If you are a seasoned business traveler, there are many advantages of a Business Center in Hotel lobbies. How many times have you checked in, gotten to your room and realized that your wireless card won’t pick up a signal? This is mostly because the construction of newer hotels are such that the steel used to build the property blocks the signal. This is really frustrating, especially when you need to check emails or check into some information about an account.
As rough as having to fly to your destination, and with additional charges for extra baggage, bringing your portable printer may not be logical or cost effective. So, after you close your big sale and need to fax the order in for processing, you are now forced to wait until you get home. Or are you?
Over the past five or so years, almost every hotel has added a business center in the lobby. You will usually find several computers, a fax machine, a copy machine and obviously, Internet access. Fortunately, the cost of using these facilities is still inexpensive, but they are as functional as being in your office, or your home office.
Early on, many were poorly equipped and often getting online was next to impossible. Now, everything is right at your beck and call. Even if you can access the Internet remotely, with your laptop, the additional office equipment is very handy and there is rarely any wait.
They are also very easy to use. All that is necessary is the cash to put into a machine and out pops a debit card for the center. As you use your time, a clock will show how much time you have left, so you can’t get overcharged for additional time. And it’s likely that you will not waste time. They are truly designed to get you to work and finish as quickly as possible. When traveling, you may wrap up your day in a much shorter time than if you were stuck in your office or sitting at your desk at home.
Some of the more upscale hotels will have the newest technology available. It allows you to try some software or printer that you may not have access to anywhere else. There have been many travelers who have requested where they can buy some of the stuff that is loaded on the computers, that in some cases, has not hit the market yet. Some software companies donate these products to get a feel of how people will respond to them, before they are sold at retail. In fact, you may be asked to review some new products before you leave the hotel. The usual reward is a prepaid card to use on your next trip.
It is all about convenience. With the breadth of available help in these centers, unless you use your laptop while in the field, you may be able to travel a bit lighter and still be totally functional. The more you use a business center in hotel lobbies, the more you will like them.
When you or whoever makes your hotel reservations calls, the person taking the reservation should always be asked if there is a business center on premise. They can make your day a lot easier and the work that you would be stuck doing when you get home will get done sooner and in some cases better!