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Bossa In Rio Hostel – photos

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

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Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Cute and clean hostel in the most charming part of Rio!

Stayokay and Swiss Youth Hostels expand property folio on HostelBookers

Prominent Dutch hostel chain Stayokay have followed suit with the Swiss Youth Hostels and added the majority of their property folio to HostelBookers.com

While both chains have worked with HostelBookers to some capacity, it was generally the more prominent cities and properties that the chains were advertising with the OTA.

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Both chains are working with the channel manager GrowingStones, who have assisted in overseeing the combined addition of roughly 50 properties in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Andrea Hafner, Application Support for SYH,  says, “For Swiss Youth Hostels, HostelBookers is a great additional way to promote our offer to all the corners of the world. I’m excited to see what it can do for our latest project in Saas-Fee, where we will – for the first time – include a spa in one of our hostels.”

Anke Rijntjes, Manager of Revenue & Channels for Stayokay, says ‘Stayokay is proud to be active on HostelBookers thanks to our channel manager Growing Stones. Stayokay is a hostel chain with 27 hostels in the Netherlands situated in the most beautiful places’.

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HostelBookers has officially integrated with twenty channel managers to its API, allowing many properties to enjoy an additional revenue stream and new online exposure with the OTA through the easy integration of their preferred software provider.

Equity Point London – photos

In the heart of London - Paddington

In the heart of London – Paddington

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GENERATOR confirm ROME hostel to open in 2014

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The Generator accommodation brand continues to flourish with the new announcement of a Rome opening in 2014! Over 80 rooms (beds tbc) on seven floors, right in the heart of the Esquilino area – a stone’s throw from Vittorio Emanuele and a quick and easy walk to the wondrous Colosseum.

Josh Wyatt, Director of Hospitality and Leisure at Patron Capital (the London-based private-equity firm that owns Generator), stated ‘The unique history of Rome, coupled with the local character in the immediate neighbourhood of the new Generator, will inspire our design and restaurant ethos to deliver a truly special new concept to Rome.’

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Earlier in the year, Generator announced that they had purchased a building in Paris to renovate and open as a 1,000 bed hostel / hotel in 2014. That property is close to Gare du Nord Station, just as this new Rome property is within walking distance to Termini Station. Location is key, as are targeting up and coming areas in the midst of a mini-renaissance. Additional business and employment opportunities to the local areas are widely embraced as Generator brings its unique style to their streets.

This will bring its European total offering to ten properties, making it a truly recognisable, award winning and dominant chain in the niche hostel sector and wider travel industry. Taking the Generator brand into the US market now seems imminent!

Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt – photos

Frankfurt's finest hostel - clean, safe and fun

Frankfurt’s finest hostel – clean, safe and fun

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HostelBookers Summer Sale EXTENDED!

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HostelBookers Summer Sale has been extended for another month! The campaign has been a huge success so far – the biggest that HostelBookers has ever done, with almost 750 properties on sale in 300 destinations! Currently, over 12,000 unique sale bookings have been generated to happy customers!

The HostelBookers Product Team is hard at it, securing more properties with discounts daily. The destinations with the most discounted property stays on offer are:

Budapest, Barcelona, London, Rome, Krakow, Prague, Athens, Florence, Marrakech, Bangkok, Hanoi, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Mendoza, Singapore, Vienna.

Notable properties that are participating and selling discounted beds daily include:

Generator Barcelona, St Christopher’s Paris (Gare du Nord), Wake Up Sydney, Danhostel Copenhagen City, Vienna City Hostel, Generator Berlin Mitte, Chillout Hostel Zagreb and FIT Hotel New York.

The extended sale (booking period) will now run until the end of August, with a travel period up until the end of September! With so many quality destinations and properties on offer, it’s easy to grab a bargain break with HostelBookers.com