Working from home once sounded ideal to many. But months into the coronavirus pandemic, some find themselves searching for new space.
To help switch up your scenery, Boston hotels started offering work-from-home packages. The packages include a desk, WiFi, coffee, personal protection equipment (PPE) and fun ways to take breaks, including cornhole and a putting green.
Beacon Hill hotel XV Beacon has a package called Your exclusive boutique office for $600.
“Let XV Beacon be your temporary home office or offsite boutique meeting space,” the website states.
It includes a private room from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., large desk with stationery and pens, a television, WiFi, bottle of water, PPE kits and access to the roof deck for cornhole and a putting green. For an additional cost, there’s also in-room dining options available through Mooo…., a steakhouse adjacent to the hotel.
Back Bay’s Mandarin Oriental, Boston offers Working from M.O for just under $300 a day.
“Bring your laptop and we’ll take care of the rest,” the website states.
It’s also available from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., includes WiFi, printing facilities, a dining credit and access to the Fitness Centre.
The Eliot Hotel in Back Bay’s Work from Home package is available for $125.
“Our one-bedroom suites, complete with a living room and desk will provide you with the space and solitude you need to work remotely,” the website states.
It includes a one-bedroom suite, WiFi and coffee and tea.
It also notes that no more than two people can use the room.
“No more than 2 guests will be allowed to check into any one room under the work from home offer,” the website states. “The work from home offer cannot be used to host meetings.”
And don’t try to work late, checking out after 6 p.m. will result in a full night’s room and tax charged to the credit card on file.
Boston hotels are one of the many businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Boston ranked as a top 5 destination for travelers during Labor Day weekend last year. But this year’s traveling is looking very different due to the pandemic.
In July, Logan International Airport reported a decrease in arrivals by 58%, which is about 11,000 fewer flights, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The airport has reported 54,000 fewer arrivals overall so far in 2020.
And they’re not the only ones.
MGM Resorts also started offering a ‘Work-from-Las-Vegas’ travel package earlier this year with the hopes of attracting visitors.
“Replace the same-old home office with a new home-away-from-home office,” MGM Resort’s website states. “You’ll get a room that’s fully equipped with everything you need to get the job done plus your own ‘Executive Assistant’ and much-deserved change of scenery. That’s a big win-win-win.”
Many of the Vegas packages are still available.
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