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The Best Hotels To Work From

Not a fan of stuffy offices? We aren’t either. From New York to Bali with sleek dedicated desks, lush corners and sandy common spaces, here are our top picks designed for digital and in real life productivity

By Lane Nieset on 04.04.2022

Digital nomad had long been a phrase (and lifestyle) before the pandemic, but over the past two years, work-from-home has shifted from the exception to the norm. Since we’re no longer confined to working from our actual homes, we can make any cafe, co-working space, or even hotel our temporary office for anywhere from an afternoon to a week, month, or more. And the beauty of this more flexible outlook on work-life balance is that as businesses shy away from brick-and-mortar offices, hotels and hospitality groups are filling the gap. Properties are re-envisioning their rooms and lobbies as more than somewhere you’re briefly passing through and encouraging travelers to sit and stay awhile. From New York to Bali, here are our favorite hotels catering to the mobile crowd.

Mint House 70 Pine NYC
Mint House 70 Pine NYC

Mint House

The tech-forward residential hospitality brand has more than 25 apartment-style properties across the U.S., and now it’s transforming these spaces into gathering grounds for groups who want to meet on the road but don’t necessarily want to hold court in a boardroom. Launching this spring, Meet at Mint House allows travelers to set up shop in spaces just as tech-savvy (and perhaps even more) as a conference center, but with an atmosphere much more conducive to creative thinking. As for those who often commute to cities where their company is headquartered, Mint House’s Second Home (which is currently available at Mint House at 70 Pine – New York) is just as its name suggests — an apartment that serves as a home-away-from-home with the luxuries of a hotel (think pre-stocked grocery delivery and laundry and dry cleaning services).

Locations: New York, Miami, Nashville, and Dallas
Starting Rate: $427

Ace Hotel Brooklyn
Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Ace Hotel was one of the first to have a lobby that acted as a living room, where both guests and locals could linger day and night with laptops. On the edge of Downtown, rooms at Ace Hotel Brooklyn are designed as an urban escape for creatives, with floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the space in natural light. The writer’s desk is spacious enough to spread out computers and notebooks, and there’s even a SMEG fridge if you want to stock up on supplies like kombucha or cold brew. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and the recently opened Ace Hotel Kyoto offer similar features and a number of private spaces that are moldable to meet a group’s needs.

Locations: Globally, including cities like Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Kyoto
Starting Rate: $359

Read the Full Review Here.

Tansy Kaschak at Hotel Valverde in Lisbon
Tansy Kaschak at Hotel Valverde in Lisbon

Valverde Hotel

Lisbon’s vibrant city life and dynamic dining scene have made it one of the rising spots in Europe for those working remotely. Tucked away in the center of well-heeled shopping street Avenida da Liberdade, the Valverde Hotel takes a cue from the iconic townhouses of London and New York. The 19th-century façade opens up to two gorgeous, art-lined living rooms, which can be used as a personal work or meeting space, while the lush, marble-clad patio and pool double as an excellent place for a cocktail, casual meetings, or video calls. 

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Starting Rate: $547

The stunning, ample spaces at The LINE Hotel DC
The stunning, ample spaces at The LINE Hotel DC

The LINE, Austin

Housed in a former jazz club in downtown Austin, The LINE incorporates the surrounding community into its aesthetic in the form of more than 500 original works from Texas artists and a rotating artist residency program. The pet-friendly property (no fees or weight limits!) also has perks like free Wi-Fi, complimentary bikes, a 24-hour gym, and studio spaces designed for meetings. These residential-style living rooms are equipped with a kitchen and conference table for workstations. The hotel’s farm-to-table eatery can cater cocktail hour or a full meal using ingredients from local urban and hill country farms. The LINE also has locations in Koreatown in LA and Washington D.C. that follow a similar philosophy. 

Location: Austin, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
Starting Rate: $261

Read the Full Review Here.

Condesa DF's rooftop spaces that can be made private
Condesa DF's rooftop spaces that can be made private

Condesa DF 

Located on the edge of two of Mexico City’s buzziest neighborhoods, Condesa and Roma, the Grupo Habita property features just 40 rooms and suites, plus flexible spaces for co-working, like the tree-encased El Patio. The rooftop and Top Suite can be privatized, but guests can also book the Mid-Century Modern Dining Room or more intimate boudoir or dance floor for anything from a meal or meeting to a cinema screening. If you’re staying the night, we recommend checking into the Terrace Suite, whose expansive outdoor space allows you to work in nature while soaking up views of surrounding Mexico City.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Starting Rate: $261

Read the Full Review Here.

Ergon House in Athens
Ergon House in Athens

Ergon House 

The culinary-focused boutique hotel sits at the foot of the Acropolis and features an Eataly-style Greek marketplace (or angora) and a common ground where guests can lounge, work, and cook. The olive tree-dotted rooftop terrace — a great place to gather over light bites at sunset — shows off sweeping views of ancient Athens (and directly faces the Acropolis) and features a cocktail truck with drinks designed by one of The World’s 50 Best Bars, The Clumsies. Sourcing seasonal produce from farms around Greece, and greens from the hotel’s vertical orchard, Ergon can cater brainstorming or brokering deals on the mezzanine overlooking the market or at one of the 12-seater meeting tables scattered throughout the hotel.

Location: Athens, Greece
Starting Rate: $230

Soho House's White City House in West London
Soho House's White City House in West London

White City House

Part of Soho House, this members-only space follows the ethos of the brand in terms of providing a stylish yet practical place to work and meet. Taking over the former BBC Television Centre building, the 1960s-style retro décor is inspired to feel as if you’re stepping on the set of a classic British sitcom. The beauty of being a member of a group like Soho House is that the destination really dictates the property, but in the city where the brand got its start, you have a handful of hotels to choose from. What we like about this one, in particular, is the mix of common spaces. And what we like even more is the new Soho FRIENDS membership, which costs less than an after-work drink per month and gives access to the Soho House ecosystem. It is also designed to support members’ creative ventures through their spaces and networking programs. Take your pick between screening rooms with velvet armchairs, a rooftop pool with vintage sunloungers, and a tropical terrace that looks more like you’re in Miami than the middle of London.

Location: London, UK — and on most Soho House locations across the globe
Starting Rate: $330

Read the Full Review Here.

Eaton Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Eaton Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Eaton Workshop

The social club and hotel is home to 209 tech-forward rooms with a curated vinyl selection, built-in desks, and a wellness center with yoga and meditation. Located in the K Street Corridor of downtown D.C., Eaton Workshop members have access to amenities like four private conference rooms, event spaces, a rooftop bar, a music venue, and the 56-seat theatre and screening room (outfitted with a 4K digital cinema projection system). What’s great about this type of members’ club is that you can opt for everything from a drop-in or dedicated desk to a private office. Or, if you’re visiting, you can get a day pass ($40) or rent a conference room ($100 for four hours; $200 for 8 hours). Under the guidance of über progressive hotelier Kat Lo, Eaton has a sister property in Hong Kong in the up-and-coming Kowloon district. 

Location: Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong
Starting Rate: $349

Read the Full Review Here.

 

Paramount House Hotel in Sydney
Paramount House Hotel in Sydney

Paramount House Hotel

The retro-chic hotel in Sydney’s Surry Hills is housed in the former Paramount Pictures building that dates back to 1940, and the 29 rooms effortlessly blend this mix of history with more modern design touches (we are big fans of the wooden baths in the loft rooms). Catering to the creative set, Paramount House Hotel features an artisanal coffee shop off the foyer, making for a great place to post up and work, and a recreation club on the roof if you want to work out in between meetings or video calls. Groups can also gather in the wine bar, Poly, or over cocktails at the David Lynch-inspired cinema, the old screening room restored to its glamorous original state, which now doubles as a bar.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Starting Rate: $250

Read the Full Review Here.

Potato Head Studios, the home for the coolest creatives in Bali, Indonesia
Potato Head Studios, the home for the coolest creatives in Bali, Indonesia

Potato Head

Under the helm of Ronald Akili and billed as a creative village, Potato Head is the ultimate hideaway for those who want an invigorating environment that will serve as both a reset and an inspiring place to work. Potato Head Studios sits in the ” village” center and features 168 rooms strategically placed to frame the sunset and sea. With everything from a sustainable lab workshop to jamu (traditional herbal medicine) making, this is the place that has enough to keep you entertained and learning for weeks, which is why packages cater to longer stays. In addition to two infinity pools, the beach club hosts screenings, DJs, and talks, while the rooftop Sunset Park continues the party in the evening with tropical aperitivo under the stars.

Location: Bali, Indonesia
Starting Rate: $185

Read More Here.

Villa Carlotta in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Villa Carlotta in Hollywood, Los Angeles

Villa Carlotta

Tucked away in Hollywood, Villa Carlotta combines the long-term flexibility of a short-term rental with the amenities of a hotel. The fully-furnished studios and one- and two-bedroom residences are outfitted with a kitchen, Apple TV, and concierge tablet, and guests can take advantage of services like in-suite dining, 24/7 dry cleaning pickup, and delivery, and massages. Even better, the team can help you settle in and unpack your luggage or assist with organizing and packing when you’re ready to leave. The courtyard and rooftop sit under the iconic Hollywood sign and often host supper club-style events and drinks for residents, which is what we felt gave a true community feel. 

Location: Hollywood, Los Angeles
Starting Rate: Available Upon Request

Read the Full Review Here.

Palmar in sunny El Pescadero
Palmar in sunny El Pescadero

Palmar

About two hours out of Los Cabos, the five-room guest house sits off a discrete dirt road, surrounded by farms and cacti, not far from the beach. Designed by owner-architect Claudia and her daughter, Montse, the family-run spot (her son Ciccio and pup Roco are also an integral part of Palmar’s fabric) is simple but inviting, with expansive windows in the rooms that showcase the vibrant sunsets. It may not have high-tech meeting rooms and equipment, but we’ve seen impressive deals being done under the shade of its palm trees. Super budget-friendly and filled with charm and freedom to be and create, it attracts those on the road looking for the sunnier side of life.

Location: El Pescadero, Baja California
Starting Rate: $80

Read the Full Review Here.

11 Howard in NYC
11 Howard in NYC

11 Howard

11 Howard in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood often gets attention for its Daniel Rose-helmed restaurant, Le Coucou, a refined version of classic French cuisine. But the 213-room hotel has become a haven for creatives who are more than comfortable turning the Library into their personal office or taking their laptop to cocktail hour in the dimly lit bar, the blond, whose arched windows look out at bustling Hudson Street. For something more formal (yet still a far cry from a boardroom), the Creative Studio is designed to look like a sophisticated dining room (there’s even a hand-painted silk mural dominating the space) but still feels laid-back enough for a casual meal or conversation with colleagues.

Location: New York City
Starting Rate: $279

Read the Full Review Here.

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