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The Best Hotel Lobbies for Freelancers to Work

Seven NYC spots that beat your cramped local coffee shop.

Boro Hotel

For peripatetic professionals always on the hunt for cool public places to hunker down and roll up their sleeves, hotel lobbies—equipped with amenities you typically won’t find at your local library or coffee shop—are often choice spots for toiling away.

These seven lobby heroes all boast complimentary high-speed wifi, sumptuous seating, good snacks, and grade-A people-watching (for inspiration, of course). Now get to work!

The Marlton Hotel

This little-known lodge in Greenwich Village is a great go-to for freelancers looking to avoid crowds. Settle down at the large table by the check-in desk or snag one of the plush settees by the wood-burning fireplace, which roars to life in the fall. There’s tableside coffee service from the espresso bar, and the hotel’s quaint restaurant, Margaux, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m. to midnight every day of the year. 5 West 8th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Greenwich Village

Its just like your living room at home! / Photo courtesy of the Marlton Hotel

The Standard High Line

Open from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week, the Living Room at this Meatpacking District hotel caters to early birds and night owls alike (unless, of course, you have to deliver…deliverables at 5 in the morning). The lively, modern space, where a DJ spins tunes every day from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., is thick with comfy sofas, tables, and chairs ideal for laptop lounging and small meetings. Along with a healthy breakfast lineup, there’s an all-day menu with shareable snacks and desserts, including frozen s’mores (a sweet respite from a case of writer’s block). Need a more potent pick-me-up? Grab a beer or cocktail at the seasonal Spritz Bar, open from 3 p.m. to midnight. 848 Washington Street (between Little West 12th and West 13th Streets), Meatpacking District

Ace Hotel

Spots fill up quickly at this unique sprawl, marked by mosaic tile floors, stained-glass ceilings, and light fixtures made from repurposed Hubble telescope lenses. Host a gathering (ahem, meeting!) at the 18-foot-long slate laboratory table, or park yourself in one of the cozy club chairs or custom ’60s-inspired sectionals. Jump-start your day with Stumptown Coffee and a broccoli rabe frittata or a freshly baked pastry from the Lobby Bar, where you can also order a tofu salad (or lamb bacon burger for those pro-calorie peeps among us) from the hotel restaurant’s kitchen. Got the munchies? Lighter offerings on the all-day menu include charcuterie, spiced almonds, and cheese boards. 20 West 29th Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), NoMad

Studies show that charcuterie and cheese boards improve productivity by 50 percent.


This Dutch hotel chain, which has two artsy outposts in New York (one in Times Square and another soon to open on Bowery), designed its lobbies to resemble oversize living rooms, with 26-foot-high ceilings, modern furnishings, and walls of bookshelves. The vibrant spaces—which showcase impressive collections of contemporary art—boast workstations replete with Mac desktops and ergonomic office chairs. (The Bowery locale also has a printer you can use for free.) Open 24-7, the brand’s signature CanteenM offers everything from scrambled eggs to sushi and light snacks, all made from carefully curated local products. 218 West 50th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Times Square; 189 Bowery (between Rivington and Delancey Streets), Lower East Side

Paper Factory Hotel

The retro lobby of this Queens hotel—housed in a former industrial warehouse right off Northern Boulevard—is sun-filled and playful, with a London phone booth, a Vespa, and a giant chess set among its quirky decor. Leather sofas, wood-plank ceilings, and exposed brick walls contribute to its cool, laid-back vibe. The café serves artisan coffee from Forty Five Roasters from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cocktails after 5 p.m. Need a break? Head to the game room for a round of shuffleboard. Need a tan? Step out into the backyard and snack on Mediterranean specialties like shawarma, shakshuka, and tzatziki from the hotel’s food truck. 37-06 36th Street, Long Island City

Write some rockin’ articles curled up on this orange couch/ Photo courtesy of Paper Factory

The Ludlow

Wood-beamed ceilings, parged brick walls, and Brutalist light fixtures abound in this Lower East Side institution’s homey lobby, and leather couches, shearling sofas, and upholstered stools and chairs provide ample seating around a limestone hearth. In the corner of the lounge, there’s a posh zinc-topped bar that serves drinks and small bites from the hotel’s restaurant, Dirty French. If the weather’s nice, take your cocktail into the luxuriant garden, open all year long. 180 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets), Lower East Side

Boro Hotel

This stylish Long Island City hotel has a minimalist lobby lounge featuring a library stocked with Strand Bookstore books and a newsstand of select publications. Open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., the lobby café offers everything from avocado toast to three types of sandwiches and six kinds of dessert (the orange olive oil cake with vanilla gelato pairs well with procrastination). On weekdays, enjoy happy hour at the lobby bar from 4 to 7 p.m. Once you’ve made your deadline, of course. 38-28 27th Street, Long Island City

A clean, well-lit place. / Photo courtesy of Boro Hotel Lobby

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