As workers become increasingly mobile, cool coworking spaces have sprung up across the world, each upping the ante on amenities and design. And the hotels aren’t just paying attention; they’re one-upping those dedicated workspaces by opening up their public areas to creative locals.
Sheraton, which is currently undergoing a brand-wide transformation, is going all in by betting heavily on such spaces. “The vision is that, by making our properties’ public spaces more versatile and stylish, we’re turning them into what town squares used to be,” says Lionel Sussman, vice president of global design strategies for Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, and Delta.
A coworking space at Sheraton.
Does that sound grandiose? In fact, Sharaton is not alone. Montrose West Hollywood, for instance, unveiled its $15 million renovation this summer, and at its heart you’ll find workspace with a variety of comfortable seating (with built-in connectivity, natch) and complimentary business services (such as printing and highlighters). “Tone Lounge,” as it’s called, even offers noise-canceling headphones for a refundable deposit – useful when the space seamlessly transitions into an afterwork hangout with themed events including the Vino & Vinyl Hour, which draws from the hotel’s own music library.
And these spaces are popping up in even the most unexpected locales. In Sin City, you can now work remotely at The Venetian Las Vegas. Originally meant to be a pop-up introduced in 2017, this 1,170-square-foot space decked out in Restoration Hardware furnishing proved to be so popular that it became a permanent feature at the hotel.
Tone Lounge at the Montrose West Hollywood.