• Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     
  • Working from Hotels: The New “WFH”

     
    POSTED July 24, 2020
     

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

Work from hotel deals vary. At Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale and sister property Hotel Valley Ho, the “Come & Play All Day” package offers guest room usage and free Wi-Fi during the workday, making the deal conducive to both locals looking to get out of the house and travelers passing through town. After the workday is over, the package grants access to the pool, a free in-room movie and a $40 dining credit.  

Similar to Mountain Shadows, Washington School House in Park City, Utah, offers an in-room workstation setup with a printer, office supplies and notepads. Plus, the package comes with a complimentary “Milk Break” if the need for an afternoon snack arises -- milk and cookies, cold-pressed juices and fruit, coffee and sweets and more are available.

Other hotels are transforming previously used meeting spaces into co-working spaces. Gravity Haus, in Breckenridge, Colorado, has the StarterHaus, which offers a kitchenette, printer, phone booths and more in a dog-friendly, stylish room with concrete flooring, modern leather seating and an exposed industrial ceiling. Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Michigan, recognizes that people are visiting for a mix of remote work and leisure. In response, the “Mission Point Daycation” package offers a workspace free to guests, in addition to a half-day bike rental, a Shepler’s ferry ticket, one round of golf and a $25 food and beverage voucher.

Work from hotel deals help the struggling hospitality and tourism industries to stay afloat during the pandemic, while at the same time giving professionals the opportunity to work outside the home for the first time in months.  

The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has appointed Michael Poompan executive chef. In this role, he oversees all food and beverage operations at the new 251-room hotel. Poompan has served as executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver and Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa and held culinary positions at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.

 

Viewline Resort Snowmass, a newly renovated property in Snowmass Village, has hired Craig Waterman (left)as complex general manager and John Hearns (right) as director of operations.

Waterman, a 36-year veteran in the hospitality industry, oversees all daily operations at Viewline Resort Snowmass, Wildwood Snowmass, and Viewline Event Center. In previous roles, he served as general manager at Snow King Resort & Grandview Residences in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, vice president of opening and transitions for Two Roads Hospitality, and managing director at Parker New York.

 

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley hired Danielle McNair as director of sales and marketing, Catherine Dierolf as a leisure sales manager, and Natalie LaVire as a catering sales and events manager.

» McNair joins The Westin Riverfront from Viceroy Snowmass, another luxury Colorado resort managed by East West Hospitality where she served as director of business development. She has held roles in catering, event design, and sales and marketing at Vail Resorts, Vail Valley Partnership, and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail.