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Regus businessworld - Business Lounges and Remote Offices

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Regus businessworld lounge

Regus businessworld business lounge

Melanie Pinola

The Bottom Line

Regus businessworld's professional business lounges are a convenient alternative to working on the go at wi-fi hotspots like Starbucks. With over 1,000 locations to access worldwide, membership can definitely be worth it for frequent travelers, though amenities and working environment can be hit or miss depending on the location.

Pros

  • Convenient locations in major office buildings
  • Amenities like free coffee, copiers, phone
  • Helpful receptionists

Cons

  • Mediocre Internet speed and limited wired connections
  • Small room and limited working space

Description

  • 1,100 business centers in 500 cities across 85 countries worldwide
  • Gold membership, from $15/month: unlimited walk-in access to business lounges and cafes with free internet and refreshments
  • Higher membership plans give you a virtual office plus Gold memberhsip benefits

Guide Review - Regus businessworld - Business Lounges and Remote Offices

February 18, 2010 - I'm writing this in one of Regus businessworld's professional lounges in New York. The room is pretty small, with only 4 club chairs, one mobile desk, and one cable for wired Internet, but it's still more space and more of a professional environment for working than a crowded coffeeshop or bookstore. Though I'm the only one in the lounge now, Regus also rents out other spaces in this large office building, so I see suited people walking about in the halls and even hear a muffled meeting going on in the room next door. For some, the background noise and motion might be irritating, but being amongst other people while working on your own is the main reason to use a business lounge instead of your home office -- you're not as isolated and it's a good change of scenery that could make you more productive.

Access to business lounges like this are also most convenient for frequent travelers. Regus has over 1,000 business lounges in 450 cities in 75 countries around the world, including some airport lounges. Gold membership, starting at $15 per month (or free as part of a partnership offer with TripIt Pro) gives you unlimited walk-in access to these areas, with complimentary Internet and refreshments (coffee and tea).

I'm really appreciating the great coffee now, but have been having trouble with the Internet access. The wi-fi just isn't working for me (despite wireless troubleshooting on both my part and the receptionist's), so I'm using a wired connection instead. That's fine, except that the Internet speed, as tested at Speedtest.net, is only 1 Mb/s (down) -- slower than my 3G speed on T-Mobile. Since there's only one wired cable for Internet access, this situation could also get sticky if more people came to use the lounge.

Despite the wi-fi issues, visiting the Regus business lounge was a nice change of pace -- an office away from my home office where I can feel more businesslike. If you travel frequently and need reliable places to work that are more private and secure than public hotspots, you would likely find more value in the Gold membership, but keep in mind that different businessworld locations may vary in terms of working environment.

User Reviews

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Do Not Give Regus Your Business, Member Marco18

I signed a one year lease for a single office and the local staff was very good. But you need to be VERY CAREFUL with Regus. They will overcharge and mischarge in general and on a number of occasions I had to spend time dealing with monthly billing issues. But the worst was when they automatically charged a full fee for mail forwarding services at the end of my contract period ($800!!) without ever discussing it with me. This is indicative of the experience that I had with them where they add items to bill on a ""buyer beware"" basis. And then when I was leaving they stuck a ""house rules $2/square foot charge"" on for putting the office back to it's original condition. To be clear: the house rules WERE NOT provided at signing or during the course of the year. Further, the office was lightly used and was returned in essentially new condition. In addition, nothing was put on the walls during the term of the year. I walk away from this experience with a bad taste and would not recommend them. which is too bad since the local office staff was great.

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