Ho­tel hot­desks and apps, Bris­bane air­port breaks the mould

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Ho­tels around the world are jump­ing on the trend to co-work­ing, en­cour­ag­ing non-guests to use ho­tel ser­vices and ameni­ties, ei­ther for cash or good vibes.

The Dutch Cit­i­zenM Ho­tels group op­er­ates So­ci­ety M, which pro­vides workspaces tar­geted at small businesses, start-ups and free­lancers. Of­fered at its ho­tels in Lon­don, Glas­gow, Am­s­ter­dam and Rot­ter­dam(with planned ex­pan­sions to New York and Paris), the ser­vice pro­vides un­lim­ited ac­cess to a com­mu­nal ta­ble equipped with iMacs, as well as to ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices in­clud­ing free WiFi and post han­dling. It also of­fers un­lim­it­e­duseof the spa andwell­ness cen­tre. Costs are about$160amonth. Ace Ho­tels, which are in Port­land, New York, Palm Springs, Lon­don, Seat­tle, and Los Angeles, charge non-pay­ing guests noth­ing for us­ing their lob­bies for hot-de­sk­ing and meet­ings. Mean­while, Mar­riott Ho­tels has teamed with book­ing app Liq­uid Space to launch Workspace on De­mand, an on­line ser­vice for re­serv­ing meet­ing spa­ces, lobby seat­ing ar­eas and com­mu­nal ta­bles. The free ser­vice is avail­able at 30 of the chain’s prop­er­ties in the US. “Younger work­ers are chang­ing the work dy­namic,” says Paul Cahill, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, Mar­riott Ho­tels & Re­sorts. “They are mo­bile and global, liv­ing lives un­teth­ered to the tra­di­tional work en­vi­ron­ment, and we are evolv­ing with them.”

People at work in the Ace Ho­tel in Lon­don

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