Being a digital nomad is fast becoming a way of life for many freelancers. Earning a living while travelling the world – what’s not to love? And now there is even a hotel-come-co-working space designed specifically for those who have taken up this modern and attractive way of working.
Located just 20 minutes from the airport, in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre is citizenM – a quirky hotel, which boasts a clean and contemporary décor throughout its meeting rooms, shared office space and bedrooms.
The inspiration behind citizenM came from Robin Chadha – chief marketing officer – and his colleagues, who identified a need for a hotel to cater for a “new generation of travellers”.
Chadha told Modern Work: “citizenM set out to disrupt the traditional hotel model. We looked at ways to build in a new way; design the experience in a new way for the guest and operate in a new way. We focused the entire experience on the new generation of travellers and on our own frustrations.
“citizenM pioneered the concept of affordable luxury for the people, giving customers all the luxuries they need from a good hotel and taking away the unnecessary things. Amazingly designed, human hotels, full of technology at an affordable price.”
At citizenM, there is no such thing as suites or double and single rooms. Every room is the same, with prices starting from around £63 per night, depending on the day you stay.
All guests enjoy an extra-large kingsize bed, wall-to-wall windows, a TV and a power rain shower. Each room has a tablet which controls everything from the lights and the blinds, to the TV, on-demand movies and even wake-up calls. And to top it all off – mood lighting!
And it’s not just the chic red, black and white themed décor and ultra-modern artwork that makes citizenM a great place to stay. Rather than the standard hotel lobby and reception to greet your arrival, there is simply someone there to direct you to a computer.
For the technophobes, this may seem a daunting way to check-in, but it is actually quick, easy and saves you waiting around. Plus, you even get to choose what floor you want your room on and whether it faces the courtyard or looks out over Glasgow.
Then there is societyM – a shared office space where anyone is welcome. The venue offers spacious meeting rooms equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and wipe-clean walls for your notes and scribbles.
There are a variety of rooms to choose from, accommodating anywhere from six to 20 people. Prices for the meeting rooms start from around £140 for half a day and £200 for a full day, and comes with the option to include a breakfast or lunch package at an additional cost.
And for larger events, there is also the bonus of a screening room in Glasgow, which can host up to 50 people. Prices start from £200 for half a day or £320 for a full day and include an unlimited supply of tea and coffee.
The hotel also offers Apple Macs and printers for guests to use and with canteenM open 24 hours a day, giving you access to food and drink, it means you can work, socialise and sleep when it suits you.
The rise in the number of on-the-go freelancers has seen places like this hotel co-working space combo flourish since it opened in 2010. The hotel has around 70 to 100 daily guests using its workspace.
However, Glasgow was not the first citizenM.
Chadha added: “We opened our first hotel in 2008 in Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. Since then, citizenM has opened a further 12 hotels in Europe, the USA and Asia. With a second New York hotel opening in the Bowery this summer, we are one of the fastest growing hotel brands in Europe.
“And it’s not just the hotel – we have had a number of successful events. We regularly collaborate with arts and cultural festivals and events, such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, to create installations within the hotels. Last year saw a very successful installation created especially for the Shoreditch citizenM by designer Yinka Ilori.
“This year, citizenM Glasgow is partnering with Glasgow International (GI) – Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art. To celebrate the partnership, citizenM Glasgow has launched an exhibition with graphic design agency Cause + Effect, which opened to the public in April, to coincide with the start of GI 2018.
“Additional programming includes a series of artist panels, workshops and installations at the hotel, which will run throughout 2018.”
So, whether you’re after somewhere to host events, work or simply stopover as you continue your travels, with sleek, comfy furniture throughout, it’s easy to relax and enjoy working at citizenM – whether that’s in your room or in the shared office space.