Hotel rooms as workspaces coronavirus

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.

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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