Mr. Weissenberg noted that several recently opened hotels that have co-working spaces charge non-guests for access. “The fees aren’t high, but the amenities they have generally warrant a charge,” he said.
The Revolution Hotel, for one, which opened on Dec. 5 in Boston’s South End neighborhood, charges non-guests $20 a day for access to its co-working space, Conspire. The space offers communal tables, bar style seating, couches and an eight-person conference room. Kate Buska, the vice president of brand development for Provenance Hotels, the company that runs the hotel, said that Conspire offers free coffee all day and free fruit and pastries in the morning. “Later in January, we’re going start a regular happy hour where we pour local beers,” she said.
Eaton DC’s new co-working space, Eaton House, is spread over three levels and has desks, communal areas, conference rooms and private offices. It charges non-guests three tiers of monthly membership: a $400 entry level, called the Nomad, gets members a drop-in desk; the $800 level, the Pioneer, comes with a dedicated desk; and the top tier, the Collective, which starts at $1,800 a month, comes with a private office. (WeWork’s charges vary by location but start at $190 a month for a desk and $450 a month for an office.)
Guests at the Eaton hotel get the drop-in desk and other Nomad benefits, said Eaton’s founder, Katherine Lo.
Amanda Wiles, from Asheville, N.C., and Pat Clifford, of Cincinnati, base themselves at Eaton House when they’re in Washington for their work related to Fundred, the organization they co-run that uses art to raise awareness about lead poisoning.
“We travel a lot together, and it’s not usually easy to find a convenient space where we can park ourselves and work,” Ms. Wiles said. “On our last trip, we spent two days straight at Eaton House, and it became a center of gravity for us.”