Working from home can be ironically exhausting. From the lack of personal space to fighting various distractions, the need for a conducive space to get through the to-do list can get real.
Introducing the new WFH – Work-From-Hotel. Offering their rooms and lounges as work-from-home alternatives, hotels are sensing the need for a change in work scenery – given more individuals are now working remotely. Similar to co-working spaces, hotels offer work-related amenities, a productive environment and more (think of the big, comfortable bed, spacious gyms and swimming pool).
But are these hotel features worth the extra splash of cash? Or will private offices in co-working spaces do the trick? Before you sign up for a work-from-hotel pass or a co-working space monthly package, let’s take a closer look at the two remote work options.
#1 Workspace Environment
Working from hotel rooms will allow you to have more private space. This is especially beneficial for individuals who require a quieter working environment with minimal disturbances. Plus, the rooms also come with extra features such as a bed for power naps and bathroom facilities for quick, refreshing showers.
Of course, this is not to say that co-working spaces are less conducive – but their open-concept environment is more suited for those who work better with ambient noise. Equipped with more amenities and a bigger space, co-working spaces are also better adept for client meetings, should they be required.
Due to their communal nature, co-working spaces are great for creativity boosts. Networking opportunities are also more readily available, as you’re more likely to bump into/work with like-minded people.
This is a tricky one, especially with the wide range of pricing that applies to both options.
A no-frills work-from-hotel package at Hotel G starts from $90++, while a more luxurious workation at Fullerton can set you back $300. On the other hand, a hot desk at a co-working space will cost about $30-$45.
For those looking to work remotely in the long run, monthly packages are also available at co-working space, ranging from unlimited hot-desking at $495 (Found8) to having a private office at $765 (The Work Project). This is not really an option for working out of a hotel.
There are a variety of considerations when comparing prices. Depending on your needs (or sometimes, wants), either working from a hotel or co-working space can be a more worthy investment.
For instance, if you’re looking for a workation – a staycation where you still have to do work – to treat yourself , a no-frills work-from-hotel or a luxurious workation experience can be a good option. You get to enjoy some hotel amenities such as the gym and end your workday with your partner at the pool or one of the hotel restaurants. You typically also get free WiFi and F&B discounts.
If you’re on a budget but wish to enjoy the work-from-hotel experience? Hotels are also opening up their lounges for remote work, with WiFi and drinks included. Such packages start from as little as $28 for daily passes (Furama) or about $176 (Grand Copthorne Waterfront) for monthly passes. Note that these prices tend to be promotional rather than fixed, as this is not a mainstay service for hotels, and probably should not be considered as a long-term working arrangement for individuals.
For individuals who are only interested in basic amenities or looking at long-term work arrangements, a monthly package at a co-working space is highly recommended. Or, for a private workspace without the cushy hotel room features, the individual office space works perfectly.
Both working from hotels and co-working spaces offer the flexibility to work in different environments – after all, that’s what working remotely is about. So, whether it’s changing up the work scenery or to go hotel-hopping, both alternatives do provide the option to do so. That said, the two work-from-home alternatives do have their differences.
Unlike hotels that allow visitors to check-in at 7am before checking out at 7pm, co-working spaces usually have shorter working windows from 9am to 6pm. However, with multiple venues across the island, co-working spaces allow you the flexibility to hop in between venues at different locations, an advantage that comes in especially handy if you’re constantly on the move or have regular client meetings.
Whether it’s working from hotels or co-working spaces, each comes with their own set of benefits. However, we do say to give work-from-hotel a try – not just for the novel experience, but also because we deserve some self-care every once in a while.
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