The continued decline in business travel and the reluctance to travel for leisure in many parts of the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed hoteliers to think outside the box. School and work require soldiers, even from home, to give hotels potential new business opportunities in the form of “work-hotel” or “school-hotel” stays.
Productivity and focus levels can suffer from domestic distractions. Hotels are working hard to develop compelling packages that convince travelers that they can stay focused and motivated even if they are in a new location.
Hotel brands have launched large-scale offerings to promote the idea, but individual properties are developing their own niche concepts that showcase the strength of their destination amenities while following the “workation” and “schoolcation” trend.
Dig dinosaur fossils at Advenire, Utah
The Advenire Hotel’s School of Rock Adventure Package in St. George, Utah (part of Marriott Bonvoy and its autograph collection) gives families the opportunity to branch out from the manual.
Kids can take a dinosaur discovery tour by digging around the famous red rocks of Grand Sion. Visiting a dinosaur discovery site places budding archaeologists in the middle of a 200-million-year-old ecosystem that was once home to prehistoric fish, plants, and dinosaurs. It’s an educational reward after a day of reading books in the room or on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
Create a new “ Home at Hilton ” at Sandestin Beach
The Home at Hilton offer at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers two options for those who want to trade city life for the sunny sand and sea of Florida. With a guest list from destinations near the drive market as well as cooler cities in the north and midwest, extended stays have increased. A 14 night option includes a reduced rate per night, unlimited coffee refills, and ample space to work in the room or balcony. The bunk beds in some rooms are particularly popular with families.
A month-long option, which the resort calls a “month-long life swap,” adds free breakfast, a beach hut, and a daily afternoon cocktail to unwind after a day of. work or school. Both options earn Hilton Honors Points.
Zoom in from a poolside cabana at W South Beach
After a $ 30 million renovation, W South Beach reopened to travelers in late 2020, some of whom are bringing new meaning to working life at the hotel. Some extended stay clients are in-house for up to six months, and the options for staying productive by the ocean are plentiful.
Pool cabanas can be converted back into a remote office with dedicated WiFi signals, and tutors are available on call for students who want to break away from digital learning. Audio-visual and projection capabilities for meetings are also available in the poolside cabana. Staff can walk pets on a daily basis for those who are too focused on work.
The Work Anywhere Play package includes an additional desk or desk outside the master bedroom and a spa credit. Families may see it as a refreshing alternative to the distant school at home as there is enough outdoor space for the children to let go of the accumulated energy. Guests staying for an extended stay can take advantage of discounted monthly rates that waive service charges and free grocery shopping.
‘Work 9-5, play 5-9’ at Ben West Palm
You’ll be able to “work 9-5, play 5-9 at Ben” in West Palm Beach, Florida. The package at the Ben West Palm, an Autograph Collection hotel, is available for overnight stays or day use. The offer includes a signature “out of the office” cocktail on the hotel roof, free parking, an in-room snack basket, discounts on food and drink and all the coffee you can drink. For stays of two or more weeks, a daily laundry credit is a nice boost.
You can also take advantage of the hotel’s new butler program. The in-room menus feature a list of the current top sellers that can be delivered to the door (or left hanging on the door handle) by the dedicated butler. The hotel partners with a local bookstore to purchase books for guests, which they can take home or leave behind to donate to a local library.
‘Work and Schoolcation’ at Club Med
Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida has mastered remote working and learning by providing guests with a separate workspace so that leisure time and work are clearly distributed. This all-inclusive, family-friendly resort gives its productivity-conscious guests access to a meeting room with premium WiFi that doubles as a private office. It has a printer and regular coffee breaks with snacks.
Students can take advantage of a similar offer by using a conference room for virtual learning. The staff at the complex supervise students to help them with anything they need and provide them with snacks. Noise canceling headphones eliminate distraction. Recreation here is a bit more exotic than the playground since kids can participate in other resort activities, including cooking classes or splashing around in the pool or on the beach.
‘Take a Sabbatical’ at AKA West Hollywood
Los Angeles residents won’t need to drive far to take a sabbatical from daily life at AKA West Hollywood, where at least seven-night stays are available for work from the hotel. Typically, AKA guests are required to stay at least 30 nights, but this short-term special is designed to give locals a break from their household routine. On-site “Joy Ambassadors” help coordinate logistics for those who want a change of scenery in one of its studios or suites.
The ‘sabbatical experience’ includes the use of the hotel’s bikes to get around the neighborhood, tickets to nearby botanical gardens, discounts on fresh produce delivered to your room each week, and access to a gym. projection on site for movie nights. There is also a heated swimming pool and outdoor terrace for admiring the scenery after a day’s work in the property’s fully furnished residences.
Work in a pool cabana at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
The Work from Hyatt package at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas includes more than just a single room. Guests receive additional space in the form of a connecting room, a suite with a separate work table or meeting room space for remote work or study and $ 50 in daily credits on food and drink.
The package requires a minimum seven-night stay, but includes other perks like discounts on laundry, free parking, waived resort fees, and two days in a private poolside cabana. Prior to departure, the resort is one of many hotels to offer free Covid testing under new requirements for returning travelers to the United States.
‘Schoolcation’ at the Royal at Atlantis Paradise Island
Students can hit the books in paradise at the Royal at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas with its Schoolcation in Paradise offering. It includes a 30% discount on stays of at least seven nights and a daily credit of USD 30 that can be used towards food and beverage outlets.
Resort credit also covers educational activities such as swimming with dolphins or learning about coral reef preservation from resident marine biologists. The resort’s latest promotion offers a fourth night free for stays in March.
Teachers take a break at the Curtis in Denver
Teachers are also navigating a new normal, and those who guide today’s students from a distance have an ally at Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Denver. The facility offers free access to one of its five meeting rooms for teachers of all levels who need peace and quiet for distance education. In addition to the free space, teachers can use tables, chairs and WiFi at no cost (no stay required).