Remote workers turn to hotels for comfort, change of scenery


A man enjoys a scenic view from his hotel room while working remotely. Photo courtesy

Many remote workers have become stressed and depressed working from home for the last six months.

Some remote workers say it has caused “laziness,” lack of “attention,” and “low communication skills” to their important jobs.

The new solution for remote workers who are bored with their home working environment is renting out hotel rooms to create a better remote working space. Hotels across the country are creating specific hotel packages that will accommodate remote workers who would prefer a quiet private hotel room versus working in the guest room or living room at home.

Travis Mcloud, a remote worker in Tallahassee who sometimes goes to the Tru by Hilton Tallahassee Central on the Parkway, said he needed a change of scenery.

“I have seen my family for six months straight, with school and work becoming virtual. Honestly, it’s causing a strain on my mind. I love my family, but I thought of cost-efficient ways to ensure a mental break and the hotel room was the escape I needed to regain my focus while I work remotely,” Mcloud said.

Antonio Matthews, a senior healthcare major at FAMU and a Hilton hotel worker from West Palm Beach, is familiar with remote workers using a room to take of business at this hotel.

“Working at a hotel, I’ve seen many remote workers come in and out of the hotel I work at. There was definitely a decline in workers coming to the hotel but now it’s slowly boosting . It seems as if big corporations are bringing in their employees to upgrade their stores to feature more technology and less personal. I honestly love working at the hotel Holiday Inn E capital in Tallahassee. Even though many hotels had to close around us, the hotel I am at managed to stay a float and exceeded expectations during the pandemic. We managed to go from the No. 44 rated hotel to the fourth highest rated hotel in Tallahassee, Matthews said.

May Stevens, a third year engineering student at Florida A&M from Macon, Georgia gives a student perspective.

“It can be hard to focus at home due to lack of isolation options and other variables that may distract you such as TV, family, phones , etc. When the change occurred it was hard for me as an engineering student to focus and understand lessons via Zoom. I also believe that the stress may come from sitting in the same area for hours at a time. Also, being around the same people may also cause stress because of the inability to leave home,” he said.

Shay Williams, an HR professional who has been working remotely from Chicago for the past year, said she prefers working from home.

“I’ve been working from home for the past year so when COVID hit it didn’t really bother me to work from home because I’ve already been doing it and I love it. I would not purchase a hotel room when I have my own home. I do understand there are other people that need the structure of working in an office and would like to get out of their home so there have been a lot of community offices set up. I do think that in the long run working from home is more beneficial and there have been studies to show that you save on average $2,000 a year working from home in relation to going into an office,” Williams said.