If the novelty of working from home has worn off but your office isn’t open yet, hotels offer an alternative—work from a hotel. Whether you just need some quiet and solitude for the day or want to get away without having to use paid time off, these programs offer a solution for combining work and play.
Members of hotel loyalty programs may be able to take advantage of promotions and perks to enhance their stay, too. Learn more about work-from-hotel offerings, what they cost, and which chains allow you to cash in your points to book your home-office escape.
- Multiple big-brand and independent hotels offer work-from-hotel programs.
- Marriott’s work-based reservations offer more options and perks than its big-name competitors.
- Hyatt offers multiple extended-stay options, setting it apart from Marriott and Hilton.
- Hilton’s work-from-hotel options are limited, with the best perks reserved for higher-tier loyalty members.
- Smaller hotel chains and independent hotels tend to offer better perks for one-day work-from-hotel offers.
What Is a Work-From-Hotel Deal?
Nearly half of American workers (49%) acknowledged they are feeling at least somewhat burned out from remote work, according to an employee survey conducted by McKinsey and Company. If you are among them, stepping away from the home desk every now and then is probably a wise idea. Hotel chains including Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton have responded by creating programs focused on work-from-home employees that need an office space away from home.
Programs are available for one-day stays to extended stays. And, if you’re a loyalty member who has a hotel credit card, work-from-hotel stays are a good way to earn points and stay credits, too. Here’s a look at some of the current work-from-hotel offers.
Marriott has three different programs geared toward workers who are looking to get away: for the day, overnight, or for an extended trip.
A Day Pass reservation includes access to a guest room from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your reservation includes complimentary snacks, bottled water, full use of the hotel’s business facilities, and access to premium Wi-Fi. Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite, and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members get lounge access where available. You won’t earn any Bonvoy Points for your stay since you aren’t booking an overnight reservation.
Best for: Work-from-home employees who want a break from their daily at-home routine, or for those who have a pressing deadline and need a day of peace and quiet to focus on their projects.
The Stay Pass provides an overnight stay with a 6 a.m. check-in and a 6 p.m. late checkout the next day, giving you a workspace for up to 36 hours. The amenities you get with a Stay Pass include all the Day Pass perks plus two more: a $10 food and beverage voucher and access to hotel amenities, including fitness rooms and pools. Because Stay Pass is an overnight stay, you’ll earn Marriott Bonvoy points for your stay.
Best for: Those who need an extended break from their home environment, or have maintenance issues that make working from home difficult for a day or two.
For those seeking an extended stay so they can work in the day and relax at night, the Play Pass includes:
- A business concierge
- Supervised kids’ activities
- Access to workspaces and meeting rooms
Call Marriott before booking a Stay Pass or Play Pass to confirm which amenities the hotel has, as your pass may include access to amenities not available at the hotel you book.
Best for: A parent who needs a break from the daily grind but also wants a property that provides workspaces and supervised activities for their children.
Day Pass gives you 12 hours of work time.
You’ll earn points on your room rate and eligible hotel charges.
Participating hotels provide supervised activities for kids for Play Pass customers.
Day Pass customers don’t earn Elite night credits or select Elite benefits.
There are no kid activities for Day Pass or Stay Pass customers.
Marriott Bonvoy members can’t use points to book a Day Pass.
Gym amenities only available for guests who book overnight stays.
Marriott’s range of options allow for more flexibility than other chains, and the perks are more impressive. However, Day Pass bookings don’t earn stay credits toward a status upgrade, which is a helpful benefit that other brands offer their day-pass customers. The points you earn from your stay are valued at 1.05 cents each, according to The Balance’s research; that rate is slightly above the benchmark you’d want from your points redemptions.
Hyatt offers three basic work-from-hotel options: day rates, packages for five-night to 29-night stays, and packages for stays of 30 days or longer.
Office for the Day
Hyatt’s work-from-hotel program offers high-floor guest rooms from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. An Office for the Day reservation gives you access to:
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
- Business facilities
- 50% discount on self- or valet parking
- 15% food and beverage discount and complimentary bottled water and a selection of coffee and tea in-room
- Hotel amenities like pools and fitness centers
Locations include major cities such as Amsterdam, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, and Seattle. Prices start at $65 per day.
Hotel rates and deals vary by property and date, so be sure to shop around for the best deal. You may find member deals for overnight stays that are actually less expensive than Office for the Day rates.
Best for: World of Hyatt members that need a one-day break from their home office and have points they can redeem for their stay.
If you want to mix work and play, you could book an extended stay work package of five to 28 nights (some hotels require a seven-night minimum). If you do so by June 30, 2021, you’ll receive a complimentary Office for the Day award to use by September 12, 2021. Perks include:
- A work area in a private space separate from your room, or a complimentary second guest room at certain Hyatt properties
- Daily food and beverage credit
- Complimentary or discounted laundry services
- Complimentary parking and high-speed Wi-Fi
- Waived resort fees
Best for: Work-from-home employees who want a workcation that includes necessary perks like a private workspace, complimentary parking, and laundry services.
The Great Relocate
This program is for stays of 29 nights or longer. You get some additional perks over extended stays including:
- Up to three hours of complimentary boardroom usage per month
- Access to an IT concierge
- 25% off food and beverages, and laundry services
Best for: Workers who are considering moving for a job and want to experience the city first hand or take an extended workcation, while having ample amenities for work and meeting spaces for teams.
World of Hyatt members earn points and credits toward their elite tier status for all work-from-hotel bookings.
You can use points to book Work from Hyatt reservations.
You’ll have access to hotel amenities for all tiers.
You’ll get complimentary parking for extended stay reservations.
There’s no complimentary parking for day passes.
Day passes may be more expensive than nightly room rates.
Hyatt’s program for work-from-home employees offers solid benefits across all three tiers. However, the program’s overall value takes a hit because some day passes may cost as much or more than a nightly stay. That being said, the reward points World of Hyatt members earn for work-from-hotel stays are the most valuable of all major hotel loyalty programs: The Balance values World of Hyatt points at 1.88 cents per point. Office for the Day counts as a qualifying stay toward elite status. And, you can book with points if you’ve got some stashed away.
Hilton Hotels offers a day rate, but no special programs for longer stays.
Hilton’s WorkSpaces day passes provide a day-use room available for eight-hour workdays, with the exact hours varying by property. Your stay includes:
- Complimentary internet
- Complimentary in-room tea and coffee
- Complimentary bottled waters for Hilton Honors members
- Access to hotel amenities like fitness centers and pools
If you pay for your WorkSpaces stay with your Hilton Honors American Express card, you’ll earn 7 bonus points per $1.
Bookings earn Hilton Honors points, and you get a credit for your day pass just like you would for an overnight stay.
But the program has its limitations: The duration of your stay is limited to the length of a standard workday and you don’t get access to premium Wi-Fi speeds unless you’re a Diamond-tier member in the Hilton Honors program. Also, only Diamond-tier members get executive lounge access during a WorkSpaces stay.
Best for: Hilton Diamond-tier members who can take advantage of premium internet and executive-lounge access.
Guests who use WorkSpaces earn Hilton Honors Points (10 base points per dollar at most of their brands).
WorkSpaces reservations earn stay credits, which can help you achieve a higher membership tier in the Hilton Honors program.
Day pass includes access to amenities.
Limited day pass hours
You can’t book a WorkSpaces reservation with reward points.
Basic perks are reserved for Hilton Honors members.
There are no programs for extended stays.
WorkSpaces day passes could be more expensive than an overnight stay.
Compared to the offerings from Hyatt and Marriott, Hilton’s WorkSpaces program offers limited value. The amount of time you can stay at the hotel to complete your work is four hours less than Marriott’s Day Pass. And basic perks like water bottles and upgraded internet are reserved for Hilton Honors members. Signing up for Hilton Honors only takes a few seconds, but it’s an extra step. Hilton points are valued by The Balance at just 0.48 cents per point, well below the benchmark you’d want from your points redemptions.
Other Work-From-Hotel Deals
Beyond the big hotel chains, there are other work-from-hotel options to consider. Some examples include:
You can work from this posh hotel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Standard king room rates start at $185, but you can qualify for a complimentary suite upgrade. Wi-Fi and valet parking are included, plus you’ll get two bottles of water and an on-the-house cocktail at Spindle Café when you clock out. If you don’t want to leave the hotel at the end of your workday, you don't have to. The hotel will allow you to convert your day pass into an overnight reservation for free.
Estancia La Jolla
Day rates at this San Diego-area hotel are $99, and you’ll have the room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The property’s work-from-hotel offer is a strong one, with complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and in-room coffee and tea, as well as a complimentary bottle of wine.
Hamilton Hotel Washington D.C.
If you work in the nation’s capital and need a day out of your home, the “WFH: Work From Hamilton” gives you a room from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., along with breakfast for one and a Keurig coffee maker and complimentary gig-speed internet. You can also use the fitness center for one hour. Rates start at $109.