The hotel-as-workspace trend

How you, too, can take advantage of this new revenue opportunity

Remote and hybrid workers are becoming increasingly common, as more and more people choose to work from home or combine office and home-based work. This trend has led to a need for more flexible workspace options, and hotels are starting to repurpose some of their space to meet this demand. Find out more in our blog post and see which of our supply partners can support you in creating your own unique workspaces to attract this new customer base.

We've all been there – stuck in traffic, watching the minutes tick by as we inch towards our destination. It's a frustrating experience, made all the worse by the knowledge that we could have spent that time more productively. Unfortunately, this is a daily reality for many of us, so it's no wonder that the trend for multifunctional spaces is increasing. After all, why waste time travelling to separate workplaces, gyms and hotels when you can find everything you need in one place?

This trend is particularly evident in large cities, where space is at a premium and commuting times are often long. However, it's not just about convenience – multifunctional areas also offer the opportunity to create a sense of community. In a busy city, feeling isolated and disconnected from those around you can be easy. But in a shared workspace or hotel lobby, you're more likely to initiate a conversation and forge new connections.

In a post-COVID world, many hotels are adapting to these new ways of working by rethinking their spaces and services. With the industry hugely impacted by lockdown closures and limits on travel, we have seen an increasing number of hotels transforming their common areas into coworking spaces. This trend is driven by the growing number of remote workers seeking alternative places to set up their laptops and get some work done outside the traditional home office.

While some hotels simply offer up empty meeting rooms or public areas for guests to use as they please, others are taking a more proactive approach by outfitting these spaces with desks, chairs, WiFi, and other amenities typically found in a coworking space. Some hotels even offer membership programs that provide access to these spaces on a monthly or annual basis. And with more business travellers than ever working remotely while on the road, it's likely that this trend will continue to gain momentum in the years to come.

So, what can hotels offer remote workers? Well, firstly, clients get to experience all the extra amenities that come with their regular visit to a hotel. Think gym access, discounts at their restaurant and bar, and discounted accommodation. It's an excellent way for businesses to show their appreciation for their clients' custom and for clients to feel like they're being looked after. It's also a fantastic networking opportunity - what better place to talk business than in the relaxed atmosphere of a hotel bar? And of course, it's a great way to save on accommodation costs when travelling for work. All in all, it's a win-win!

Secondly, as anyone who's ever tried to find a parking spot in a city centre knows, strategically located businesses have a considerable advantage. Hotels are no exception. By being located in city centres and other easily accessible areas, hotel workspaces provide shorter commutes and more convenient access for locals and workers in their catchment area. In addition, these workspaces tend to be more comfortable and plush than your average office, making them an appealing option for those looking for a little extra luxury in their work life. Plus, with so many hotels offering discounted rates, they're often a less expensive option than standard office rentals.

And finally, working in a hotel can offer professionals a unique and beneficial experience. Unlike traditional office space, a hotel workspace is usually more informal and relaxed, boosting productivity and creativity. Connecting with other like-minded individuals is also helpful for networking and building relationships. Additionally, the diverse community of travelling professionals can add to a hotel workspace's dynamic and enriching environment.

But what do you need to consider if you've never planned an office space before? Well, one way to make sure you're getting the right office furniture is to consult with an expert. At Beacon, we work with a whole host of professionals who can help you choose the right products for your needs.

Office Depot is your one-stop-shop for all your commercial office furniture needs. They offer a wide range of options, from unified looks to stylish and individual pieces designed to give you the perfect office space. Office Depot also stocks module furniture ranges that you can reconfigure or add to as your business grows. To get you started, Office Depot has put together a handy office essentials brochure, including everything from ergonomic seating to smart storage desks. With Office Depot, you can be sure to find the perfect furniture for your office space on a budget to suit you.

Commercial is another fantastic option if you're looking for high-quality, long-lasting furniture. They partner with over 50 leading brands in the workspace furniture sector, so they have access to an extensive furniture portfolio that meets every aspiration and budget. Commercial also recommends products they know will still be available in years to come. Plus, they have a team of experts who can support you from the initial stages of product selection and specification through to final room planning and layout. So, for flexible, long-term furniture solutions for your business, Commercial is definitely worth checking out!

Last but not least, Lyreco understands the benefits of providing a comfortable and modern work environment to ensure your guests can produce their best work. Their range includes ergonomic office chairs to provide comfort and stability, along with stylish tables and desks with plenty of storage. They also offer sturdy shelving units, filing cabinets, and comfortable meeting room furniture to ensure your guests feel at home away from home.

So, repurposing some of your space into office areas and choosing the right furniture doesn't have to be difficult! With a little help from our supply partners, you can create a functional and comfortable workspace. Contact us today to learn more about opening an account with the right supply partner for you!

You'll soon be on your way to putting your own stamp on the new world of work.

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