I have recently had some pretty bad experiences with so called Hotdesking facilities in Birmingham, UK and this got me thinking about the subject.
I think part of the problem is that they are more experimental models than professional businesses and the people that are running them are just not up to the task. Simple questions,enquiries,suggestions and even help given get very weird responses and you just wonder where these people have been, are coming from and why they are suddenly hosting Hotdesking facilities. Desperation springs to mind ??
In all the years that I have been meeting people in Birmingham in hotels I have never experienced any negative issues. In fact the reverse. As I cast my mind back over hundreds of meeting I can only remember positive experiences.
Over the last year I have used The Malmaison and Marco Pierre Whites in particular. Both are great but of course MPW has the advantage of the amazing views. I have always had good service at the Ibis Chinatown and there is another hotel where I had amazing support from staff with my laptop connectivity – will update soon.
It really begs a few questions:
– Why would you use a Hotdesking facility rather than e.g. a Hotel or Coffee Bar ??
– What are the most important criteria for a venue to meet with somebody ??
– What is the best place to open up your smartphone, notepad or laptop and get a bit of work done ???
There are probably a few other questions that could be asked aswell.
I am going to leave this article for further updates soon.