FOR BUSINESS: I stay in the 'W' in Seattle at least once every three months. It's part of a chain run by the Sheraton. It's my favourite hotel because of the beds, which are really comfortable - I always have a fantastic night's sleep there. Its restaurant is also one of the best in the city. The hotel is in downtown Seattle, in walking distance of most things. It is chic and trendy without being ludicrously expensive, and the service is low-key. They even do a nice breakfast, unusual for the North Americans. The rooms are Phillip Stark-designed, clean and minimalist with fantastic bathrooms - and great beds. Yes, I know I keep going on about the beds, but it is really important to me.
FOR PLEASURE: The Hotel Fenix in Prague is fairly small, and right on Wenceslas Square. It is reasonably priced, clean and well run, with good food and service - you couldn't ask for more. Prague is a fantastic old city, very similar to Vienna, although I went pre-flood so I don't know what it's like now. The hotel is family-run with friendly customer service - you're not just another person in another room. All the basics are done well and it feels completely unpretentious. Although it is quite innocuous-looking from the outside, you feel good from the moment you walk in. The rooms are fairly spartan, but bright and light, and have a great view of the square through big windows. It also has very comfortable beds!
Simon Breakwell is Expedia's chief executive for Europe.