Grupo Habita has opened The Hollander, a new concept hostel in Chicago where guests can check-out their fellow travellers on social media before they check-in.
‘We like to describe it as a social stay — a place where social media becomes physical,’ says Grupo Habita’s founder Carlos Carlos Couturier. ‘You can share your Instagram account when booking, share a room with other guests, and share the hostel’s social spaces – a café, bar, bike rental shop and laundry room – with locals.’
The Hollander – which takes over the 1905 Fireproof Warehouse – blurs the line between hostel and hotel. Beds inside its 8 shared rooms start from $45, while private rooms start from $165 per night.
Guests booking a Social Stay room have the option to share their Instagram profile and images with fellow guests, to foster a sense of community.
French studios Ciguë and Delordinaire were enlisted to transform the five-storey structure, which has a bar and cafe from Metric Coffee, a Social Room for events and meet-ups and an on-site bike shop by Banker Supply Co. Public spaces feature raw walls, exposed steel and concrete beams, and mid-century style furniture.