Lisa Lindwall, VD, och Bruno Neeser, koordinator, berättar hur Hotel With Urban Deli blev till, modulerna som skeppades till Sverige och installerades helt under mark. Ett unikt koncept, i tajt och framgångsrikt samarbete med Urban Deli, har lett till hög beläggning från öppning och högre priser än planerat. Lisa berättar hur man har skapat en ny mötesplats med enligt egen utsago stans bästa internet, hur man får gäster att boka genom den egna hemsidan och vilken stor roll hotellreviews spelar. Hennes råd till andra är: Våga tänka annorlunda, det fungerar!
På Haymarket by Scandic träffar vi Martin Creydt. Ett tungt namn i hotellbranschen. Hur blir ett hotell till egentligen? Vilka drivkrafter är med i spelet?
Med en erfarenhet som få, har han historier att berätta. Som till exempel att dagen innan Haymarket by Scandic officiella öppning och stora party, så gick det en stor läcka i entréhallens tak. Hela hotellet hjälptes åt att laga den – det är team building i skarpt läge!
Martin började sin hotellkarriär vid Grand Hôtel i Saltsjöbaden redan under tonåren. Sedan dess har det gått spikrakt uppåt:
Hotelldirektör Reisen, VD First Hotels, VD Choice Hotels Sweden, Nordenchef Rezidor Hotel Group, en rad ledande befattningar vid Scandic och efter årsskiftet 2017, ansvarig för hotellfastighetsbolaget Pandox internationella portfölj.
Botell Volta is a special project in renovating old businesses and furnishing them with new functions. It currently renovating the disused HQ building of one of Sweden’s oldest industrial companies, which will soon become a new concept in hotel living where guests can buy (and personalise) their room, turning it, well, into their home.
According to Olle Larsson, Botell Volta is more about telling stories and creating that special feeling for guests as they stay or permanently live in an old place. This is achieved through careful and thoughtful renovation of old properties – castles, churches, pubs – before they become the company’s signature homely hotels.
Guests are welcome to buy a room (or several) as an investment property that can be rented out while they are not using it. This type of investment is tax free and it is easy to borrow money against such a purchase in Sweden. Given the tightening of rules on Airbnb-type rentals in Europe, this sounds like a good solution, especially as Botell Volta guarantees a certain level of income to its guests.
Whether you are a potential investor or just a curious hotel aficionado, get in touch with Botell Volta via botellvolta.se, and they will put you up on a room for a test stay.
And, last but not least, all hotel functions (keys, communication with staff and check-ins) are handled via an especially designed Botell Volta app.
This fusion of old and new produces brilliant results, and we’ll be following the stories of Botell Volta with interest.
For the first time The Hotel Podcast is leaving Europe and heading over to Africa, repeating the journey of Ida and Filip Andersson, a Swedish husband and wife duo who made their new home – and opened a boutique hotel – on Kenya’s south coast.
Their story began with a Christmas trip to this part of Kenya. The enterprising couple, who were living in New York at the time, saw a gap in the market for small, boutique hotels. In 2005, they moved to the area for a year to try it out, and, well, they have not looked back.
With 70 staff, a 15-room beach hotel on 16 acres of land and a 300-meter beachfront to look after (not counting three children, dogs and horses), they are now experienced hoteliers, and Kinondo Kwetu has won many awards, including the 2015 World Travel Award as Kenya’s leading resort.
They spoke to @TheHotelPodcast about the challenges of being Swedish in Kenya and starting a hotel business with zero experience in a new culture, raising their children in Kenya, training their Kenyan staff, many of whom come from villages with no electricity or running water, the charitable foundation that pays for a local HIV clinic and their plans to become more eco-friendly and start an organic garden.
Whether you are in the hotel business or not, the story of how Zoku was created is truly inspiring: persistence, vision and close cooperation with the end user is innovative in it self.
It is still rare that companies invite customers, in this case future guests, into such a tight collaboration and over 300 names are on the Zoku website crediting those who contributed.
Hans Meyes say he created Zoku for people with no boundaries between work and leisure, where traveling professionals work and communicate together.
Zoku has been recognized for their groundbreaking concept and won several prestigious awards, among them Radical Innovation Award, Best Innovation & Radical Award and yesterday it was announced that Zoku won in two categories at this years European Hotel Design Awards 2016. Congratulations! Now listen to the podcast and hear Hans share this experience creating Zoku. Photo credit: @radicalinnovationaward
In Amsterdam I met with Hans Meyer, co-founder of Zoku and Johannes Menge, part of the global roll out team.
We talk about how Zoku caters for the needs of the global nomad and claims to be a new category in the hotel business: a hybrid of home, office and hotel services combined with the social buzz of a neighborhood.
It took several years and a tribe (Zoku means tribe in japanese) of 150 individuals and companies of the target audience, to develop the innovative room layout.
Several prototype rooms were built and 60-120 changes were made at each stage. They even used mobile EEG equipment to measure guests’ anxiety and excitement in the brain to evaluate the final room layout, design and usability.
Zoku has won many awards and has been said to be “The end of the hotel room as we know it”. Listen to Hans Meyer and Johannes Menge about the creation and the future of Zoku. Enjoy!
Pauline describes herself tongue in cheek as “an energetic, beer loving, work out enthusiast”. With her accomplishments in mind we would add “work enthusiast” to that.
Possessing a tremendous work ethic, she began her hospitality career at 15 years of age – because Scandic would not employ her younger.
In the podcast she is sharing how she fit in a 50% job with her regular school schedule and later moved closer to her work to optimize her days.
She also says that the responsibility she has been given was always a driving force – something she applies in her role as a manager today.
I det tredje avsnittet av The Hotel Podcast möter vi Pauline Ljungberg som trots sina unga år har hunnit med att i grunden ändra Scandic Malmen genom sin roll som Entertainment Manager, leda på banbrytande HTL/Scandic No.53 som Team Leader och nu bossar hon över den förmodligen mest välbesökta hotellhobbyn i Stockholm – som Marketing Manager på Scandic Anglais.
Hon har öven erfarenhet från PS Communication samt Stureplansgruppen och blev dessutom nominerad till Årets unga branschstjärna 2015. Välkommen att lyssna!
“We are building a destination for people who want to experience more and be moved, a place for people who won’t settle for just “good enough”. We are building a hotel for people who yearn for the spectacular.” ⚡️Hearing Kai talking about the @steamhotel this way we eagerly await the opening next August! While we wait, listen to Kai how he works with his team to go above and beyond! ?
I det andra avsnittet av The Hotel Podcast träffar vi Kai Pasma, VD och delägare på The Steam Hotel som byggs i ett 100 år gammalt ångkraftverk i Västerås. Kai har en lång rad VD och säljchefsjobb bakom sig, på bla Clarion Sign, Aronsborgs Konferenshotell och Nordic Hotels and Resorts. Följ den spännande utvecklingen av the Steam Hotel på deras hemsida thesteamhotel.se och på instagram.com/steamhotel