Hotel hotdesks and apps, Brisbane airport breaks the mould
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