Many Hotels, mainly urban, offer telecommute in common spaces or in rooms enabled for it to professionals and companies, which allows them stay open at a time with tight reserves due to travel restrictions imposed to curb the expansion of the Covid-19.
Among the “pioneers” in launching this type of initiatives is the French B&B chain, which has converted some rooms in its establishments in Spain and Portugal into offices to be used from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., for 19 euros, or the hotel Aloft Madrid Gran Vía, part of Aloft Hotels, the brand of Marriott International.
The latter offers, from mid-September, jobs enabled in its common areas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for 12 euros, a price that includes, among others, breakfast, access to premium Wi-Fi connection and the printing of 20 copies.
For its part, Meliá Hotels International has announced that it is “reinventing itself” with a new concept that allows the client to make private use of the room during the day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in several hotels in Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and the United States, with prices from 49 euros to 109 euros, depending on the destination and brand.
However, for Barceló Hotel Group It is not “nothing new” because spaces have always been offered to work in urban hotels, although now a little more has begun to be demanded due to the coronavirus pandemic, they acknowledge from the company.
NH Hotel Group has also started a pilot program in some Latam countries (Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina) and Palladium Hotel Group has transformed part of the rooms and common spaces of the Madrid hotel Only YOU Atocha in shared offices and meeting rooms, while Riu Hotels & Resorts is evaluating it at its Riu Plaza España establishment in the capital.
The general director of Aloft Madrid Gran Vía, Gonzalo Maggi, has pointed out that, given the fall in both leisure and corporate tourism due to mobility restrictions, offering the hotel spaces to work “allows you to reactivate it and have a little business and movement”.
Although it is “difficult to survive” in the current circumstances, Maggi considers that having the hotel open “gives confidence in the market and a positive image abroad, both in Madrid and abroad. ”
In addition, currently, the few reservations that are generated are usually made within the same week or a week seen, with which, if the hotel is closedThis type of opportunity would be lost, he pointed out.
Seeing that the halls co-working close to the establishment had not reopened, “we thought it was a good opportunity to use the common areas that were already ready to launch this concept “, Maggi has added, who does not rule out enabling, later, also some rooms, although, in this case, a small investment would be needed to do it well.
Unlike the offices of co-working, in most of which there is an advance payment for a month, regardless of the number of times you leave, your hotel has wanted “give a lot of flexibility in this regard.”
A month after the launch of this offer there is an increase in demand, going from one or two clients in September to a daily average of between 4 and 6, added Maggi, who hopes that in a couple of weeks it will be possible to obtain fill all 19 jobs offered by the hotel.
Due to the current volume of business, the establishment works approximately 50% of the workforce, while the other half is still in a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE).
Other Marrott International hotels with a similar offering include the Arts of Barcelona and the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa in Costa Adeje (Tenerife)But the group is “very close” to announcing such a program at the corporate level.