The Hybrid Hospitality Podcast
E12: James Grasso on the biggest opportunities - and challenges - facing the coliving sector

E12: James Grasso on the biggest opportunities - and challenges - facing the coliving sector

May 26, 2022

In this episode, I catch up with James Grasso, Head of Real Estate at Cohabs - a Brussel-based coliving company with global ambitions.

Last year, Cohabs raised 58 million in Series-B funding - James is leading the company’s US expansion, starting in the Big Apple.  

In this episode, we discuss the advantages of owning buildings versus master-lease agreements, look at the lessons James learned from his time at Quarters, and consider the biggest opportunities - and challenges - facing coliving operators in the next 5 years. 

E11: POHA House on why private companies are the future of community building

E11: POHA House on why private companies are the future of community building

March 10, 2022

In this episode, we speak to Yianni Tsitouras and Lea Hermanns, co-founders of POHA House.

POHA Houses are cospaces designed to cater to those leading flexible lifestyles. With cosy furnished flats, professional coworking offices and shared social spaces, POHA members can live, work and socialise all under one roof. 

Their first site in the German city of Munster is set to open its doors in April.

In this episode, we find out why coliving is such an attractive asset class, how the hospitality and coliving sectors are increasingly merging and why private companies might just be the future of community building. 

To find out more about POHA House, visit www.pohahouse.com
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net

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E10: Vikram Bharati on merging hospitality & education to create 1 million entrepreneurs by 2030

E10: Vikram Bharati on merging hospitality & education to create 1 million entrepreneurs by 2030

January 17, 2022

In this episode, we speak to Vikram Bharati, founder of Draper Start Up House, a global network of hostels and coworking spaces focused on enabling, empowering and inspiring entrepreneurs.

The brand currently operate 15 sites around the world - from Austin in Texas to Singapore, all of which provide the perfect environment for startups to thrive. Along with a place to stay, they also provide their community with access to venture capital and entrepreneurial education.

In this episode, we hear about their mission to create 1 million businesses by 2030, how the pandemic has turned their business model on its head and why entrepreneurship is a powerful force for social change.

To find out more about Draper Start Up House, visit https://draperstartuphouse.com/
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net

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E9: Charlie MacGregor on the resilience of the hybrid model & managing a community

E9: Charlie MacGregor on the resilience of the hybrid model & managing a community

November 24, 2021

In this episode, we speak to Charlie MacGregor - CEO and Founder of The Student Hotel. 

Founded in 2006, The Student Hotel is a trailblazer in the hybrid hospitality space. They currently operate in 13 cities across Europe, with a number of new sites on the horizon. 

Their properties are dynamic hubs, bringing together student accommodation, hotel rooms with extended stay options, co-working spaces, meeting and event spaces and F&B. 

In this episode, we hear about the resilience of the hybrid model, how guests needs have changed during the pandemic and why brands need to go beyond the buzzword when it comes to community. 

To find out more about The Student Hotel, visit www.thestudenthotel.com 
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E8: Andrew Landsburgh on pivoting to coliving & the business benefits of pod beds

E8: Andrew Landsburgh on pivoting to coliving & the business benefits of pod beds

October 28, 2021

In this episode, we speak to Andrew Landsburgh - founder and Director of CODE.

CODE is a hybrid hospitality brand who create multi-purpose spaces for people to stay, work, eat, drink and socialise - all under one roof.

They currently operate two sites in Edinburgh - luxury hostel The CoURT, and the city’s first co-living space The LoFt.

In this episode, we hear about the business benefits of pod beds, how Code pivoted at a crucial time in the pandemic and why empowering your team has a real impact on the guest experience.

To find out more about CODE, visit https://www.codehostels.com/.

To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E7: Kim Whitaker on the power of leaning into uncertainty and how travel can change people’s perspectives

E7: Kim Whitaker on the power of leaning into uncertainty and how travel can change people’s perspectives

May 18, 2021

In this episode, we speak to Kim Whitaker, founder of Once, a leading South African travel and lifestyle brand whose hybrid hotel in Cape Town blends the best parts of a boutique hotel and backpackers hostel. 

When the pandemic hit, Kim sprung into action and launched Ubuntu Beds, an initiative which opened up hostels, hotels and guesthouses to healthcare workers in need of safe harbour. 

Since 2018, Kim has also run Khwela Womxn, a non-profit organisation which provides young women with personal development tools and access to mentors. 

In this episode, we talk about the power of leaning into uncertainty, the role travel can play in changing people's perspectives and how the youth travel sector is evolving to meet the news of today's travellers. 

To find out more about Once, visit https://www.once.travel/.
To find out more about Ubuntu Beds, visit https://www.ubuntubeds.org/
To find out more about Kwela Womxn, visit https://khwela.org.za/

To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E6: Eric Jafari on creativity, connection and the reinvention of the hotel space

E6: Eric Jafari on creativity, connection and the reinvention of the hotel space

April 9, 2021

In this episode, we speak to Eric Jafari, Chief Development Officer and Creative Director at edyn.

Eric heads up edyn’s pan-European real estate development platform and leads on the broad creative direction of its brands. He was one of the original co-founders of Locke, an innovative brand that blends the traditional apart-hotel format with the design, F&B and programming of a boutique hotel.

In this episode, we talk about Locke’s rapid expansion plans, learn how edyn have created a behind the scenes culture that encourages innovation and hear what Eric believes are the biggest opportunities for hotels in a post-COVID world.

To find out more about edyn, visit https://www.findingedyn.com/ 
To find out more about Locke, visit https://www.lockeliving.com/en 
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E5: Damon Lawrence on creating a new kind of hospitality

E5: Damon Lawrence on creating a new kind of hospitality

March 17, 2021

In this episode, Rosie chats to Damon Lawrence, the co-founder and Creative Director of Homage Hospitality, a new kind of hospitality company that is making waves in the industry. 

Headquartered in Oakland, California, the brand has exciting plans in the pipeline for sites across the US that will pay homage to black culture. 

In this episode, we learn about the vision behind the company, discuss the inequities that exist around accessing capital and hear about Damon's inspiring journey from working the front desk to owning the building.

To find out more about Homage Hospitality, visit https://www.anewkindofhospitality.com/

To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E4: Jonathan Schiff on curating communities and why coliving is an attractive prospect for investors

E4: Jonathan Schiff on curating communities and why coliving is an attractive prospect for investors

March 11, 2021

In this episode, Rosie chats to Jonathan Schiff - the founder of gnômadic, a luxury coliving company in Singapore. 

With hospitality, community and sustainability at its core, gnômadic focus on providing beautifully designed homes in Singapore’s most sought after neighbourhoods. 

Central to the gnômadic experience is an ever-evolving lifestyle programme which features thought-provoking events and activities designed to connect and inspire their residents. 

In this episode, we hear how gnômadic curate their communities, why giving back is central to the brand and what makes coliving an attractive prospect for investors.

To find out more about gnômadic, visit https://www.gnomadic.world/homes
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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E3: Mark Fenelon on the importance of giving back and the future of hostels

E3: Mark Fenelon on the importance of giving back and the future of hostels

February 22, 2021

In this episode, Rosie chats to Mark Fenelon, CEO of Clink Hostels. Clink manages a network of privately-owned backpacker hostels located in some of Europe's best loved cities.

Clink currently operate two hostels in London and three in Amsterdam, including the recently acquired Ecomama and Cocomama boutique concept hostels. The group also has two new hostels under construction in Dublin and Lisbon. 

In this episode, we find out about their 'Shut up and Listen' campaign, learn how Clink facilitate connection between guests at their sites and discover what Mark thinks the typical hostel will look like five years from now.

To find out more about Clink Hostels, visit www.clinkhostels.com
To find out more about Stay the Night, visit www.staythenight.net 

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