Hotel amenities for business travelers vary from full-fledged business centers (complete with computers, printers and free WiFi), to lobbies conducive to collaboration and laptops. According to the New York Times, some hotel properties are going one step further to cater to business travelers and professionals; they are setting up bonafide co-working locations.
One property, the AC Hotel Phoenix Biltmore, offers its indoor/outdoor AC Lounge, located adjacent to its lobby. The 5,000-square-foot space offers couches, a large communal table with electrical outlets at each seat, and a high table that is a working area by day, and a bar after 4 p.m. The space’s small library has computers, printers and office supplies. Free coffee and biscotti are available to both guests and non-guests.
Meanwhile, Coco and the Director is offering co-working space at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in North Carolina. The center has two tables with eight seats each, and a whiteboard with markers. Access is available for anyone, but reservations are required.
Finally, there is Conspire, a co-work space offered free to guests at the Revolution Hotel in Boston’s South End neighborhood — non-guests are required to pay $20 per day. Conspire offers free coffee all day, free fruit and pastries in the morning, and has communal tables, bar-style seating, couches and an eight-person conference room.
Adam Weissenberg, who heads up travel, hospitality and leisure at Deloitte, noted that hotel ownership views co-working spaces as a way to build loyalty both with hotel guests and the general public — this is why, in many cases, the general public can use the space for either free or at a minimal charge. “They (the hotel owners) are not going to lose money from them, because anyone who uses them is likely to hang out at the hotel when they’re done working, and order drinks or food,” he added.
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