Nowadays, the global infrastructure of this area of tourism uses virtual and informal networks, and hostels have become one of the dominant types of accommodation among young travellers. Millennials, for example, want to meet people, engage in activities and events, have local experiences, feel at home, get good value for money and enjoy the convenience. In return, hostels play an important role in the hospitality industry by pleasing the Millennials, by offering them a central location, an interactive atmosphere, functional facilities, well-planned design and decoration, activities, events and personal service. And now there is also the flashpacker, who travels on a higher budget, frequently uses social media, and requires higher standards of comfort, quality, and privacy than backpackers. Their growing numbers have gradually increased quality demands towards the physical environment of hostels, which in turn, enhances the need for awareness of spatial design issues.
As a hostel, Wombat’s is an essential form of infrastructure and socio-spatial element for backpacking. Hostels offer communal areas and communal facilities for guests, making it easy to socialize, which is another significant feature. Many people choose hostels because they can easily meet and interact with other travellers.
This is the main aim of Wombat’s: to create a home away from home. A place made by travellers for travellers. The Corporate Soul embodies the core of the company and reflects the founders’ original intention. It represents a fundamental meaning and value level of the company. It carries values, norms and essence of Wombat’s.
The sum of these characteristics represents Wombat’s corporate identity. If these complementary parts give a unified whole, a stable perception arises. With a visibly lived value system comes the development of a distinct corporate culture. The balanced combination of different objects subconsciously creates a good feeling. A feeling of well-being and comfort, providing a welcome counterpoint to a hectic and anonymous life.
How do we create this ideal space integrated with the corporate identity?
Public spaces include the reception area and the community space as well as the kitchen and dining area. Observation of hostels shows that it is advantageous if these three areas are in close spatial relationship, since they are the scenes of social life. By travellers for travellers. We share our expertise in travelling, sharing local insight and inside knowledge.
In shared dormitories, the private function is not limited to the bedrooms four walls. The importance of the bed as a private unit has increased. Most hostels nowadays also offer private rooms equipped with bathrooms. This phenomenon indicates a tendency in hostels toward improving better quality while still providing budget-oriented accommodation.
Like most hostels, we have self-service kitchens, which means that it is often used by every guest. As a result, the kitchen is the most frequented meeting point in the hostel. The kitchen functions as a community area, and it makes sense to enable spatial connections with other areas dedicated to social activities. A place to come together and cook together, creating a sense of family and a way to save money.
Another example of integrating areas and spaces is moving the laundry machines to the lobby. Why? It’s more fun doing your dirty laundry, a mundane task, in vibrant surroundings. It motivates our guests to do more laundry!
In order to achieve balance of the social and private we must create a place where you are happy to spend time. Incorporating memories and desires. Beauty, for example, makes people happy.
The requirements creating of this beautiful space is a cosy design, a home away from home – like your own living room – bringing a happy, eclectic mix of various elements from different sources. Facilities should be warm and flexible. Materials used should have history and an authentic message. We incorporate the experiences and the needs of the people who use the space every day. We are always on the lookout for improvements adapting the design to the needs of travellers. At the end of the day, the mix itself is the most interesting part! The flow of information between guests through word-of-mouth is an essential part of a hostel’s social life. Thus, producing spaces that promote social interaction is a fundamental design challenge. Therefore, we aim to create spaces that bring people together and have them connect with the spirit of travelling.