Although Pangea is quite different to your average Whistler hotel, it’s not much like your average hostel either. It’s true there are some things we have in common with hostels, but we differ hugely in our interpretation of such things. Yes, we’re affordable and we have a shared concept, but we also offer more privacy, better facilities, a central location and a boutique hotel feel. Here we explain in precise terms how we’re different – even in the things that make us similar.
COMFORT AND DESIGN.
In how many hostels do you get your own double bed? None that we’ve stayed in, that’s for sure. A double bed with crisp cotton linens is just the start of the comforts you can expect at Pangea. Soft, individually-controlled LED lighting, wood-lined walls and uber-comfortable memory-foam mattresses are just some of the things that’ll have you feeling relaxed and ready for bed.
Then there’s the design, the standard of which has become something of an obsession for us. Seriously, every detail of Pangea’s interior (and exterior) has been relentlessly scrutinized, from the fabrics used in the soft furnishings to the art that adorns each pod’s walls. At Pangea, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a boutique hotel, and you’ll have all the mod-cons you’d expect from one.
We’re willing to bet that if you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, or never would again, it’s because you simply can’t go without having your own personal space. Perhaps privacy is the one thing you’re just unable to compromise on – regardless of how much healthier your bank account would look.
We understand it can be off-putting to have to share, so we took this into account when conceptualizing Pangea. We found the solution in our specially-designed pods, which offer levels of privacy completely absent in standard-fare hostel bunk-beds. In our designer private pods you can enjoy the comforts of your own personal space.
Our pods are arranged into suites. And while these suites are technically shared, they aren’t like your average hostel dorm. It’s an entirely different experience.
LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.
The trouble with hostels is that they come with compromises. We’ve already expanded upon the privacy compromise above, but often that’s not all: there’s the location element too.
Generally speaking, a hostel can either be cheap as dirt but falling apart and slap bang in the centre of town, or it can be fairly swanky but out of town. Rare is it to find one that’s chic and central. Fortunately it’s going to be a little less rare when Pangea opens its doors in 2018, as we’ll be ticking both those boxes.
The dreaded hostel shower block will be banished to the realm of uncomfortable and awkward memories when you arrive at Pangea and find that we do things very, very differently. For a start, our designer bathrooms are located within our suites, which means two things: first, only a finite number of people can use them, since they’re accessible only to guests staying in that particular suite, and second, there’ll be no more of those awkward runs down a corridor and across a public space to get to the loo.
But here’s where things get really interesting. You know that desperate situation when all you want to do is use the toilet but you can’t because someone’s taking a shower? Well, we thought, what if the toilet and the shower weren’t in the same room? In fact, what if all the components you need – a shower, toilet, vanity unit, and changing room – were all separately accessed? So that’s how we set them up, and with more than 2 of these components for every 3 guests, Pangea’s bathroom configuration means it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever have to wait around.
We’ve taken the “shared” concept and improved it by keeping the good bits, such as the social vibe and affordable rates, and killing the bad bits, like an absence of private space and lack of available bathrooms. Why pay more for a hotel when you can get the best of both worlds at Pangea?
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