Luxury hotels are launching ‘workation’ packages to lure in travelers who can work remotely. We checked out 3 hotels in LA to see how their amenities stack up — here’s what we found.

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Across the United States, timelines for remote work continue to extend and many companies are encouraging permanent work from home through at least the end of 2020. 

In response, some employees have begun to seek alternative workspaces to get out of the house, looking to get some temporary separation from housemates or to experience a change of scenery. 

In Los Angeles, many corporate offices still haven’t opened due to safe gathering restrictions. A number of Los Angeles hotels are starting to offer up their rooms for “daytime” rental or extending their occupancy hours beyond traditional check-in times. 

I wanted to check out some of the “workation” opportunities in Los Angeles, to compare and contrast their offerings based on their location in the city and the known reputation of the hotel’s atmosphere. 

I visited Viceroy Santa Monica on the coast, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, and the InterContinental in downtown Los Angeles to experience how they’re welcoming back guests — even if it’s just for a workday. 

Viceroy Santa Monica

First, I visited Viceroy Santa Monica, which took advantage of its recent pandemic closure to renovate the lobby space and spruce up its interior and exterior design. 

As I pulled up to this 169 room property and admired the newly painted mural on the side of the building, I noted it was only accommodating self-parking at the moment — no valet.

Upon walking in, I noted the lobby is chic and modern, with a very Angeleno feeling vibe; the artwork on the wall across from the check-in desk is made up of skateboard wheels, paying homage to Los Angeles skate culture. 

The “work from hotel” offer at Viceroy Santa Monica is an add-on to the purchase of a regular overnight stay in a Viceroy Grande Ocean View room. Guests can check in at 12pm, and have an entire day to enjoy the space, work and relax for $600. If visitors don’t want to stay overnight, they can instead check out at 5 pm and the rate will be reduced by 20% for a $480 daytime visit. The offer includes a king-sized bed and a pullout sleeper sofa, as well as a spacious sitting lounge area with a coffee maker.  

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The offer also comes with complimentary parking, a spacious business desk with a large desktop monitor — which many workers miss from having at the office now that they’ve been relying on laptops for six months — as well as a video game console with games (for when you need a work break), a printer, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and an included bike rental (for when you need to work a bit of movement into the day).

I took a tour of the hotel with Kevin Anawati, area director of sales and marketing, who told me that this property is a popular destination for media and entertainment industry hangouts. Its four meeting rooms are even named after media that has been filmed onsite.

Through large open doors behind the lobby, I spotted the pool, where people were lounging in socially …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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