FOR good or for ill, the start and end to a working day is increasingly blurred. Smartphones and wi-fi mean that even an airline cabin, once the last respite of the business traveller, no longer guarantees escape. But the push is not all one way. Sometimes leisure time can impinge on the business day.
The more that millennials travel for work, the more that hotels and the like must try to accommodate them. Skift, a firm that tracks travel trends, wrote in a recent report that the millennial generation is “social, fickle, design-centric and narcissistic”. Catering to them means offering more than a bed, a conference-room buffet and the first flight out of town.
The Lindenberg brand of accommodation is an example. Its 27-room Libertine Lindenberg (pictured), which opened in Frankfurt in March, includes shared leisure and kitchen spaces—including a group cooking session with a chef Thursday nights—and a jogging club. The building houses a recording studio and the offices of an advertising firm, so regular traffic is guaranteed. Some of the rooms are rented for months at a time and the result is something like a well-appointed…Continue reading