CNN's Hotels vie to become the offices of the future looks at the growing trend of hotels offering office and meeting spaces as well as coworking-like lobbies.
The key quote comes from Mark Gilbreath, CEO of workspace marketplace LiquidSpace:
"Hotels implicitly are in the business of space; they are extraordinarily efficient at providing space on demand. The next logical step is to broaden the brand as a place to work, not just a place to sleep."
The article mentions two chains. Marriott has introduced Workspace on Demand, an online collaboration with LiquidSpace that allows users to book Marriott workspaces across the country on an hourly basis.
Marriott is also testing a concept called Workspring in collaboration with furniture company Steelcase. Currently only available in a couple of hotels, Workspring provides a sophisticated set of meeting spaces with high end furniture and amenities.
Westin is also testing an office concept called Tangent at Westin. Currently only available at two locations, Tangent provides upscale meeting space for small groups.
Many other hotel chains and independent hotels are also starting to cater to mobile workers and those in need of meeting spaces - which is good news for the growing number of mobile workers.