The Hoxton Hotel goes legit on co-working
7 Dubnov St, one of the many WeWork offices around the world
Hip hotel chain doubles down on co-working spaces with launch of new brand
The Hoxton has decided to make co-working a focus of its offering, not just a handy by-product.
With the launch of its new brand, “Working From_”, The Hoxton goes full steam ahead with legitimising its co-working identity.
We find out more.
Co-working at the Hoxton not a fleeting phase
The Hoxton will readily admit to having been in the co-working game since its inception in 2006, but it has never been so clearly defined.
Lobbies and reception areas of these trendy hotels have always offered ample space for people to have informal meetings, lounge on the comfy couches and tap away on their laptops, or grab a coffee and ping off some emails between meetings.
Now, having judged the co-working market to be something which is here to stay, The Hoxton has decided to commit and open its very own co-working brand-come-day hotel, going by the name of “Working From_”.
The hotel’s chief marketing officer Martina Luger said, “We have always kind of been in co-working, it’s not actually a new part of the business for us. Our lobbies were getting busier and busier and when we looked at our spaces, what people are demanding of the space, they wanted more focus, more dedication, and more facilities. We just felt like this was a natural extension of the brand rather than saying, oh, there’s a business opportunity, let’s get into it.”
Duvet days, home office and much more
The inaugural Working From_ property will be in London’s Southwark neighbourhood, after trial periods in The Hoxton’s Chicago hotels earlier this year.
Positioned as a competitor to WeWork, something of the king of co-working spaces, Working From_ offers more than its rival, given that it also has elements and services which are more akin to hospitality than commercial properties. These include getting coffee and “brain food” served to desks and other amenities not typically found in co-working space.
Members can sign up for a variety of desk options and Working From_ caters to everything from established small business to side hustlers working in the gig economy.
At the lower end of the scale, for £75 (€85)/month, members can use a desk during evenings and weekends, while £200 (€225)/month will get them a dedicated desk in a shared space. £500 (€565) equates to six desks in an open plan office, and finally, £700 (€790) per month translates into a fixed private office.
There are also some nifty perks for members, such as “duvet days”, where members can avail of day-use hotel rooms, or £25 (€28) hotel rooms for those pulling all-nighters.
Members may also take advantage of the wellness and gym facilities which are open 24/7 so everyone can come and go as they please.
The emphasis at Working From_ is on family, and Martina Luger comments on this, saying, “The brand has been created where it’s part of the family, but it can definitely stand alone. And that was quite important for us. It has the potential to grow itself.”
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