From rooftop gardens in Amsterdam to the Fi-Di buzz of Downtown Manhattan, there’s a vibe to suit all tech tastes. Here are six spots which are re-booting the brief for digital nomad.
From the folks who brought us the pioneering WeWork movement, finally comes their overnight upgrade, WeLive. Located right on Wall Street, the USP for the USA here, is that clients can live in fully-furnished accommodation with no long-term leases. Private studio apartments are a seriously slick Scandi-Brooklyn fusion, featuring space-wise nook beds and closets that turn into workspaces. Once logged-off, WeLive houses an arcade, a sick roof-deck and a hot tub. Plus there’s Happy Hour if that didn’t convince you.
Book it: welive.com, from $1700 per month.
The Coalition, Barcelona
“Come live, grow and travel with hustlers who get things done”. That’s the motto of Barcelona’s hottest co-living workspace, centrally stationed near the Arc de Triomf. It’s on a boutique scale: there are just four bedrooms here where global guests are interviewed via Skype. Once there, highlights include all-you-can-drink coffee plus an in-house chef who rustles up delicious brain(storm) food. You’ll also get free membership to Yugo; the neat, scooter-when-you-need-one app.
Book it: thecoalition.io, from €700 per month.
The Hive, Bangkok
Okay, you can’t live here but Asia’s largest co-working space is definitely worth the extra haul on TripAdvisor. Located in the Thong Lor district, The Hive covers four floors of zenned-out work space where entrepreneurs, freelancers and tech works from across the global mingle between projects. The community vibe also extends to activities from “Motivation Mondays” to fun quiz nights. Plus they even have an in-house spa (yes, a spa).
Book it: thehive.co.th, day passes from TH350 (that’s only €9/$10).
The Collective, London
Billed as the largest co-living space in the world (for now, that is), The Collective currently homes a community of 546 residents. Located in the trending Old Oak neighboured (a.k.a. London’s new green tech capital), the concept offers guests the sanctuary of private boutique bedrooms and the community of 10,000 square feet of shared spaces which including a gym, sports bar, movie room and a seriously cool library. There’s even an entertainment manager for when you log-off from work.
Book it: thecollective.co.uk, from £195 per week.
Named after the Japanese word for neighbourhood, Zoku is the awesome Dutch response to the global demand for co-working, co-living spaces. Clients can overnight in ridiculously cool loft studios while also availing of all common work spaces (think ping-pong tables that turn into desks). Staff are called side-kicks and can tend to your every tech whim from providing office gear to fixing your meals.
Book it: livezoku.com, from €910 per week.
Morocco’s Atlantic coast has long been a haven for bohemians with surf-boards, so it’s little wonder it’s become prime territory for digital nomads, too. The vibey fishing village of Taghazout (get there easily via Agadir) is home to SunDesk; a dreamy co-living and co-working space, which is shoring up some of the best value on the map. Bargain surf and yoga lessons await too for when you’re not working from your ergonomic, ocean-view work chair.
Do it: sun-desk.com, from €25 per night.