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Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Marriott launches day passes for WFH Londoners

Marriott International is turning bedrooms into individual 'office' spaces to offer as an alternative to Londoners working from home.

Several of its hotels in the capital and the southeast of England are offering Day Passes, which allow guests to use rooms from 6am to 6pm.

Marriott also has a Stay Pass and a Play Pass, both also aimed at the WFH community.

The stay pass includes an overnight stay with early morning check in and evening checkout, while the Play Pass allows for a multi-day work or leisure break.

"Working remotely doesn't necessarily have to mean working from home where blurred lines between personal and professional lives can create distractions and stress," said Neal Jones, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Marriott International, EMEA.

"We are inviting guests to work anywhere with Marriott Bonvoy to help them be more productive and achieve work/life balance by reimagining our hotel rooms as local remote workspaces for our customers.

By providing flexible booking options, our loyalty members and guests have a familiar alternative when choosing where to work."

Day passes include:

* Fast and reliable Wi-Fi and technology.
* Clean and disinfected places to work.
* Ample desk space with a comfortable chair and plenty of nearby outlets.
* Modern space with a view and natural light.
* Peace and quiet with no distractions.
* Access to coffee, bottled water and food with social distancing.
* Access to hotel perks like the gym and pool.

In the UK this package is currently being offered in select hotels including:

* St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
* London Marriott Hotel County Hall
* London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square
* Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
* W London
* London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf
* Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection
* Residence Inn London Kensington
* Aloft London Excel
* Sheraton Heathrow Hotel
* Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel
* Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club

It is also being launched in the US at hotels in Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, New York, Toronto, and in Asia in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, along with planned expansion in other European cities, the Middle East and Latin America.

Prices in London start from £50 a day at Residence Inn by Marriott Tower Bridge.

With London hotels heavily dependent on business travellers, a new report out this week believes it will be 2024 before they recover to pre-Covid levels. Almost half of hotel rooms are expected to remain empty throughout next year as demand from business travel will stay low, forcing hotel chains to think of more creative ways to fill them.

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