30-year-old globetrotter to open 60-bed hostel in ohio city

Thirty-year-old Mark Raymond has stayed in hostels all over the world, and now he's bringing his passion, ideas and money to Cleveland to create a 60-bed hostel on West 25th Street in Ohio City.

"A hostel is a very valuable asset for a city to have, and I think Cleveland is a good place to start one," says Raymond. "Hostels attract nontraditional travelers on a shoestring budget, and if a city doesn't have a hostel, many will skip over it."

The Cleveland hostel, which will be located at 2084 West 25th Street, in a building that is owned by real estate developer MRN Ltd., will offer dormitory-style accommodations as well as private and family rooms. Beds will start at $25 per night, and a shared kitchen will be available. Raymond is investigating the possibility of creating a rooftop patio and bike rental facility, as well.

Identifying a location that is well-trafficked and easily accessible to public transportation was key to making his new venture successful, says Raymond. Many hostel clients prefer public transportation or walking to get around. "People can stay in the 'burbs for $30 a night in Cleveland, but they can't get to the city and they don't have the communal aspect of a hostel," he says.

Raymond found the location he was seeking in Ohio City, which has recently experienced a boom of new businesses opening and developers rehabilitating buildings. "Ohio City is a good location because there's so much to do. It's close to downtown and there's good public transportation connections."

Raymond hopes to open the new hostel in May, just in time for the celebration of the West Side Market's centennial and the summer traveling season.

Source: Mark Raymond
Writer: Lee Chilcote
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