Top Co-working Company
Whether you need a permanent co-working office or a short-term spot to get catch up on email or conduct a meeting, there’s no shortage of options in and around Washington, D.C. From big names such as WeWork to smaller, independent options, you’ll find co-working spaces in most of the major neighborhoods in the District proper. There are also several great spaces in nearby regions that tend to attract contractors, such as the Courthouse area in Arlington, and Crystal City, which isn’t far from The Pentagon and very close to Reagan National Airport. Many co-working spaces in D.C. require a membership, which isn’t ideal if you simply need a clean and quiet office room for an hour or a day while traveling. Renting a conference room in a hotel is the standard option, but it’s not always the most convenient or economic solution. Breather may be a better bet. Breather is a service (and app) that offers business rooms on demand in eight cities in North America, plus London in the U.K. You find a room in the app, reserve the space, and check-in with your phone. Upon check-in, the app gives you the keycode to open the door, and a reminder pops up on your phone when it’s time to checkout. It’s simple and convenient, and in my experience, the spaces are professional, clean, and quiet
WeWork has locations all over the D.C. area, but the location near the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station steals hearts for its outstanding interior design. The name comes from the space’s previous life as a bread factory.
Smack dab between Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro Stations, this Breather space has a superbly convenient location, as well as a low cost for individual use or small group meetings. The boardroom table can comfortably seat six people, and the space can accommodate larger groups by adding an adjacent workroom with break-out nooks to your reservation.
Not just a co-working space, The Hive 2.0 encourages entrepreneurship. It’s a great option for people who need a long-term space rather than a casual drop-in, and offers a wealth of on-site services for professionals, including creative types.
The coffee shops are either too noisy or don’t offer Wi-Fi, and office space is crowded out by retail, but at least there’s Carr Workplaces. Located right on the historic C&O Canal, it’s a particularly good co-working office if you need a space with impressive views.