relax, and reliable business services. A newly renovated restaurant, poolside views of the river, and an outstanding business center touches all your bases.

Mobile, AL

Travel like a boss in this Southern shipping city. Recent port expansions and economic growth mean that the city’s shipbuilding and aerospace industries are picking up steam. To experience Mobile’s magnificent history and grand potential, stay at the opulent Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa. The hotel opened in 1852, 40 years after it served as one of Andrew Jackson’s military headquarters during the war of 1812. If you prefer to keep it low-key, there are plenty of other exceptional hotels in Mobile’s central business district as well.

Panama City, FL

Panama City is a popular spring break and general party destination. To spare yourself any unnecessary interruptions and inconveniences of staying beachside, you might want to choose a local business hotel. The Courtyard Panama City is off the main roads, tucked away from beach bunnies and party-goers. There is a restaurant and Starbucks on-site to keep you fuelled for the work that lies ahead.

When traveling for work you may end up meeting with clients or trying to finish a project before a flight. Be sure that the place you stay can meet your needs when it’s time to get down to business.

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