Work & Play: The 21 Best Places to Stay for Digital Nomads
The digital nomad lifestyle allows you to work and live anywhere in the world, but it’s important to find accommodation offering the ideal balance of business and pleasure. While many hotels don’t facilitate online work with dreary business centres and spotty Wi-Fi, these 21 hotels cater to digital nomads with creative co-working spaces, enticing leisure facilities, spacious rooms and of course, high-speed Wi-Fi.
1. Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour by Ovolo Hostel – Hong Kong
Designed for co-living and co-working, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour by Ovolo Hostel in Hong Kong is a digital nomad’s dream, offering a dedicated co-working area, chill spaces and a bar serving hot dogs inspired from flavours around the world. There’s also a library and music room and an ongoing community event series.
Accommodations range from a 3 Bed Female Dormitory to an 8 Bed Mixed Dormitory, many boasting harbour views and private lockers. The Private Queen Room is perfect for when you need solo space. Travelling with kids or in a group? Stay in the Family Room with two queen-size beds and a single bed.
2. Hobo Hotel – Stockholm, Sweden
Located 10 minutes’ walk from Stockholm Palace, Hobo Hotel boasts a boutique vibe with its community focus. Food and drinks are spread across two floors, while the 5th floor 5EMMAN is perfect for a coffee break or co-working space, before turning into a lively after-work scene with live DJs.
Retreat to one of the trendy rooms that include complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Nomads will love the curated peg-walls with items to borrow, connect and stream in-room speakers and the headboard that turns into a desk. For views over Brunkebergstorg square, stay in the Hobo Superior.
3. Hotel Schani Wien – Vienna, Austria
Hotel Schani Wien is a five-minute walk from Vienna Central Station. Smart Street rooms boast snazzy decor, king-size beds, 2 USB charging ports and a seating area with workspace, while Smart Maisonettes add Nespresso machines, tablets and sofa beds. The hotel’s mobile app even serves as your room key.
Need a working space? There’s Seminar Rooms and Conference Rooms, as well as a co-working space with dedicated desks that have private lockers. You can also make the hotel your company address to receive mail. Take a break in the tranquil outdoor garden or on-site bar, which serves home-made Seven Botanicals gin.
4. Mojo Nomad Central Hong Kong – Hong Kong
Mojo Nomad Central Hong Kong is one of the newest hotels in the Hong Kong Central District, designed to blend work, travel and home. Rooms range from Small to Extra Large and include USB and plug sockets, flat-screen TVs, fridges, storage options and super-fast Wi-Fi.
Get cracking on your laptop at the designer workspace then kick back at the lounge or sip margaritas during happy hour at the Te Quiero Mucho restaurant. Want to savour the best views of Hong Kong? Hop aboard the Peak Tram nearby and admire the glittering skyscrapers from above at Victoria Peak.
5. Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro lives up to its digital nomad-friendly brand name, offering a co-living space with boutique touches. It’s easy to find the perfect work-life balance with its on-site facilities, which include a beautifully designed co-working space and lively on-site bar with happy-hour specials.
Save money in the Standard Room, which has a queen-size bed, mingle with fellow travellers in the Quadruple Room or upgrade to the Rockstar Room for a terrace and Jacuzzi. Travelling with the crew? Reserve the Triple Room with three twin-size beds. When you’re ready to move on to another destination, Santos Dumont Airport is a quick Uber away.
6. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai – Dubai, UAE
A 20-minute drive from Mall of the Emirates, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai is a glamorous hotel perfect for nomads who want to splurge. Take advantage of luxury on-site perks, including an outdoor pool, two cocktail lounges, fully-equipped gym and a tech-savvy co-working space known as The Nest, which offers business services and unlimited coffee and snacks.
Rooms boast bold pops of colour and include complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and coffee maker. Need extra space? Upgrade to a suite for a balcony, separate living space and access to the VYP Lounge. You can also stay in a Family Room for a connecting room for kids or Fitness room for an in-room stationary bike.
7. RYSE Autograph Collection by Marriott – Seoul, South Korea
RYSE Autograph Collection by Marriott is a one-of-a-kind hotel made for creatives and nomads. The Creator Room offers the most affordability with a Bluetooth Boombox speaker, custom facial mask, drip bag coffee and Smart TV, while the opulent Executive Producer Suite adds a soaking tub, fully-equipped kitchen and DJ table.
Visit the hotel’s on-site art gallery or retail space, then brainstorm new ideas in the 5th-floor meeting and work studios before dancing to live music at the rooftop Side Note Club. Recharge with fresh sourdough bread, cakes and housemade coffee at Tartine Coffee Bar or fill up with Thai cuisine at Long Chim restaurant.
8. Oneday Hostel – Bangkok, Thailand
Oneday Hostel is a combination hostel and co-working space located in the heart of Bangkok on the bustling Sukhumvit road. Perfect for digital nomads on a budget, dorms here feature private reading lights, power sockets, curtains and personal lockers. If you prefer a quiet space, stay in the Private Room.
Sample Bangkok’s iconic street food and purchase elephant-adorned cotton pants, then get focused at the hotel’s Forward – Coworking Space, which has high-speed Wi-Fi, individual desks and meeting rooms. Get a caffeine buzz at the coffee shop, watch movies in the Theater Room or borrow a book in the Reading Corner.
9. Volkshotel – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Located in Amsterdam’s trendy De Pijp neighbourhood, Volkshotel’s chic decor highlights its past as a newspaper headquarters. Standard rooms feature flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and a work nook to get the creative juices flowing, while upgraded rooms add unique touches, such as Japanese tubs, vinyl music collections and mini cinemas.
Enjoy a quick breakfast or a cold beer at the on-site cafe, then book a work cabin in the Flex-working space or sign up for belly-dancing and pottery workshops. Let off some steam at the basement nightlife venue, Doka, then sweat out your hangover in the sauna and hot tub or relieve your work posture with a relaxing massage.
10. Hotel Zetta – San Francisco, USA
Hotel Zetta is located in the heart of San Francisco’s hip SoMa District, steps from the Moscone Center. The Playroom is a workspace with Nintendo games, pool tables and shuffleboards, while the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Cavalier, serves British favourites. After a long day of work, unplug with a massage at the on-site spa.
The rooms offer hi-tech conveniences, including Smart TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi and customisable in-room workspaces. For a separate living area and sofa bed, upgrade to the Premier Studio King. Having trouble staying healthy on the road? The Well + Away rooms add Peloton exercise bikes and complimentary healthy snacks.
11. Selina Miraflores Lima – Lima, Peru
Nestled in the Miraflores district, Selina Miraflores Lima is two kilometres from Makaha Beach. Stay in one of the 6, 8 or 12-bed dorms if you’re looking to socialise or choose a one or two-bedroom apartment for extra privacy. Digital nomads will appreciate the sound insulation in the Unique Private Room, which is perfect for when you’re on a tight deadline.
Close your laptop and sign up for one of the hotel’s memorable experiences, such as a walking tour or surf class, or enjoy a relaxing walk along the beach. When hunger strikes, sample some of Peru’s local specialties at the on-site restaurant and bar.
12. Mama Shelter Bordeaux Centre – Bordeaux, France
Mama Shelter Bordeaux Centre is located in the city centre, within a five-minute walk from Bordeaux Cathedral. There’s an on-site restaurant with rooftop seating and brunch specialties, while designer workspaces have LED screens, Bose sound systems and coffee machines. Need tips for exploring? Refer to the Digital Concierge for recommendations.
All rooms include free movies on demand from an iMac, along with streaming capabilities, Airplay, Wi-Fi and Skype. The cosy Small Mama room is perfect for budget-conscious travellers with a work desk and mini bar. Got the family in tow? The XXL Mama Family features two bedrooms and a couch.
13. Ace Hotel London Shoreditch – London, UK
Keeping with East London’s eclectic vibes, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch offers trendy common areas that lure in remote workers. Rooms feature large oak tables for work, vinyl collections, record players and acoustic guitars, while suites add separate living areas and outdoor terraces.
The spacious 24-hour lobby boasts meeting spaces perfect for working and socialising with a juice bar, room-like zones and complimentary Wi-Fi. The on-site coffee shop, Bulldog Edition, serves artisanal coffee, while late-night music and drinks are found at Miranda Venue. Walk 10 minutes to tuck into delicious curry on Brick Lane.
14. citizenM Amsterdam South Hotel – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designed to offer affordable luxury to the mobile citizens of the world, citizenM Amsterdam South Hotel boasts soundproof rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. Add blackout blinds, wall-to-wall windows, free movies and an international plug system and it’s easy to see why nomads feel at home here.
The lobby reflects a living room with contemporary living spaces, iMacs for getting work done and fresh barista-brewed coffee. Take a break from your screen to indulge in signature sandwiches or fresh pastries at the 24-hour canteenM, which also serves as a social space with beer on tap and champagne on ice in the evening.
15. COQ Hotel Paris – Paris, France
Located in the heart of Paris’s creative 13th arrondissement, COQ Hotel Paris boasts multipurpose spaces and individually decorated rooms. The cosy Classique rooms feature vintage decor and artwork as well as flat-screen TVs, while upgraded Superieure rooms include Nespresso machines and queen-size beds.
Start your day with homemade jams and freshly squeezed orange juice at the airy dining room before sorting out your business affairs nestled next to the fireplace or by the winter garden. After work, enjoy a charcuterie board, glass of wine or COQtails at the buzzing on-site bar, which hosts fun events throughout the year.
16. Ovolo Southside – Hong Kong
Helping entrepreneurs balance work and travel, Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong’s first warehouse-converted hotel. Free on-site perks include Wi-Fi, all-day snacks, a self-service laundry, 24-hour gym and in-room mini bar. Work on the terrace of Above for city skyline views or in the funky 1st-floor conference room, then unwind with signature cocktails handcrafted by Cocktail Professors at Komune.
Rooms feature industrial-chic decor and come with flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows, while Rockstar Suites boast built-in bars and sweeping views of the South Island. Ready for a day off? Ditch the 9-5 and visit the Ocean Park theme park, just two kilometres away.
17. citizenM Rotterdam Hotel – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Only a two-minute walk from Rotterdam Blaak metro station, citizenM Rotterdam Hotel features boutique rooms with designer interiors. Take in the view from wall-to-wall windows in standard rooms, which also include complimentary movies, Wi-Fi and king-size beds. Tech geeks will love the innovative tablet MoodPad that lets you control the TV, blinds, temperature and lighting.
The 1st-floor contemporary living space offers a quiet spot to brainstorm new ideas as well as spacious meeting facilities and iMac computers. Grab a book from the library or an expertly mixed cocktail at CanteenM, which also serves coffee, signature sandwiches and sushi during the day and adult beverages at night.
18. Mama Shelter Lyon – Lyon, France
Located in Lyon’s 7th arrondissement, Mama Shelter Lyon has 156 rooms that will keep you connected. The Small Mama room caters to nomads on the go with an in-room iMac, fridge, desk and complimentary Wi-Fi and movies on demand. For an outdoor terrace with a sofa and ping pong table, upgrade to the XXL Mama Corner Terrace.
The on-site restaurant serves Sunday dinners and brunch specials, while a gift store sells zany souvenirs. Mingle with fellow guests at the bar and, if you’re travelling with kids, they can play in the Mama Loves Kid area with video games, board games and pinball.
19. Montrose West Hollywood – Los Angeles, USA
Steps from the famous Sunset Strip, Montrose West Hollywood is an all-suite hotel in California. The residential-style suites appeal to digital nomads with pillow-top beds, Keurig coffee makers, HDTVs, refrigerators and fireplaces, while select suites add private balconies, kitchenettes and separate dining areas.
Take in stunning sunset views over West Hollywood and Beverly Hills from the rooftop pool and bar, while the hotel’s cosy lounge provides a relaxed workspace. At night, the lounge turns into a lively space for socialising over complimentary wine at the Vino & Vinyl Hour. Got a remote business meeting? Enjoy in-suite dining, from gourmet pasta to healthy wraps.
20. YHA London Central – London, UK
Boasting seven floors of no-frills accommodation, YHA London Central is five minutes’ walk from Oxford Street. Rooms range from 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms to private double rooms and include complimentary Wi-Fi. Don’t worry about overpacking, as the beauty room boasts hair straighteners, hair dryers and an ironing board.
There’s a work-friendly on-site bar and cafe, as well as a common kitchen and community dining area. London’s top restaurants and entertainment areas are within easy reach, while the hostel’s walking tours, pub crawls and themed nights give you a chance to meet fellow digital nomads.
21. Charlotte Marriott City Center – Charlotte, USA
While North Carolina is not a traditional hub for digital nomads, Charlotte Marriott City Center lures in remote workers with its open-plan lobby with tech-enabled spaces, mobile check-in and modular desks. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and an immersive Chef’s Kitchen-style dining experience at Stoke Charlotte restaurant or freshly-roasted coffee at Coco and the Director.
Stylish rooms and suites include complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, work desks and coffee makers, while some rooms also have city views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgrade to the M Club Experience for M Club Lounge access with complimentary food and drinks.