One of the most enticing reasons to work for yourself is the chance to swap cubicle life for sending emails from the comfort of your bed. Possibly in your pajamas. This is “living your best life” stuff—until you have to meet with a VIP client/collaborator/whomever. It goes without saying that inviting them into your bedroom is a truly horrible idea. In the past, hotel lobbies were the top meeting place for freelancers everywhere. Open to the public, probably with free WiFi—what’s the downside? The fact that they don’t have anywhere near the “I’ve got my sh*t together” vibe of a legit conference room is a big one. Of course, renting an office isn’t feasible financially for most freelancers. But renting a meeting room for an hour for $58? Doable. And, for people living in London, New York, and Tel Aviv, very possible.
Startup Meet in Place opened its first meeting-room complex in Tel Aviv back in 2016, and late last year expanded to locations in London and New York, with two more Manhattan spots opening this January. A tour of the first New York location, in the Financial District, revealed that the four different types of rooms—a classic conference room with your typical oval table and chairs, a larger version of the same, and two sizes of “salons” furnished with more casual sofas and chairs—are far and away more enjoyable to be in than a meeting space in a typical corporate office.
There are no drab, grayscale finishes or harsh fluorescent lights to be seen, but rather giant windows, real plants, ergonomic chairs by Humanscale, curvy sofas by Design Within Reach, and the cutest circular coffee carts. Float Studio designed the interiors, crediting natural textures and Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture as major sources of inspiration. There’s a definite “I’ve got my sh*t together” vibe.
The rooms, of which there are 15 to 20 per complex, can be booked on an hourly basis up to 30 minutes in advance through the company’s app (or by website or phone if you wish), and as we mentioned, the rate starts at $58 (for the smaller salon space). There’s also an on-site team available to help when you inevitably can’t figure out how to use some piece of tech (each room comes with a TV screen, projector, phone, and USB).
“The best way to describe Meet in Place is ‘Boutique hotels for meeting rooms,’” says Yaron Kopel, the CEO and founder, in a press release. “Big companies, freelancers, and traveling businessmen all use our various specially designed meeting spaces, from our warm inviting living rooms to classic conference rooms and grand conference rooms for up to 30 people.”
OK, so Meet in Place is not your bed, but we’re going to guess impressing the hell out of your clients is worth changing out of your PJs.