WORKA­TION MODE

A round-up of ho­tels with cool co-work­ing spa­ces to sat­isfy all your needs in one go

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - WORDS KATE SPRINGER

Gone are the days of de­press­ing busi­ness cen­tres with clin­i­cal in­te­ri­ors, retro com­put­ers and stale cof­fee. More and more, ho­tels are in­tro­duc­ing their own take on co-work­ing spa­ces, so busi­ness trav­ellers can stay pro­duc­tive, in­spired and well rested on the road. From Hong Kong to Bei­jing to Syd­ney, this new crop of smart ho­tels make re­mote work more ef­fi­cient and en­joy­able than ever.

HO­TEL JEN BEI­JING, CHINA

In boom­ing Bei­jing, nomad favourite Ho­tel Jen in­tro­duced Pro­to­type, a 320 sqm co-work­ing space, last year. Thanks in part to the ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion within the China World Trade Cen­tre, Pro­to­type is a go-to for start-ups and en­trepreneurs with lo­ca­tionin­de­pen­dent roles. Un­like more con­ven­tional co-work­ing spa­ces, Pro­to­type pro­vides ex­traflex­i­ble plans, so you can stop by for just a few hours should you be rac­ing through town.

It’s hard to ar­gue with the space’s thought­ful set-up, fea­tur­ing charg­ing sta­tions, a cof­fee shop, in­ter­est­ing work­shops, Scan­dis­tyle arm­chairs, com­mu­nal ta­bles and 13 pri­vate meet­ing rooms. “Pro­to­type is not just a co-work­ing space with a trendy de­sign,” says Chief Pro­to­typer Wang Chenhe. “It’s also a col­lab­o­ra­tive space where in­no­va­tive thinkers can work along­side each other to spark great ideas and build net­works.” OPEN 7am–11pm daily

AD­DRESS 3/F, 1 Jian­guomen­wai Av­enue, Bei­jing , China

CON­TACT +86 10 6505 2277; hotel­jen. com/bei­jing

FEES Free for Club room and suite guests; RMB85 (US$12) for five hours; RMB150 (US$22) per day

PERKS Free-flow cof­fee and tea

MOJO NOMAD CEN­TRAL, HONG KONG

Opened this year, Mojo Nomad Cen­tral and Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Har­bour have in­tro­duced a novel “hom­s­tel” – ho­tel, home and hos­tel – con­cept to Hong Kong. Tar­get­ing global no­mads and en­trepreneurs, the ho­tels aim to pro­vide cre­ative and col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity spa­ces where there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing, whether it be happy hour or in­sight­ful work­shops.

“Peo­ple are now mix­ing busi­ness with leisure, pre­fer­ring ho­tel spa­ces that of­fer a com­fort­able work­ing en­vi­ron­ment with all the nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties,” says Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing Stephen Howard. “Our vi­sion is to al­low res­i­dents to live, work and travel in an ef­fort­less, homey en­vi­ron­ment.”

Beau­ti­fully de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect and de­sign firm ALT-254, the Cen­tral lo­ca­tion brings to­gether a tri­fecta of con­vivial Mex­i­can food, com­pet­i­tive rates and a ded­i­cated cowork­ing space. Lo­cated on the sec­ond floor, the space has ev­ery­thing needed for a pro­duc­tive day, from wooden com­mu­nal ta­bles to work pods, am­ple out­lets and abun­dant cof­fee. OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 2/F, 286 Queen’s Road Cen­tral CON­TACT +852 3728 1000; mo­jono­mad.com FEES Free for ho­tel guests

PERKS Free self-ser­vice laun­dry, 24-hour gym

KERRY HO­TEL, HONG KONG

Breath­ing new life into res­i­den­tial Hung Hom, Kerry Ho­tel makes the work-life bal­ance ex­tra achiev­able with on-site Kafnu co-work­ing space. An in­ter­na­tional work- and-play com­mu­nity, Kafnu has lo­ca­tions in Taipei and Ban­ga­lore, with more to come.

The de­sign of the Hong Kong branch has been guided by feng shui prin­ci­ples and is kit­ted out with all the es­sen­tials: stylish com­mon ar­eas, a shared pantry, hot desks, pri­vate meet­ing rooms, quirky art­work, be­spoke “aquas­capes”, tac­tile games, and har­bour-fram­ing win­dows all around. And after work? Head to the bar be­hind the meet­ing rooms, where you can re­lax with a glass of wine or craft beers dur­ing daily happy hour.

OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 2/F, 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon

CON­TACT +852 3974 5125; kafnu.com/ hong-kong

FEES HK$70/US$9 per hour (HK$550/ US$70 per day) for ho­tel guests; mem­ber­ship starts from HK$1,080/ US$137 per month

PERKS Free craft beer, snacks and cof­fee

LINK TEL AVIV, IS­RAEL

Opened this sum­mer, Link Tel Aviv is a vi­brant ho­tel con­cept that brings to­gether lo­cal art­work, fresh de­sign and re­laxed work spa­ces. After check­ing in us­ing the LinkApp – which also serves as a room key, in-room re­mote con­trol and vir­tual concierge – guests can get to work at The Hub.

This com­mu­nal work floor of­fers a mix of work ta­bles and meet­ing rooms, as well as board games, throw­back video games, a pool ta­ble, and a Kitchen & Bar con­cept that serves up meat­less menus and clev­erly named drinks like the “Fresh Prince of Jaffa.” OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 39 Shaul Ham­elech Av, Tel Aviv, 6492807, Is­rael

CON­TACT +972 3 740 8966; link-tlv.com FEES Free for ho­tel guests

PERKS 24-hour self-ser­vice laun­dry, lock­ers and vend­ing ma­chines

TRYP BY WYN­D­HAM DUBAI

A new­comer in Dubai, Tryp by Wyn­d­ham pro­vides a con­tem­po­rary, colour­ful and con­vivial home base in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial district of Bar­sha Heights. Aside from a pop­u­lar tapas bar and cock­tail club, the ho­tel is also home to a co-work­ing space

dubbed NEST. The full-ser­vice co-work­ing fa­cil­ity cov­ers all the bases with flex­i­ble work spa­ces, sound­proof pods, a pod­cast­ing room, li­brary, on-site restau­rant and comfy couches. OPEN 7am–10pm daily

AD­DRESS 1/F, Al Saef 1 Street, Bar­sha Heights, Dubai

CON­TACT +971 424 76699; tryp­wyn­d­ham­dubai.com

FEES Free for ho­tel guests; AED99 (US$27) per day

PERKS Un­lim­ited cof­fee and snacks

ZOKU, AM­S­TER­DAM

A pioneer of the home-of­fice hy­brid ho­tel, Zoku opened in the heart of Am­s­ter­dam’s Canal District in 2016. Backed by years of re­search, this sleek spot is a new breed of ho­tel – one that feels like a place you could live, work and so­cialise with like-minded en­trepreneurs, cre­atives and con­sul­tants. Zoku of­fers an open-plan liv­ing room, kitchen, ter­race and so­cial spa­ces where res­i­dents can work and min­gle.

Each light-filled, green-fringed area pro­vides com­mu­nal ta­bles and pri­vate seat­ing, plus ex­cel­lent cof­fee and fresh food made with in­gre­di­ents from the ho­tel’s rooftop gar­den. “Busi­ness travel can of­ten be lonely and unin­spir­ing,” says Hans Meyer, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co-founder of Zoku. “This is the place for res­i­dents to quickly get rooted in the city, join in­spi­ra­tional talks, con­nect with like­minded peo­ple, broaden hori­zons and share new ideas and in­sights with one an­other.” OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS Weesper­straat 105, 1018 VN, Am­s­ter­dam

CON­TACT +31 20 811 2811; work­zoku.com FEES Free for ho­tel guests; €25 (US$29) per day (in­clud­ing lunch)

PERKS 2D and 3D print­ing, vir­tual as­sis­tants, lock­ers, live mu­sic, art ex­hi­bi­tions, ping pong

EA­TON HONG KONG

In 2014, Hong Kong bil­lion­aire Lo Ka-shui tapped daugh­ter Kather­ine Lo to reimag­ine the Lang­ham Group’s Ea­ton Ho­tel in Hong Kong’s Jor­dan district. Fol­low­ing years of de­vel­op­ment, the 36-year-old has re­cently de­buted a new con­cept that goes well be­yond the call of a con­ven­tional ho­tel.

All un­der one roof, there’s Ea­ton House, a co-work­ing club; Ea­ton Me­dia, an in-house pro­duc­tion arm; Ea­ton Well­ness, which fo­cuses on yoga and med­i­ta­tion; and numer­ous din­ing op­tions. In terms of co-work­ing, mem­bers-only Ea­ton House sup­ports so­cial en­ter­prises, in­no­va­tors and cre­atives with a slew of imag­i­na­tive touches – think retro-chic dé­cor, lo­cal mu­rals, record­ing stu­dios and a 50-per­son screen­ing room.

“I fore­see the fu­ture of work and travel to be cen­tred around com­mu­nity,” says Kather­ine Lo, pres­i­dent and founder of global brand Ea­ton Work­shop. “The lines be­tween work and home have now been blurred and our phys­i­cal Ea­ton prop­er­ties aim to serve as a ‘third space’ where peo­ple can come to­gether to cel­e­brate and sup­port each other in their en­deav­ours.” Cur­rently, Ea­ton Work­shop has lo­ca­tions in Wash­ing­ton DC and Hong Kong, with more to come this year.

OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 1/F & 4/F, 380 Nathan Rd, Jor­dan CON­TACT +852 2710 1858; eaton­work­shop.com

FEES Day passes from HK$250 (US$32); monthly from HK$2,500 (US$318) PERKS Free cof­fee, tea and snacks; use of ho­tel pool and gym

ROAM TOKYO

A co-liv­ing and co-work­ing con­cept, Roam Tokyo is tucked down a quiet side street in a res­i­den­tial district near the Rop­pongi busi­ness district. Lo­cal artists and set de­sign­ers con­ceived the unique in­te­ri­ors, which sport an “Amer­i­can Wild West meets Ja­panese min­i­mal­ism” aes­thetic. Ev­ery de­tail tells a story, from re­claimed fur­ni­ture sourced from aban­doned build­ings to a quirky cir­cus-themed yoga room.

When it comes to the work spa­ces, guests are in­vited to use the ded­i­cated co-work­ing space, meet­ing rooms, or sim­ply plop down in the com­mu­nal kitchen. With a min­i­mum stay of five days, Roam of­fers an ef­fi­cient and in­spir­ing al­ter­na­tive to Airbnbs or ser­viced apart­ments. The brand has taken off in sev­eral in-de­mand global lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Bali, Lon­don, Mi­ami and San Fran­cisco, with New York City com­ing soon.

OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 9 Chome-2-13 Akasaka, Mi­nato-ku, Tokyo-to 107-0052 CON­TACT +1 800 853-ROAM; roam.co/ places/tokyo

FEES Free for ho­tel guests

PERKS Free cof­fee, tea, laun­dry

ALEX HO­TEL, PERTH

In­spired by guest­houses of old, Alex Ho­tel brings a fa­mil­ial vibe to Perth’s CBD. On the ground floor, a wel­com­ing espresso bar dou­bles as an in­for­mal co-work­ing space by day, sport­ing a big wooden com­mu­nal ta­ble and gor­geous nat­u­ral light.

Up­stairs, there’s an artsy mez­za­nine with var­i­ous seat­ing ar­range­ments re­served for in­house guests. Here, you’ll find a con­ve­nient pantry stocked with com­pli­men­tary lo­cally roasted cof­fee and high-qual­ity tea, along­side a fridge full of craft beer and re­gional wines that you charge to your room.

“Our com­mu­nal spa­ces are places where one could sit with a glass of wine and read a book or pull open a lap­top and do some work,” says gen­eral man­ager Alan Ford. “They’re par­tic­u­larly good for small teams trav­el­ling on busi­ness as a so­cial hub to un­wind at night or a place to get work done dur­ing the day.”

OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS G-1/F, 50 James St, Perth, Aus­tralia

CON­TACT +61 8 6430 4000; alex­ho­tel.com.au FEES Free for ho­tel guests

PERKS Free bikes to bor­row, cof­fee, and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for guests

OVOLO 1888 DAR­LING HAR­BOUR, SYD­NEY

Ver­sa­til­ity is em­bed­ded in the Ovolo brand DNA, and Ovolo 1888 Dar­ling Har­bour takes it to the next level. Built in­side a beau­ti­fully con­verted wool store, this her­itage ad­dress boasts a mul­ti­func­tional ho­tel lobby and wine bar, Mis­ter Percy, which sports ex­posed brick walls, re­claimed wood beams, re­cy­cled tim­ber ta­bles and comfy Ch­ester­fields.

The main com­mon space dou­bles as an un­of­fi­cial co-work­ing space, where dig­i­tal no­mads are wel­come to plug in and get to work. If you need a ded­i­cated meet­ing room, ask about the Shaken room. The se­cret agent-in­spired space pro­vides a pri­vate en­trance, sleek de­sign, and all of your au­dio-vis­ual needs.

OPEN 24 hours

AD­DRESS 139 Mur­ray St, Pyr­mont, Syd­ney, NSW 2009

CON­TACT +61 2 8586 1888; ovolo­ho­tels. com.au

FEES Free for ho­tel guests

PERKS Great de­sign, free cof­fee, and free happy hour for guests who book di­rect

AXIS & SPIN AND BANGKOK HEIGHTZ AT THE CON­TI­NENT BANGKOK

The 38th and 39th floor sky lounges of The Con­ti­nent Bangkok ho­tel aren’t just go-to des­ti­na­tions for ro­man­tic ren­dezvous. From 6.30am to 5pm, the sleek lounge and rooftop bar dou­ble as ded­i­cated co-work­ing spa­ces. There’s light­ning-fast wifi, comfy ta­bles, barista-crafted cof­fee, print­ing ser­vices, and ex­cel­lent food to keep your cre­ative juices flow­ing. Tran­sient work­ers may stick around after 5pm, though they’ll have to share the space with the after-work crowds.

Free for Sky Club ex­ec­u­tive guests; from THB150 (HK$36) per hour, in­clud­ing wel­come cof­fee or tea. the­con­ti­nen­tho­tel.com

Ho­tel Jen Bei­jing, China

THIS PAGE FROM TOP, AND OP­PO­SITE PAGE: Kerry Ho­tel, Hong Kong; Mojo Nomad Cen­tral, Hong Kong; and Zoku, Am­s­ter­dam

FROM ABOVE : Roam Tokyo; and Ovolo 1888 Dar­ling Har­bour

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