Tired of working from home and all the distractions it entails? The Omni Dallas and Statler would like to offer an alternative.
The hotels have recently launched new initiatives, bucking traditional afternoon check-in times in hopes of appealing to workers who are still unable to safely return to their offices.
Workers can book meeting space at the midcentury modern Statler Hotel for as little as two hours in spaces ranging from 425 to 12,000 square feet. The Statler has business conferencing rooms and ballrooms on its second floor available for booking.
It also offers access to hotel Wi-Fi, onsite audio/video infrastructure for business presentations as well as a customizable menu of food and beverages that can be delivered to your workspace.
The Omni Dallas is offering a “Work Away From Home” special for the use of its guest rooms as office space Sundays through Thursdays. It includes similar amenities to the Statler as well as massages at its spa and dining at its on-site restaurants.
“A change of scenery may be what we all need to rejuvenate our bodies and minds during this pandemic,” hotel spokesperson Amber Bufkin said.
A single day working from the Statler is comparable in cost to a one-night stay, according to the hotel. Statler booking prices currently vary from about $150 per night during the week to around $200 per night on weekends.
Similarly, a workday at the Omni runs roughly the same as a one-night stay, according to Bufkin. One night at the Omni currently averages about $190.
“We’re working differently now … but we still need to create that professional experience for companies and for their clients, and we have the resources to make it possible,” Statler Hotel general manager Ryan Miyamoto said.
Before the pandemic, the Statler was able to accommodate business groups as large as 1,000 people. Now it’s capping its shared workspaces at 250 individuals and believes it can employ sanitation methods and social distancing policies to make a gathering of hundreds as safe as possible.
“Something that our meeting professionals do for for all of our groups is diagramming and making sure everybody understands, ’Okay, this is the flow. This is how we’re going to keep you safe,’ ” Miyamoto said.
Miyamoto pointed to Hilton’s CleanStay initiative that went into effect at its properties in mid-July. The program focuses on sanitizing high-touch areas in hotel guest rooms and shared spaces as well as “contactless” food delivery within the building. Still, new research published by the Centers for Disease Control suggests hotels can easily become breeding grounds for COVID-19.
Four in 10 U.S. hotel industry workers aren’t working, 65% of hotels are operating below their financial breakeven point and hotel occupancy levels are still far below what they were in 2019, according to the most recent analysis from the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Hilton, which owns The Statler, has taken a sizable hit during the pandemic. The hotel chain posted a second-quarter net loss of $430 million. Revenue per available room in the second quarter was down 81% over the previous year.
Leveraging hotel space for things other than leisure travel is one way hotels could begin to potentially recoup some of that lost revenue.
“Business is by no means thriving during the pandemic. Here at the Statler we’ve actually maintained financial stability relative to the market during these difficult times,” Miyamoto said.