The stunning, old-school cruise ship – the MS Birger Jarl – has been transformed into a deluxe floating hostel and now operates under the name ‘Anedin Hostel’.
The floating hostel is docked next to the Royal Palace in Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) and offers extremely central Stockholm accommodation at budget prices. A stay at Anedin Hostel will give you the chance to stay in a culturally preserved ship, steeped in history with a very charming atmosphere. You may even spot the royal family while lounging on the decks!
The ship operated as a crusie service for more than 60 years, but has sailed its last voyage and will now remain as a floating hostel, catering to the youth and budget savvy accommodation markets. The owners have managed to preserve the original wooden interiors and the ship has even been awarded the Swedish ‘K mark’, listing it as culturally important in 2010.
There are 156 private rooms / cabins with either shared or private bathroom facilities, all featuring traditional maritime design. There are six decks in total, with the upper deck of the ship showcasing a stunning open lounge area where you can soak up the views of the Old Town and surrounding islands.
Stockholm’s newest hostel is certainly one of it’s biggest and definetly its most unique! A welcome permenant addition to Stockholm’s skyline, sure to be a huge hit with tourists seeking a great value stay in a Nordic capital gem.
On the 15th of June 2013 the Amstel House Hostel Berlin celebrated 100 years of its Art Nouveau Building. A beautiful hostel with lots of history, in the perfect part of town. Thinking about a stay in Berlin? Then Amstel House will welcome you with friendly, opened arms 🙂
The hostel industry’s Patron Saint of travellers, St. Christopher’s, sure have a winning formula when creating some of the coolest budget accommodation on the market – and their newest Parisian hostel is no exception!
Located in the revamped 10th Arrondissement and opposite Gare du Nord station, it is extremely accessible for international travellers maximising their time in the ‘city of lurve’. Romance is already on the cards for what is easily (as rated by HostelBooker’s customers) Paris’s best hostel!
With 600 beds, ‘St Christopher’s Gare du Nord’ is also now the biggest hostel in the whole of France! This will only be eclipsed when the Generator opens their 1,000 bed property in the Winter of 2014. However, when comparing bed volumes – as St. Christopher’s has a sister property in Paris already (just under 400 beds), they will be collectively be on par with Generator’s future offering.
The new hostel reportedly cost ‘Beds and Bars’ roughly 40 million Euro, so no expense has been spared in creating what is set to become a premier venue for travellers and locals alike! The Belushi’s bar is the largest opened so far, along with a huge basement chill-out area and a quirky, street level Parisian cafe. The venue hosts a range of different nights and is fast becoming booked for live gigs on Fridays and Saturday nights. Check out the rock stage-cage on top of the bar – talk about maximising space and rock god status!
The accommodation comprises roughly 50 private rooms, with a huge selection of various dorm rooms on offer. All dorms feature comfortable, modern sleeper-carriage pod beds with privacy curtains, power points, reading lights and lockers. In line with the modern St. Christopher’s product offering, there is also a ‘girls only’ floor, excellent facilities for groups, bangingly fast WiFi and super friendly staff.
Another feather in the cap for the party loving folk at St. Christopher’s – mixing secure, safe, fun and great value accommodation with just the right je ne sais qoui to keep us all coming back for more!
HostelBookers represents almost 25,000 properties on its site, from all corners of the globe. Quite an amazing feat, considering there has always been restrictions on signing / working with properties in Europe (a primary market) that were not VAT registered.
This has meant over the years, HostelBookers has had to turn away a lot of legitimate properties / businesses who file their taxes under their personal tax numbers. Usually this is done for owners of smaller B&B’s, pensions, hostales and apartments, where they earn under the threshold and are not required to have a business tax number.
With HostelBookers being based in the UK and governed by UK tax laws, working with non VAT registered properties in the EU may have resulted in fines / having to pay tax on all bookings generated by these types of properties.
Recently, HostelBookers took the decision to change its policy and open its books to these smaller, legitimate properties across the EU – meaning they will start to pay the necessary tax on these bookings in order to work with them. It will be a huge boost to the OTA and to the properties (particularly in Spain and Italy), who supply this budget accommodation that HostelBookers can represent and sell well.
So Spanish properties operating on their ‘NIF’ and in Italy, their ‘codice fiscale’ (personal tax numbers) are now fine to register with HostelBookers and begin to accept bookings. This is applicable to all countries in the EU with their different personal tax numbers.
The timing is particularly well placed as Croatia recently became the 28th member of the European Union. The most common types of accommodation there are smaller pensions and apartments, which means that HostelBooker’s Croatian product folio will remain in tact.
Also, with HostelBookers now offering an API for channel managers and properties to be supported through 2 way XML, it seems a property boom is imminent on the HostelBookers site. HostelBookers ongoing and constant representation at multiple industry events and conferences, strongly supports their contracting and growth strategies.
So, as HostelBookers realign their marketing and business requirements – if you are a smaller property in the EU that wishes to be represented, contact their Product Department by signing up at https://secure.hostelbookers.com/join/
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Hostel members of the Backpacker Operators Association (BOA) of New South Wales met in Sydney yesterday to review the new Hostelworld contract and were unanimous in their rejection of it. In the room were both independent Sydney hostels and the chains with hostels in Australia and New Zealand.
BTN estimates over 13,000 hostel beds were represented.
Major concerns were that the contract was unfair together with the manner in which it was being introduced, how it could be enforced and how it could be easily changed. The elephant in the room was the takeover announced by Hostelworld of its main competitor Hostelbookers and the fear being about reduction in competition. The takeover is still subject to UK regulatory approval. The meeting also recognised that the agreements of other online travel agents were also increasingly demanding and one sided and that Hostelworld was not alone in its initiative.
There was comment about each agreement pushing one step further regarding rate parity, availability parity and marketing activities. It was said this left hostels as commodities with little control of their distribution or yield management, competing on commission payable to the detriment of the customer. There was considerable discussion about enforceability of the terms of these contracts and it was suggested that technology was making this easier for the online agents.
Decisions of the meeting included a request to BOA to seek legal advice on behalf of its members for a collective response; to make contact with the Australian Hotels Association and the Accommodation Association of Australia to tap into their expertise in advising their hotel members on online travel agent agreements; to make a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission setting out the main issues.
An email from Carmel Dunne, VP of Accommodation Relations at Hostelworld was tabled. This provided the company’s response to points raised in advance. It was received with little support. Those present felt it was self serving and that the main argument was that some of our (Hostelworld’s) competitors are doing this or are going to do this so we must also. The email did disclose new information which was that Hostelworld is shortly to launch a tool which will enable hostels to opt in to paying a higher commission day by day to raise their listing on their city page. To see a copy of the letter please click here.
The meeting included the attendance of some hostels that were not members of BOA. BOA Committee members said that the organisation will gain new members who want to work co-operatively on this issue.