Lolo Pass opened in May 2021 after a 16-month ground up construction project on Portland's vibrant Eastside. We worked with architects, engineers and the contractor to design every inch of the building and oversee the construction of it. We currently employ a team of 25 between F&B operations, the housekeeping department and reception. The hotel/hostel hybrid features 87-rooms and hosts 282 guests who enjoy a rooftop bar, art gallery, coffee shop, full restaurant and bar. Expect unconventional comfort in a hostel that upholds a strong sense of place and fosters a dynamic culture and space.
New York City
After a year long renovation of a 15,000 square feet warehouse space, in February 2014 we opened The Local, a 150-bed boutique hostel, cafe and bar in the LIC neighborhood of Queens. The Local was founded on the principles of accessible affordability, a high standard of cleanliness and security, superb customer service and unique, contextual design. From site selection through to managing operations, we oversaw every aspect of the project including fundraising, construction management, architectural and interior design, recruiting and training a staff of 20, market and public relations, procurement and all day-to-day operations responsible for $2.5m annual revenue. The Local NY has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Best Large Hostels in the world by Hostelworld and is currently NYC's best reviewed hostel, across all booking sites.
We began our adventure into hostel territory in Barcelona, Spain. We opened our first 10 room, 27 bed property, Somnio, in 2008 in the heart of L'Eixample. With a mix of private and shared rooms in an intimate design distribution, we were able to fully connect with our guests while providing insider knowledge of our adopted home.
In 2011 we opened our second location, Duo, just a few blocks away from the original Somnio. Duo allowed us to showcase quintessential Barcelona design in the additional ten guest rooms with 29 beds. The hostels had a combined revenue of $500k and were featured in Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Le Guide du Routard guidebooks. We sold both properties in 2014 to focus on bigger projects domestically. Both properties are currently managed under different ownership.