Using hotel lobbies for informal meetings is nothing new. What is new is that hotels are now trying to cater to not only their own guests — but non-guests, too. Here’s what it means for you.
Hotels like the W chain or the Giraffe Hotel in New York actually encourage short meetings in their lobbies, even by non-guests.
For the hotel, it’s good publicity. For you and your fellow business travelers, it’s free wireless Internet access — and usually, comfortable chairs.
Other hotels are happy to let non-guests use their lobby’s Wifi, provided they buy a drink or snack from the lobby bar.
Now a cocktail at a lobby bar probably won’t be a cheap drink, but if it comes with free Wifi, it could be worth the price.
Just remember — a hotel lobby isn’t an office, your presentations won’t be private and it could be noisy. But for a cheap, convenient meeting place, a hotel lobby could work well.
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