Accor has launched an offer to cater to the flexible workers of the pandemic era.

Commute and Stay is designed for workers who have moved out of the city but might commute to the office two or three days per week.

The scheme allows travellers to set up a base in a city hotel, with up to 15 per cent off and a flexible cancellation rate as part of the group’s ‘book with confidence’ offer. The discount varies depending on the day and hotel selected. Members of ALL can also benefit from a further 10 per cent discount on stays.

Accor also says that this allows for a venue for evening entertainment with clients, colleagues or friends.

The pandemic has led to a rise in flexible working lifestyles – a hybrid of remote working and office working – which is set to shape the future of workplaces, with many companies closing permanent officers and implementing long-term flexible working policies.

Karelle Lamouche, Chief Commercial Officer, Accor Northern Europe, commented:

“The last year has shown employees and employers what can be achieved at home. Across the UK and around the world the idea of WFH has taken hold. However even at the peak of the pandemic in 2020 our research showed us that WFH was not entirely what workers expected and people missed the social interaction offered by work. The work community and the social life that follows a working day can’t be replaced at home.

“Work From Anywhere (WFA) grew as a concept in the second half of 2020 with the rise of workations, Hotel Office and co-working. But all eyes have been on this summer as businesses around the country decide the future of work. Now it’s here, it is clear a hybrid model of office work and WFA is here to stay. The Commute and Stay offer enables workers to capitalize on this hybrid future of work and live anywhere just as they work from anywhere.”

During the pandemic, hotel groups launched “work from hotel” schemes in the UK and further afield to cater for the new lifestyle. Accor, for instance, has a ‘Hotel Office’ scheme which offers customers private rooms with in-room amenities and access to on-site bars, restaurants and wellbeing rooms. See our round-up of the programmes available:

Smart Traveller: Our guide to working from hotels