New York City’s Finest Workspaces With Free WiFi? Hotel Lobbies.


Freelancers in New York know how hard it is to find a free workspace that doesn’t suck. Coffee shops are either too crowded or too loud. You also can’t sit there all day with just one cup of coffee.But here comes the saving grace: hotel lobbies.Most of

The Only Social

’s team works remotely in New York City, and we usually work together on Thursdays. After months of exploring different cafes and coworking spaces, our team discovered the best hidden gems: trendy hotels in Manhattan. These hotels have some of the coolest public space for guests and locals to hang out, meet up with clients, and work for a few hours. They often come with a coffee bar with food selections, free WiFi, and power outlets.

Really, what more can you ask for?

Check out our favorite hotels in New York City in the list below, and shhh, don’t tell anyone.

PUBLIC Hotel (Lower East Side)

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Walk past the garden entrance of PUBLIC Hotel, and through the revolving doors, you’ll be welcomed by the iconic neon-lit escalators. Here you’ll have two options: 1) take a ride up these beautiful escalators to the stylish Lobby Bar and snag a cushy couch, or 2) stay on the ground floor and order coffee and bites from Louis.

Louis, the cafe on the ground floor, serves La Colombe coffee and a Jean-Georges food menu. You can enjoy a cup of coffee and some great snacks while working out of the wooden communal tables.  

Amenities Checklist: Public WiFi, Complimentary Water, Power Outlets, Coffee & Food Menu

Arlo Nomad (Midtown)

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As you walk into Arlo Nomad’s fragrant lobby, you can find a coworking space and BARlo on the second floor. During the daytime, the studio workspaces invite ample sunlight to brighten up the sleek communal area.

Sidenote: the staff at Arlo are very friendly and don’t require you to purchase anything to use the space or WiFi.

Amenities Checklist: Public WiFi, Power Outlets, Coffee & Food

Hotel Indigo (Lower East Side)

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14 stories up in the sky is where you’ll find Hotel Indigo’s lobby with a sweeping view of Manhattan. Exiting the elevators, you'll see 

a Lee Quinones’ custom mural on the ceiling paying tribute to the Lower East Side. The couches and lounge chairs are equipped with built-in outlets, while there are also tables and bar stools to work from.

If you need a happy hour fix, the lobby is also just one floor below

Mr. Purple

, a modern rooftop bar with a swimming pool and a 360 degree view.

Amenities Checklist: WiFi (IHG Rewards Club Member or access code from receptionist), Coffee & All-day Breakfast Menu, Power Outlets.

CitizenM New York Bowery Hotel (Lower East Side)

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Opened in September 2018, the CitizenM’s new location on Bowery offers a contemporary, art-filled interior with natural sunlight beaming into the cafe.

After entering the revolving doors, take the spiral staircase downstairs to the Living Room,

CitizenM’s anti-lobby lobby

. The space is decorated with living room style furniture from Vitra, a Swiss design company. Best part? The tiered staircase seating with arm desks (perhaps the most Instagrammable spot).

If you need a break from work, feel free to flip through some gorgeous books in the curated bookshop, MENDO.

Amenities Checklist: Public WiFi, Power Outlets, Coffee & Food

The NoMad Hotel (Midtown)

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Enter the luxurious NoMad Hotel and you’ll feel like you’re in Paris. The beautiful NoMad Hotel restaurant leads into the bar and the two-level library where you can find tranquility to read and work.

The menu’s first page is a map of where you can find the different genres of books in the library, followed by the cocktails list, small bites, and coffee. Nomad Hotel serves coffee from Devocion but note that a cappuccino here costs a whopping $7.

Keep in mind the library becomes accessible only to hotel guests after 4 pm. Aside from the exclusivity after 4pm, it's an intimate space to host a small client meeting.

If you feel like treating yourself after a day's work, celebrate with a cocktail at the Elephant Bar,

ranked #4 best bar in the world


Amenities Checklist: WiFi (need access code), Coffee & Food, No Outlets.