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Are Desk-less Hotel Rooms The Way of the Future?

November 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (9)

Question: when was the last time you sat down and did work at the hotel desk? Like, really used it? Not as a shelf for your suitcase, not as a makeshift dining room table for room service, not as a receptacle for loose change and iPhone apparatus. But a proper desk, where you sit down with your laptop, tablet, or good old-fashioned blotter, and get work done?

We only ask because, after a recent conversation with a high-up executive at a major global hotel company, he informed us the company is considering doing away altogether with traditional wooden desks, saying they're clumsy, archaic, and worst of all, nobody uses them.

Now, we always find ourselves engrossed in some project or other (the life of a freelancer is, at best, a kaleidoscope of busywork), so call us outdated, but we can actually remember quite a few recent instances of being in a hotel room, pulling up a chair at the desk, and spending a few solid hours banging out an assignment or answering emails.

No, it's not the most glamorous way to be a productive 21st century digital nomad (that's part of the idea, too—everyone does work in lobbies and public spaces anyway these days, so why bother with the desk?), but it still provides a quiet, orderly place to sit and think.

What about you? Does the hotel desk still offer any value? Should it continue being a staple of future hotel rooms? Or would you rather have more space in your room to walk around/spread out/dance? Let us know your thoughts below!

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It's also worth noting that plenty of newer desks, like the one above, tend to come equipped with lots of conveniently positioned power outlets and blotter-less surfaces for laptops.

I certainly hope not!

As a 6' plus male where do you expect me to sit and work if not at the desk? The bed? An old wooden chair might not be so great...but if my room has a nice, comfortable desk chair then without a doubt that's where I'm working.

The lobby is full of distractions and most of the time I just need to catch up on some emails before continuing my day. If I'm at a hotel for a conference or event, it's even more unlikely that I'll be able to accomplish anything in a public space with other attendees milling about.

I recently stayed at a friend's timeshare (which, from what I've heard, rarely have desks). Yes, we were there for a vacation...but I still had my laptop with me and was forced to use it at the dining room table. Even that was an inconvenience. Without a work surface and a chair I just don't think I'd be able to get as much done.


I absolutely use that desk!

Even if I'm not working, I have my laptop there to stream music or game.

If, for some reason, I don't have it, I use the desk to go through receipts, organize paperwork for the next day, or have room service.


Need the Desk

I feel more productive there. Once I start working on the laptop from the bed, my eyeballs start going south.

Deskless hotel room? forget it!

When travelling for work, or even privately, I absolutely need a desk. There is no chance I could do my work in the lobby due to privacy and noise reasons.

I definitely would not choose a hotel room without a desk.

And yes, as many plugs as possible please!


Don't take away my desk, make it better.

I'm keen on the newer modular desks that incorporate the media center, dresser and work space in one wall unit. Rooms with plentiful, accessible outlets with good WiFi and "living" space with a good view are more likely to earn my return stay.  

It's The Chair Stupid

The problem is not with the desk it is with the desk chair.  The desk serves myriad needs.  The desk becomes an uncomfortable place to work when the desk chair is uncomfortable and ergonomically challenged.  

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Would love to know which hotel chain is considering so that I can be sure not to book them in the future!

A desk is a necessity for those traveling for business or pleasure.

Agree that instead of a large "floating desk" that it could be modular and multi-functional. It could even double as a vanity area!

And yes unless your in a suite, it's a great place to enjoy room-service if you're like me and hate to dine in bed!

 


Creative Independent Marketing Consultant Trave

Would love to know which hotel chain is considering so that I can be sure not to book them in the future!

A desk is a necessity for those traveling for business or pleasure.

Agree that instead of a large "floating desk" that it could be modular and multi-functional. It could even double as a vanity area!

And yes unless your in a suite, it's a great place to enjoy room-service if you're like me and hate to dine in bed!

 

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