Across South Africa, hotels starved for income after months of forced shutdown are now offering their rooms as offices for those who must work from home, but may be struggling with interruptions and other professional challenges.
According to Business Insider, City Lodge launched a new special that allows you to book a room, set up as a “professional work station”, for R495 per day (from 08:00 to 15:00).
The price includes facilities to make coffee and tea, secure parking, WiFi, and, or so the hotel group claims, “peace and quiet”.
A light lunch may be included in the offering for a “modest additional fee”. The rooms are available at all Courtyard Hotels, City Lodge Hotels, Town Lodge, and Road Lodge establishments.
Morné Bester, general manager of City Lodge’s operations, says the company realised that it could turn its hotel rooms into offices because it has always had large desks in its rooms, to cater for business travellers.
“As working from home becomes normal practice for many people around the country, we realised there was an opportunity to maximise use of our hotel rooms while meeting the need for private, quiet work spaces.
Other hotels have had the same idea, with the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point, in Cape Town offering private suites as offices .
The private office can be used to conduct interviews, for example, and costs R200 during the first hour and R100 per hour after that.
To accommodate people who can’t work from the office, the hotel also offers computer workstations to customers for R60 for 30 minutes.
In an attempt to save jobs, the Peninsula also offers a drive-through laundry and outsourced “housekeeping” services, as well as household repair work.