As the global workforce continues to adapt to the “new normal” and remote work becomes a mainstay for companies of all sizes, ongoing travel restrictions have caused hotels to rethink their service offerings.
With demand rising for safe, private, and professional workspace, both Radisson Hotel Group and Accor Group have recently announced new hybrid coworking options.
This past week, Radisson rolled out its new Hybrid Meeting Solutions, which will “combine the facilities of a state-of-the-art office with the comforts of a superior hotel room to create a productive, dedicated, and quiet workspace for the business traveler, leisure guest, and local day-guest alike,” according to a release.
Radisson’s Senior Vice President of the Middle East & Africa, Tim Cordon, said this solution will directly address some of the meeting and event challenges that the pandemic has created worldwide. As a hotel group with hospitality at its core, Cordon said Radisson understands “the importance of connections and the need to adapt and exercise flexibility, which has led to the creation and introduction of Hybrid Solutions.”
Radisson’s hybrid workspaces will offer easy connectivity to second screen devices, printing services, video-conferencing facilities, and unlimited coffee and tea as well as access to on-site wellness facilities.
Accor Group has also officially entered the flexible workspace market this past week with its new Hotel Office service. Offering alternative workspaces for £35 a day, the 5,000-hotel group is hoping to capitalize on the ‘work from anywhere’ trend at their locations in 110 countries.
The Hotel Office workspaces will encompass private, socially-isolated spaces that provide a reduced commute times and greater flexibility for remote professionals.
Chief Commercial Officer of Accor Europe, Karelle Lamouche, said the decision will particularly help employers in need of a cost-effective solution for contact-free workspaces.
“Workers are looking for alternatives to home working and many aren’t ready to or can’t return to offices,” said Lamouche in an article by PlaceTech. “Hotel Office is a safe and flexible ‘working from anywhere’ solution to meet spontaneous needs as well as planned working.”
With office capacity down to as little as 25% in cities across the UK, hotel meeting rooms represent a viable option for office extensions, centralized group meetings. and much-missed gatherings among teams.
Radisson and Accor are two of the latest hotel groups to join the coworking arena, with major companies such as Marriott International already offering modern coworking options across many of its properties.