The Lodges Reimagining Their Rooms as Trendy Work Areas
For some people lucky enough to be able to work from home during the pandemic, skipping the commute and sending emails from the living room was a surprisingly welcome adjustment. For others – especially those who share small rooms with loved ones – not so much. Where can you answer a call when every room in your house is occupied by another family member when a pipe bursts? or when deafening jackhammer starts outside your window? Hotels, which have been hit hard in this era of social distancing and travel restrictions, have begun offering a possible solution in recent months by turning their rooms into quaint offices – in some cases by swapping beds for luxurious desks and comfy chairs repositioned what to work in peace for a reduced daily rate.
Some accommodations offer their day guests additional discounts. There are plenty of them in New York and Los Angeles A free in-room meal and, in at least one instance, calming specially curated Spotify playlists. While in London others are repurposing their gardens as open-air offices, hiring staff to handle everything from printing to technical difficulties. In Milan and Tokyo Bonuses can include unlimited coffee or even free yoga classes. Of course, not every hotel could adapt this way (in Paris, for example, lockdowns have made this type of operation largely impossible), but it allows those who do can bring people into their rooms – and at the same time allow guests to get out of their rooms, if only for a day. Here’s a round-up of some of the most work-friendly hotels in a handful of major cities around the world.
The Crosby Street HotelLocated on a quiet cobblestone street in SoHo, the hotel offers 86 rooms and suites, designed by creative director Kit Kemp, each with a desk and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Manhattan, at special daily rates. from USD 595) exclusively for members of the NeueHouse co-working space. Work guests are greeted with tea or coffee and have access to private areas normally reserved for overnight guests: fitness room, library, salon and honesty bar. The Beekman A new members-only club, the Raven, has been formed in Lower Manhattan. His name is a playful nod to the fact that Edgar Allan Poe first published his newspaper, The Broadway Journal. Membership (starting at $ 250 for a day pass and $ 995 for a five-day pass) gives you access to private offices in guest suites with spacious living rooms and old oak floors. Story atrium. Offer also includes daytime rooftop use and in-room credit for the hotel’s Temple Court restaurant, overseen by chef Tom Colicchio. And for Midtown Manhattan residents, the polished, contemporary Langham Overnight guests receive half the price for ancillary rooms that they can use as an office or private gym (the staff will even equip the additional ones Room with Technogym equipment, dumbbells and yoga mats).
In downtown Los Angeles, locals can now work in the grandeur of the renovated 1920s Spanish colonial home that houses the mansion Hotel Figueroa. A day pass for accommodation, which costs $ 129 (with the option to extend an overnight stay for an additional $ 20), Includes access to one of the 268 suites, each with a living area, executive desk and free printing. Between meetings, guests can work out on peloton bikes in the hotel’s fitness center, which overlooks the courtyard, or in the poolside lounge. The lineLocated between Hollywood and Downtown in the heart of Koreatown, the hotel has a pool perfect for a casual call or break, and a quiet spot Garden terrace on the second floor and makes work easier for a new generation of Commuters with free valet parking (a day pass is $ 89). Close to the Ace HotelHalf- or full-day tickets ($ 75 and $ 125, respectively) mean Wi-Fi-equipped, water-filled work areas in rooms – furnished with vintage furniture and turntables, plus a collection of records made by the Save amoeba music – and Vouchers for coffee and after-work cocktails. Perhaps the most conveniently located option is that Santa Monica rightwhich is within walking distance of the beach. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Calabra, which serves Mediterranean, Californian-style cuisine, now doubles as an alfresco shared office with ocean views Members of the New House who also receive discounted prices for massages and yoga.
Go one step further, modern, design-conscious Hoxton Southwark now has its own common room that takes up six floors of the property. Located near Blackfriars Bridge overlooking the Thames, it offers different levels of membership from Day passes ($ 40) for long-term access to open library counters or private studios (from $ 400 per month). In the cozy Ham Yard Day guests in Soho (ask for prices) You can use the property’s library and the green courtyard garden as meeting rooms. The guest rooms are also available for remote work. Each room is light and airy, with a desk and a selection of drinks that are replenished throughout the day. Adjust appropriately, in the city’s business district, In a renovated bank from the 1920s, the Ned offers a daily rate ($ 399) for its glamorous Suites with their own work area and lunch in one of the nine restaurants on the property’s ground floor – more enticing food options than most office workers are used to. Meanwhile it is Rosewoodoffers day passes in High Holborn (starting at $ 794) that include: the services of his experienced butler team who can help coordinate conference calls and even look after children. When the work day is over, this maintenance continues with free access to the spa and sauna. and discounted cocktails.
The hotel is located in the splendid 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade Vik Gallery Milan has created a special working retreat package: For a special price (from 220 USD) you can spend the day in one of the 89 opulent hotels In some cases, rooms and suites are decorated with site-specific art, including original frescoes. The printing and a coffee station in the room are part of the offer. Lunch can be ordered through room service for an additional fee. Nearby, next to the Scala Theater, the elegant Mandarin Oriental offers guests at half price (from 490 USD) inclusive Use of rooms as a private office, credit for the Mandarin Bar & Bistrot and access to the property’s fitness center. Not far from there is another dose of daytime glamor in the great neoclassical style Prince of SavoyA fresh bouquet of flowers and fine stationery await you on the antique desk in your room – together with a minibar and a pantry with croissants and cakes prepared by the in-house confectioners. For a more formal lunch, there’s the Il Salotto lobby restaurant, which serves cold-pressed juices, pizzas, and homemade pastas (daily rates start at $ 720).
In the luxurious Park Hyatt Tokyo In Shinjuku, guests can work in a hotel designed by Pritzker Prize winner Kenzo Tange: for a daily rate (USD 464), staff will use one of the hotel’s 177 rooms, many of which have views of the Tokyo skyline or Tokyo Bay, in an office. Each has a minibar stocked with Japanese whiskeys and chocolates made in the downstairs pastry shop (access to the property’s 24-hour business center, which is equipped with Japanese-English laptops and VCRs, is also included). The Grand Hyatt TokyoMeanwhile located in the city international business district, Roppongi, offers rooms with expansive mahogany desks. The hotel was already known as a great place to get things done, but a special daily rate ($ 500) now includes breakfast and around $ 100 credit towards a future night. In addition, the property’s bathrooms are fitted with large Ofuro bathtubs, making a luxurious midday soak a tempting option.