With occupancy rates now at 44% in the U.S., and European hotels not expected to fully recover until 2023, hotels are reaching out to a new crop of clientele — local residents who are tired of working from home.
Luxury hotels are now renting rooms by the day — often at steeply discounted rates — with extra perks such as gym, sauna and pool access for midday breaks. And unlike your local coffee shop or home office, suites are posh and Zoom-meeting ready with plastic-free fine dining delivery just a phone call away.
This Rosewood boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Fe is renting guest rooms as workspaces for half the normal daily rate. A day stay comes with Wi-Fi, an Apple TV, poly-com telephone and beverage service throughout the day.
The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is also renting out other areas of the hotel for private workspaces; the living room, wine cellar (which has a large conference table) and library are available for up to 10 hours a day.
Another Rosewood hotel in California, the Rosewood Miramar Beach outside of Santa Barbara, is transforming suites into offices with computer monitors, printers and office supplies. Aimed at travelers who need to work while on vacation, suites are also available by the day.
By Monica Buchanan Pitrelli