Coworking spaces and serviced offices in Jakarta provide a good, lower cost alternative for organizing meetings in Central Jakarta. With the rapid growth of coworking spaces in Jakarta, it is easy to find a coworking space to hold your meetings at wherever you are in Jakarta. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s go through the pros and cons of holding meetings in coworking spaces vs hotels.
Cheaper Alternative to Hotels
Coworking spaces in Jakarta typically charge an hourly rate for meeting room rentals, while hotels typically charge per meeting attendee. When holding your meetings at coworking spaces, your meeting room spending will not increase when you increase the number of meeting room attendees. For instance, the layout of meeting rooms at Avenue8 can be rearranged (boardroom, seminar, classroom) to potentially host more attendees at no extra charge! This will usually result in an overall lower meeting room spending.
Premium Locations and Facilities
A common misconception about coworking spaces in Jakarta is that they only cater to small businesses and startups, thus are not located in prime areas. However, this is not true at all; A lot of well established companies are opting to move to coworking spaces due to the multitude of conveniences provided by coworking space. As such, coworking spaces have also moved to class A office buildings in class A locations that are located in the same vicinity as the most prestigious hotels in Jakarta. Holding meetings at coworking spaces in Jakarta can be as prestigious and luxurious as holding meetings in hotels! Since most coworking spaces in Jakarta are relatively new, they typically provide new and cutting edge meeting facilities.
Coworking spaces are usually offers more flexibility on things such as rental hours, food options, and layout. For instance, in terms of rental hours, most coworking spaces allow clients to simply add more hours at the end should the meeting runs overtime; on the other hand, since meeting room plans at hotels are typically packaged into 3, 5, or 8-hour blocks, (if allowed at all) a hefty overtime fee would be charged to clients. In terms of food and beverage options, coworking spaces and serviced offices in Jakarta typically would allow meeting room clients to provide their own consumption. Hotels, on the other hand, would usually require clients to cater their meeting consumption from the hotel’s restaurant.
Access to Business Center Facilities and Networking Opportunities
Some coworking spaces would also offer free coworking passes to meeting room clients to use before or after their meetings. For instance, here at Avenue8, our meeting room clients would often take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the coworking experience and meet network with our members. As an added bonus, Avenue8 Concierge is also offered to all of our meeting room clients! So it does not matter if you are only at Avenue8 for a 1-hour, you would still be able to enjoy the full Avenue8 experience!
Might Not Be Able to Accommodate Large Events
Since most coworking spaces and serviced office in Jakarta are located in office buildings where space is somewhat limited and have members who are at work during business hours, meeting rooms and event spaces in coworking spaces might not be able to accommodate large events such as press conferences, exhibitions, conferences, and trade shows. Due to this space restrictions, meeting rooms in coworking spaces and serviced offices in Jakarta are more suitable for smaller scale business meetings, training, classes and community gatherings.
Might Not Be Appropriate for High Profile Clients
Certain high profile clients might need a higher degree of privacy and discretion for their meetings. With members working during business hours, coworking spaces and serviced offices in Jakarta might not be able to provide this higher degree of privacy and discretion needed. Hotels, on the other hand, usually would have more staff and personnel to handle such events.