Press Releases

Press Releases

Eröffnung & Expansion | 07 November 2018

Barcelona: a&o Hostels purchases its first property in Spain

Berlin-based budget group planning around 750 beds in Barcelona's up-and-coming Hospitalet district

For ten years, the building in southern Barcelona was as good as empty. Now, Berlin-based budget group a&o has purchased the 7,900m2 management complex, which used to belong to a TV factory, and after Venice, is thereby continuing to drive its expansion in Southern Europe: Around 170 rooms with 750 beds are set to emerge here by approximately 2021 for price-conscious travelling families and groups. a&o’s Chief Investment Officer Henri Wilmes commented, “With this third deal in 2018, we have managed to achieve our long-desired entry into the Spanish market – one of Europe’s key markets.”

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 06 September 2018


a&o to open a second hostel in the banking and financial metropolis on the Main

Even in the financial city of Frankfurt, you can have a good night’s sleep at a low price, courtesy of a&o, Europe’s largest hostel company. The opening of the a&o Frankfurt Ostend on 9 October will mean a second hostel for the budget group. The a&o Frankfurt Ostend will have 230 rooms with a total of 730 beds, spread over six floors. With the opening of the a&o Frankfurt Ostend, the number of a&o hostels will increase to 25 in Germany, and 34 in Europe.

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 03 September 2018

A completely new look at a&o Prague Rhea

The lobby as a “living room” for travellers from around the world

After just 15 months of complete refurbishment, the a&o Prague Rhea has reopened. The restoration process involved gutting all the rooms and equipping them with new bathrooms. The facade was elaborately renovated, and the balconies were converted into conservatories. The lobby now dons the new a&o design. A total of €10.5 million was invested to complete the extensive renovation work.

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Kooperation | 29 August 2018

a&o launches social media campaign with the Büchner family of the popular "Goodbye Deutschland" documentary series

Jens and Daniela Büchner are the new faces of a&o Hostels’ social media channels. The six-month cooperation revolves around the family- and child-friendly nature of the a&o brand. Together with their two-year-old twins, the Büchners will visit a&o accommodations in Germany and Italy. The slogan's campaign encapsulates this message: "Families love a&o".

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Personal | 16 August 2018

Liam Doyle becomes COO at a&o Hostels

a&o Hostels, Europe’s largest provider of hostel accommodation, has appointed the Irishman Liam Doyle (41) to the newly created position of COO – Chief Operating Officer. In the coming months, Liam Doyle will develop uniform standards of operation across all 33 hostels, acting as a link between individual hostels and the company’s headquarters in Berlin. He will also be responsible for overseeing new hostels during their pre-opening phases. a&o is currently growing at a rate of two new hostels a year.

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Sponsoring & Event | 09 August 2018

Summer, sun and lots of fun - The a&o Family Days in Prague

The sun was shining, and playing in front of the a&o hostel Prague Metro Strizkov were smiling, happy children - not a glum face in sight! And the reason for this? This year, the a&o Family Days were hosted in the Czech capital. From the 27th - 29th July, a&o, Europe's largest hostel chain, hosted an exuberant weekend for the sixth time in a row, with festivities being enjoyed by both young and old. In addition to a large children's party, the programme included a cosy evening of grilling, followed by a children's disco.

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Eröffnung & Expansion | 16 July 2018

a&o will open its second hostel in Copenhagen

a&o, Europe’s largest hostel provider and industry innovator,  has signed an agreement for a second hostel in Copenhagen. a&o Sydhavn is located in the central and upcoming Sydhavn area and will have more than 200 single, double, family and shared rooms, 800 beds in total.

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Personal | 22 January 2018

Henri Wilmes was appointed CIO for A&O Hotels and Hostels

A&O Hotels and Hostels has appointed Henri Wilmes as Chief Investment Officer. His new role has become effective as of 8 January 2018. Wilmes brings extensive hotel and real estate investment experience to A&O.

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