Are High-Design Hotels The New Coworking Space?

Working nine-to-five is a thing of the past. It’s the wild wild west of freelancing as more people desire flexibility, independence and the ability to globetrot whenever and wherever they have wifi.

As a result of the break out from behind the cubicle, we are witnessing subtle shifts where communities gather and work. It’s not only coffee shops and coworking spaces that are capitalizing on the start-up culture, but high-design hotels are becoming quite the hotspot for the freelancing force. So much in fact, that designers and top hotel management are starting to take notice and leverage this crusade away from the traditional career.

“The freelance population is growing and has evolving needs…mostly made up of millennials, this demographic seeks to obtain the best of work, life and wellness environments that support this unique lifestyle,” says Alison Howland, VP of Wellness at Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences.

Personally speaking as an entrepreneur that isn’t tied to a co-working space (yet) and travels often, hotels have become a second home for me. Hotel libraries and side-room sanctuaries have not just become a pitstop to drop my bags, but are a very welcoming and communal space for the self-employed. I work, meet friends, take client meetings and more from these lovely, lounge-worthy lobbies. I have even ‘tapped’ clients while unintentionally networking in these spaces.

Are High-Design Hotels The New Coworking Space?


On the East Coast, take one step into the PUBLIC Hotel any day of the work week and without a doubt, the space is filled with a creative, fashion-forward (very likely freelance) crowd sipping oat milk matcha lattes and munching on overpriced spinach salads. However, this space is not only a sexy spectacle, but it truly is a pleasant space to both socialize, study, work and everything in-between. Founded by Ian Schrager, the infamous co-founder and -owner of Studio 54, the PUBLIC’s intention is to indeed open its doors to… you guessed it, the public.


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