The Beverly Hills hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in LA are turning empty suites into day-use offices for remote workers who don’t want to work from home or use public co-working spaces. Jenny Southan reports
Two members of the luxury Dorchester Collection, the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, are extending out their five-star hotel services to those seeking alternative workspaces, transforming their spacious bedrooms into fully functioning offices for the first time.
Whether they are booked for taking Zoom calls, hosting interviews or working on a laptop in refined surroundings, the hotels provide an ideal base for doing business in Hollywood.
With business travel to the US (and even within the US) greatly curtailed because of the pandemic, empty hotels are having to find clever new ways to make the most of their room inventory.The Dorchester Collection is one of a number of companies to be recognising the merits of turning suites into day-use offices for local remote workers.
Available to book from 7am-7pm, the rooms in the Beverly Hills and Bel-Air properties come with an “on call” IT concierge to ensure a seamless set-up, as well as a patio or balcony, large desk, stationery, free high-speed wifi, a Nespresso coffee machine and refreshments, a minibar (with up to US$35 a day credit) and discounted valet parkingWith rates starting from US$895 for a deluxe room and US$1,045 for a suite per day this is certainly a service for the rich, especially considering you can’t even spend the night (it makes you wonder what the advantage is over just booking a week in the hotel and spending your entire time there).The London West Hollywood has also unveiled a “work-from-hotel” programme, which has gone a different route with pricing. In this case, packages start at US$5,000 per month a suites from 6am to 10pm. (You can’t stay overnight.) Although not quite as glamorous and fabulous as Dorchester Collection properties, it offers better value for money.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Viva Las Office by MGM Resorts allows guests to stay overnight, with rooms starting at US$101 per night (based on a five-night stay). “Elevated amenities and benefits” include flexible check-in and check-out times, a dedicated executive assistant to handle all reservations and experiences, and daily food and beverage credit.