Hostels in Columbus. Help create a critical mass.
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From the link on your website: "Hostels attract mostly college students and young adults. So donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about running into too many families or old people."
With a website called studentuniverse.com, that's not surprising. What surprises me are the thumbnail pictures of Columbus featuring Daytona Beach.
Hostel takeover on Indiana Avenue
BY LYNDSEY TETER
Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010 4:47 PM EDT
The Other Paper
Austin Kocher wrote >>
I met an Australian guy at a hostel in San Antonio that said he chose the east coast and a southern cross continental route because there were no hostels across our area.
He was being polite.
The backpacker / youth hostel crowd doesn't fly. They take trains that have reduced rates for travelers of hike between cities close in.
I don't think this is an example of; "If you build it they will come".
Backpackers don't spontaneously materialize. Columbus may be a really great place; but if I'm traveling across the globe on a dime, the midwestern planes isn't going to be a top choice.
You need someway to get here first.
What a twist of fate. The Hostel purveyor does so well to be featured in the Dispatch last week, then the Code Enforcers apparently read the article and proceeded to crack down.
ETA: Mike Brown says on my fb post that the Dispatch piece is overstating the situation, so I'll let it go.
Yeah, sounds likes a licensing/permit issue that just needs some paperwork filled out.
There were a few other violations.
Including putting 6 people to a bedroom
It would be nice to see a little more development in the old City Center area, and that Swan Cleaners building may be an advantageous place for a hostel because it's only a couple of blocks from the Greyhound station. That's not much of a business asset for many businesses, but it might actually work well for a hostel.
My parents stayed at a hostel over the summer on a trip out west. They are in their early 50s and pretty well off but I guess it's just the adventuring spirit. They could have opted for a 4 star hotel but wanted to try hosteling. They reported it was an overwhelmingly positive experience and met some nice fellow travelers. I think something in Columbus could work and it wouldn't have to only cater to the student demographic (although it definitely makes sense to target them), I also had many friends in their 20s and 30s who weren't originally from Ohio and when they came to visit Columbus were to surprise a city its size didn't have hostels, because they would have chosen to stay there first (i.e. their priority was doing and not luxurious accomodations)
I hope something gets off the ground besides the campus place...it seemed like a good start but I guess s/he didn't have everything in order
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