Workstations are here to stay. Here’s how to get one

Bryan Conzone wasn’t expecting to take an internship when he rented an apartment last year. He just thought he and his family would be moving from Salt Lake City to somewhere in Texas.

Through an online search, Conzone found a company called Landing that offers apartments in over 80 markets, including Austin and Dallas, and decided to give it a try. His two bedroom unit was equipped with everything he needed to work, as well as a full kitchen and laundry room. And at $ 1,800 a month – about the same price he would pay for a week in a vacation rental – the price was right.

“We ended up loving it so much, and the idea of ​​exploring new towns for two months led to three, four, and at this point we just celebrated our first anniversary with Landing,” says Conzone, a director. from a data science and software engineering company in Salt Lake City.

Your summer vacation doesn’t have to end if you don’t want to. Mixing business and pleasure with a long stay, also known as the workplace, is one of the hottest travel trends today. But renting long-term accommodation requires attention to detail and a little knowledge of the destination.

New options abound

There have always been working holidays. But during the pandemic, as more people started working remotely, they realized they could combine the best elements of a leisure vacation with their regular office jobs. Holidays turned into extended stays that allowed people to combine work and leisure. The result was a new type of extended stay called a workcation.

Bill Smith, chief executive of Landing, said flexible living was already popular before the pandemic. But the coronavirus has taken it to a new level.

“Demand has exploded with the start of remote work,” he says.

Flexible life options vary. Landing, launched at the end of 2019, is one of the largest, offering more than 10,000 apartments. It sells annual subscriptions for $ 199 which allows customers to choose any of the locations. Its fully furnished apartments include all the essentials, including linens, kitchen appliances and cutlery. Travelers use an app to check in and communicate with Landing.

I found Lofton Taylor at his workplace in Seattle. At the start of the pandemic, he found a site called Blueground which offers furnished apartments in 15 major cities around the world. The appeal of Blueground, like that of Landing, is standardization, simplicity and flexibility. Its apartments are all equipped with the same equipment and branded furnishings. And you can do almost anything through its smartphone app, including entering and exiting a property.

“It was a seamless experience,” says Taylor, a product designer. “The registration process is excellent, as it is completely hands-off through an app. “

Blueground’s prices are comparable to a vacation rental in this market, but it takes away many of the uncertainties associated with the shared economy, such as dealing with a host or missing out on certain amenities.

Extended-stay properties specialize in helping meet the needs of long-term residents. For example, Rachelle Wright needed an ADA-compliant unit in Seattle this spring, so she could help a family member who needed emergency medical treatment. She turned to Oakwood, a company that offers serviced apartments, just two weeks before she arrived. Oakwood offered him housing at his Seattle South Lake Union property.

“I worked remotely during my stay,” says Wright, program manager for Spokane Valley. “It was clean, quiet, secure, spacious – and the view was great.”

It’s not just apartments. One of the most significant developments in the workspace is the introduction this summer of the Extended Stay America Premier suites. This is a collection of 25 properties within the Extended Stay America family that includes basic amenities, such as fully equipped kitchens, apartment-style amenities, and guest laundry. But it also adds premium features, such as premium bedding, breakfast, and larger TVs.

If you have more to spend – a lot more – you can check out a program called Belmond Nomadic Lease from Embark Beyond. It allows travelers to roam among all participating Belmond properties for at least three weeks at a time at a flat rate. Among the options in Italy: the 14-room Splendido Mare in Portofino; the Cipriani in Venice; and the Caruso in Ravello. Pricing starts at $ 53,330 per month. (If you’re looking for something cheaper, you can try the Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, Peru. Prices there start at just $ 16,000.)

Advice for workstations

So how do you book an internship? Because you are going to be living there for several weeks or more, the considerations are different than they would be for a hotel or short-term vacation rental. Find the apartment or house on a map to see if you are near the facilities that interest you, such as cafes, the local library, pharmacies, and restaurants. As for the apartment, you’ll want to check that there is a kitchen, adequate laundry facilities, and, because you’ll be working from home, a reliable wireless signal.

“Multi-bedroom accommodations are also essential for couples or families, so that multiple conference calls can run smoothly and simultaneously,” says Christian Hempell, vice president of North American market operations for Sonder, a site that offers extended stay options.

Extended stay properties typically cost 20-30% less than a comparable hotel stay. If you are staying longer than a month, inquire about special rates. Many companies will include a discount in their prices, but not always.

Perhaps the most important tip for aspiring workers is to be open to new experiences. At the forefront of this trend, the border between hotel and apartment is blurring. This is the case with Mint House, which considers its properties to be neither hotels nor apartments.

“It combines the best of traditional branded hotels and privately owned Airbnb rentals,” said CEO Will Lucas. And, of course, the rooms are like a hotel, but with more amenities, such as full kitchens. The price is more Airbnb.

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