The Hotels Reimagining Their Rooms as Stylish Work Spaces
For some people fortunate enough to be working from home during the pandemic, forgoing a commute and sending emails from the living room has been a surprisingly welcome adjustment. For others — especially those sharing small spaces with loved ones — not so much. Where can you take a call when every room in your home is occupied by another family member, when a pipe bursts or when deafening jackhammering begins outside your window? Hotels, which have been hit hard during this time of social distancing and travel restrictions, have in recent months begun offering a possible solution, repositioning their rooms — in some instances by actually swapping out beds for luxurious desks and comfortable chairs — as picturesque offices in which to work in peace for a reduced day rate.Some properties are also treating their day guests to additional perks. In New York and Los Angeles, many are including a complimentary in-room meal and, in at least one case, soothing, specially curated Spotify playlists, while in London, others are repurposing their gardens as open-air offices and assigning staff members to assist with everything from printing to tech difficulties. In Milan and Tokyo, bonuses might include unlimited coffee or even free yoga classes. Of course, not every hotel has been able to adapt in this way (in Paris, for instance, lockdowns have made this sort of operation largely impossible) but it allows those that can to get people into their rooms — while allowing guests to get out of theirs, if only for a day. Here, a roundup of some of the most work-friendly hotels in a handful of major cities around the world.
ImageThe one-bedroom Crosby Suite at the Crosby Street Hotel.Credit…Simon BrownImageA private fitness room, featuring a work by Alex Katz, at the Langham in New York.Credit…Courtesy of the Langham, New York
The Crosby Street Hotel, located on a quiet cobblestone stretch of SoHo, is making its 86 rooms and suites — designed by the creative director Kit Kemp and each outfitted with a writing desk and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Manhattan — available for special day rates (starting at $595) exclusively for members of the co-working space NeueHouse. Working guests are welcomed with tea or coffee, and have access to private areas that are usually reserved for those staying the night: the gym, library, drawing room and honesty bar. The Beekman in Lower Manhattan has created a new members-only club, the Raven, its name a playful nod to the fact that Edgar Allan Poe first published his newspaper, The Broadway Journal, in the building in 1845. Membership (starting at $250 for a day pass and $995 for a five-day pass) allows access to private offices set in guest suites with expansive living rooms and aged oak flooring, all located off the spectacular, nine-story atrium. The offer also includes daytime use of the rooftop terraces and in-room dining credits for the hotel’s Temple Court restaurant, which is overseen by the chef Tom Colicchio. And for Midtown Manhattan residents, the polished, contemporary Langham is giving overnight guests half-price rates on conjoining rooms to use as an office or a private fitness studio (the staff will even outfit the additional room with Technogym equipment, free weights and yoga mats).