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The hotel's 260 guestrooms and suites all have kitchenettes, sofa beds, and free WiFi, and the location, while not totally central, is a short walking distance from the Lincoln Center, ABC Studios, Central Park, and the Beacon Theater, which is practically next door.
As you probably know, we are always on the lookout for hotel lobbies that will oblige our digital nomadic tendencies.
And so, upon stumbling in to The Roger on Madison Avenue one humid afternoon last week with some work to do, we were pleased to find those plush blue sofas and brass-studded leather stools almost entirely unoccupied. Even better than quiet surroundings and plenty of work space? Free, fast WiFi -- no password required.
We're always on the lookout for hotels with free, working WiFi--not just as hotel guests but as digital nomads too. So in case you find yourself in the increasingly trendy hotel neighborhood of NoMad, The Carlton Hotel at 29th and Madison Avenue has free and fast WiFi throughout the hotel…for everyone. No access code needed.
The hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel, has a grand bi-level lobby with a small plush seating area where you can work and surf. But we say, head over to the Millesime restaurant and bar where you can nosh on some light fare and sip on coffee as you work on your latest TPS report. Or just update your social media status. You know you're gonna.
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Earlier this year, Marriott Hotels began testing a new workspace program within their hotels, simply called Workspace on Demand. The program allows non-guests to rent out existing public spaces like the media pods at Courtyard by Marriotts and more traditional meeting and board rooms at other Marriott Hotels by the hour, making it convenient and affordable to hold meetings for small groups. Bookings can be made online via the Workspace on Demand website or through the LiquidSpace.com website and mobile app.
Right now, only 35 Marriott hotels offer these rentable workspaces but that will change soon as Workspace on Demand is preparing to roll out in all Marriott Hotels, including Residence Inns, Towneplace Suites, Springhill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Katie Tyson, business lead for Workspace on Demand by Marriott, estimates that 300-400 Marriott hotels will have the Workspace On Demand program by the fall of this year. And it could go beyond the U.S. "We see tremendous opportunity for international as well," she said.
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How much would we love it if the lobby at Hyatt 48Lex was our office? A lot. But how much work would we actually be getting done? Debatable.
The hotel has just launched a new members-only club for non-guests looking to use the hotel as a temporary office. Remind you a little of Westin's rentable hives? We thought the same thing.
The deal is this: business professionals who sign up for membership with Lex Club (and, be warned, there's a limited number of those available) will then be granted use of the hotel's entire second floor, including the four boardrooms and, of course, Lexicon Lounge, which, you will recall, with its long communal wooden table, cozy chairs, and fancy-pants coffee machine, is certainly not the worst of lobbies to end up in.
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Are you ready to dive into the hive?
Some good news for digital nomad tribes today--you no longer have to squat in uncomfortable hotel lobby chairs to get your work done.
Westin Hotels have announced a new business center concept called Project Hive and like its name suggests, the space is designed to help you and fellow worker bees be more productive. Even better, you can rent out these spaces on LiquidSpace.com without having to be a paying hotel guest.
The 260-sq.ft. hive (some are even smaller than this) offers all that you could want from an office setting including: media:scape by Steelcase technology with video conferencing and a four-person seated workspace; Samsung TVs, floor-to-ceiling whiteboards, printers, Xbox 360s for games and DVDs and even office supplies like pens and light refreshments.
Best of all, there is both wired and wireless internet available for no extra fee. And when you need a break from all the work, you can admire a large-scale wall mural in the workspace, designed by Westin's VP of Design, Erin Hoover and her team, which is derived from the Fibonacci sequence.
Today the Wall Street Journal had an article about how hotel lobbies are surpassing Starbucks locations as the places to get a cup of joe, do work and hang out.
In other words, digital nomads are seeking out hotel lobbies more than ever.
At the top of the list in Chicago is, not surprisingly, The Public Hotel which has not only a coffee bar, plenty of electrical outlets, cool architecture but also according to one nomad nicer bathrooms than Starbucks.
Another hot spot for hanging out and getting work done? The Andaz Wall Street where one nomad discovered "an area one floor beneath the main lobby, where it's quiet enough for phone calls."
If there was an award for the hotel lobby that most resembles a Red Lobster, that award would go to San Francisco' Argonaut Hotel. The place is a tourist hotspot purely because of its location at Fisherman's Wharf and, as a result, the place is almost too packed to appreciate the nautical tchotchkes.
The Argonaut, despite its unique looks, is actually part of the Kimpton Hotels chain, which means that every evening brings a complimentary hosted wine reception for the guests, plus the other goodie of free WiFi in the rooms (if you sign up for the free InTouch loyalty program).
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Without a doubt, we are geeking out over the arrival of Yotel Times Square, set to open on June 1st, thanks to the combination of affordable (somewhat) lodgings with pure high-tech fun like touch screen check-ins, retractable beds, free WiFi and mood lighting. Oh and the Yobot.
Yes, when the Yotel opens it will have a robot on site whose sole job is to store your luggage into lockers in the lobby. The NY Times reports:
It’s just a robotic arm, not humanoid like [The Jetsons' robot] Rosey, and it’s as much entertainment for passers-by as it is utilitarian. Your bag goes on a slab that Yobot then picks up and slides into one of 133 lockers, usually with a flourish of dipping, twisting and other acrobatics. You get back a bar-coded ticket, which you insert into the system when you want Yobot to return your bags.
Oh no; we've created a monster. After naming the expansive and dark-and-comfy lobby at the Ace Hotel New York as one of our favorite digital nomad lobbies, we expected to share the space with a few other laptop-tapping entrepreneurs, but not the glut of them that fills the place now!
Earlier this week we reported on the "[t]housands of stories" waiting to be told at New York's Ace Hotel. One of Massify's budding filmmakers might consider making a short about a recent squabble between management and lobby squatters—including freelancers and fans of the Ace who have taken to parking themselves at the hotel, sans reservations.
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There has been a lot of talk recently about the lifestyle of digital nomads -- folks who work from wherever they might roam. HotelChatter has been covering hotel wifi since the beginning, but as we cited in our 2009 annual hotel wifi report times they are a changin'.
Hotel: W Fort Lauderdale
Location Layout: There are three main lobby, or living room levels and the pool/patio area. The property is vast, which is great for a digital nomad because you can tuck yourself away and bother no one.
Outlets: Peppered around the lobby. Get this, at Steak 954, the onsite restaurant they actually offered to move me with a seat near an outlet.
Furniture: Couches, chairs, stools, you name it you can find it.
Digital Nomad Tolerance: High. You can move from floor one to floor two, even outdoors to the patio where you will find plenty of shade that allows you to read your screen with ease.
Phone Calls: Not a problem, pick a quiet spot and go for it.
Overall Mood: Business at the beach.
Digital Nomad Grade: A
Tons of furniture choices, the inside outside option, enough outlets, other business meetings going on, and, they offer free wireless internet in the lobby if you don't have a broadband card.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the lifestyle of digital nomads -- folks who work from wherever they might roam. HotelChatter has been covering hotel wifi since the beginning, but as we cited in our 2009 annual hotel WiFi report times they are a changin'.
The biggest change on the tech side is the growing popularity of the usb broadband card. As more and more people buy into these cards (and more and more GMs pray to the hotel gods they do) there are a growing number of digital nomads that no longer tap into a hotel WiFi network.
Instead, these nomads are in search of killer hotel lobbies to comfortably work in. That's right, digital nomads have no problem coming in, kicking back on hotel lobby couches and doing an hours worth of work. So once again hotels have a choice -- welcome these folks, pay no mind to them, or actively try to kick them out.
With this in mind, we figured it was time for us to start rating hotel lobbies on their digital nomad quotient. In our latest edition, the The Ace Hotel New York.