The A&O chain was founded in 2000 by Oliver Winter (CEO til today) and Michael Kluge (retired 2016). The company started with just the dream of running a couple of hotels in Berlin. To this day, A&O is the biggest private owned hostel chain in Europe operating 32 houses in 20 cities (latest update April 2017).
The unique combination of hotel and hostel under one roof makes A&O an interesting concept. The hotel area offers comfortable beds at reasonable prices, the modern hostel area gives guests the possibility to only pay the price for one bed in an appealing ambience with international flair.
Another success factor is the young, dynamic and committed team with its creative ideas.
A&O has managed its growth from its own resources with profit flowing back directly into the company. In order to finance new properties in great European cities and to modernise existing hotels, the A&O chain has gained over TPG Real Estate in January 2017 as a competent shareholder. This way, the A&O Group continues to guarantee a steady growth in the most exciting tourist destinations that Europe has to offer!