Hotel rooms as workspaces? It's happening

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A guestroom at the SCP Hotel Redmond in Oregon.
A guestroom at the SCP Hotel Redmond in Oregon.

Many employees are working from home these days, but they just don’t have the same focus they do in an office and are not as productive.

There may be a hotel room available for these workers.

The Hamilton Hotel in Washington D.C. has launched daytime rates, with check-in starting at 9 a.m. and checkout at 5 p.m. The Hamilton said guestrooms offer “a safe and clean work environment” enhanced by access to amenities like an in-room breakfast before noon, high-speed WiFi and a coffeemaker as well as printing, faxing and office supplies upon request. 

Day rates at the Hamilton start at $89 for a standard room and $199 for a suite.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago has unveiled a “WFG (Work From Godfrey) Package,” offering locals day rates starting at $115. The property is touting amenities like a spacious desk area, in-room Keurig coffee, high-speed Wi-Fi and even a CBD cocktail kit to aid with “relaxation after a long day at ‘the office.”

At Soul Community Planet’s hotels in Colorado Springs and Redmond, Oregon, members of the brand’s SCP Commons coworking offshoot can opt to work in hotel guestrooms as part of their monthly membership. SCP co-founder and CEO Ken Cruse says the set-up is ideal for professionals who “need a safe, socially distant space to work and conduct business during the day.”

SCP Commons memberships start at $100 per month, while non-members can take advantage of the work-from-hotel offer with a $40 daily rate.

Traditional hospitality players aren’t the only ones repositioning their accommodations as workspaces. In addition to offering new extended-stay rates to cater to first responders and healthcare professionals, serviced apartment-hotel hybrid Sonder is marketing its units as private workplaces with “plenty of room to spread out.”

The company says all bookings of 14 days or more are 40% off, with a flexible cancellation policy.

“During a time when many of us are working from home and schools have been cancelled, space and silence can quickly become sparse,” said a Sonder spokesperson in an emailed statement. “Having extra room with spaces that are professionally cleaned, serviced digitally and with fast WiFi can create a respite for folks to get some work done.”

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