2020 has not been kind to the travel industry. The pandemic cancelled highly anticipated vacations, destination-worthy events (see you in 2021, Tokyo Olympics) and pretty much all travel not deemed to be essential. In the United States, the travel industry is expected to lose about $500 billion in revenue this year. That’s no small number, especially when the end of the pandemic is not currently in sight.
Hospitality industry leaders have gotten creative on how to serve the community and reduce revenue loss in the past few months, opening outdoor restaurants, accommodating healthcare and essential workers and even re-branding as office spaces while many shared workplaces are still closed. Across the nation, several hotels have launched new programs to accommodate the ‘work from hotel’ concept, taking advantage of already existing amenities (mid-day bath, anyone? mid-meeting room service?) and space to serve a local clientele, instead of travelers, who are staying at home.
The Wythe Hotel
This trendy hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn has partnered with co-working space, Industrious, to launch work from hotel rooms for up to four co-workers. Rooms are rentable daily, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and include a private outdoor patio, floor-to-ceiling windows, free beverages, and digital access to The New York Times. Dogs are welcome. Rates start at $160, but extended stay and large team rates are also available.
New York Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge
New Yorkers can escape the confines of their apartments for an office with a view at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The hotel provides guests with inspiring views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan skyline, with king-sized guest rooms starting at 400 square feet. A sitting and work area with movable table, for easy TV viewing, working and zoom meetings is available daily, as is in-room access to local coffee and Brooklyn Winery wines to help end the day.
JW Marriott Washington, DC
A new program for D.C. residents or local businesses in need of additional space to work dedicates private guest rooms for day use with a three-month commitment. The $2,000 per month fee includes weekly housekeeping services, a 20% savings on food and beverage, access to the fitness center, and additional savings on meeting space.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort and Spa
Up to three guests can be accommodated in small meeting rooms with a screen set up for social distanced meetings, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. $100 per person gets a private meeting room, $75 per person earns lobby work space, both of which include coffee, lunch with choice of salad or sandwich from JW Market, parking, and wifi.
The Glenmark, Glendale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Featuring 12 corner suites each with a relaxing sitting area, kitchen, and ample work space, work from hotel guests have full access to the hotel’s amenities including the fitness center featuring Peloton bikes, a restaurant, coffeeshop, bar, and Mila Rooftop, Glendale’s tallest rooftop bar featuring sweeping views of the Verdugo Mountains. En-suite refrigerators can be stocked with work snacks upon request.
JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District
Guests can reserve rooms to be used as a workspace with a large work desks from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, including sodas and snacks in the room, enhanced wifi, a 10% discount in the restaurant, and in-room dining. Rates start at $99 per day.
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Pillowtop bedding, designer bathrooms and high-speed Wi-Fi access make working from home a comfort at this artfully design property. For an ultra productive week, five night stays come with a hefty discount.
La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort
The only resort in Downtown Santa Fe, this property’s unique casita style is ideal for those seeking a rejuvenating work-cation with the privacy of a home office. The Southwestern-style hotel offers options like cozy fireplaces, private patios, and scenic garden views. Solo workers can also enjoy the Cozy Artist Studio Queen, which includes breakfast.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, Autograph Collection
Locals can reserve guest rooms to be used as a workspace with a large work desks from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., which include sodas and snacks in the room, enhanced wifi, a 10% discount in the restaurant, and in-room dining is also available for purchase. Rates start at $99 per day.
JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort
The Work & Play Suite Package for the hotel’s executive suites with connecting bedrooms includes complimentary stocked fridge of beverages daily, and a 20% savings on food and beverage. Package rates start at $379, per night with a two-night minimum stay. For those needing a weekly office, the “Office Suite” package is available starting at $2,100 per week.
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort, Old Town Key West
The Work in Paradise Package allows guests to take in ocean views from private verandas off the Key West harbor for a workday that’ll feel more like a vacation. The package includes up to 30% off of the nightly room rate, a daily breakfast served on the outdoor veranda, and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, to toast to a productive work day.