According to a 2017 Gallup Poll, 43 percent of employed Americans work remotely at least some of the time. Not only has this percentage increased each year, the amount of time spent working remotely has also increased. Distractions, isolation, and unreliable Wi-Fi are just some of the reasons professionals have sought space outside the home in which to work. If Starbucks or Panera are not your idea of a productive work environment, enter the era of shared “coworking spaces.”
For solopreneurs on a tight budget, the Office Labs at Hotel Hi-Ho offers the opportunity for free weekly coworking. Every Wednesday, the completely renovated second floor lobby is available from 11 am to 6 pm to both hotel guests and travelers alike. “We really wanted Hotel Hi-Ho to be seen as a welcoming, community-oriented space,” says Hi-Ho General Manager, Rick Emery. “Our lounge is great, but it didn’t have much traffic after the complimentary daily breakfast, so we created Office Lab at Hotel Hi-Ho to offer a creative space to work, relax, recharge, and of course, network.” Another bonus—rotating artwork from local artists adorn the walls, and Shearwater coffee is brewed throughout the day to keep everyone on-pointe. For those needing to host a meeting, the hotel’s sister Fairfield property, The Circle Hotel has tech-savvy meeting rooms available for a fee, which can accommodate 20 to 50 people.