Marriott 18 months ago started Workspace on Demand (, a program that enables quick and easy booking of space by the hour or day for work and meetings. Marriott works with San Francisco's LiquidSpace, which already had an online marketplace for short-term workspaces. LiquidSpace, in business four years, has more than 4,000 workspaces at 1,500 venues in the U.S., Canada and Australia that users can book as quickly as making a restaurant reservation online. They range from hip co-working spaces to formal business centers to extra space at banks, law firms, libraries and cash-strapped startups. "Marriott is transforming its brand from not just a place to sleep but to work," said Mark Gilbreath, LiquidSpace founder and CEO. "It's creating a really bespoke experience." Get the full story at the SFGate