Lonely Planet Writer

A new range of accommodation wants to combine the best parts of hotels, private rentals and hostels

A new range of accommodation is seeking to revolutionise hospitality by incorporating the best bits of private-rentals, hotels and hostels.

What a garden communal space could look like at Jo&Joe
What a garden communal space could look like at Jo&Joe Image by Jo&Joe

Jo&Joe, a branch of AccorHotels aimed at millennials, wants to create living spaces full of “value sharing, spontaneity and experience”. The company call their new venues ‘open houses’, full of communal areas that will be open to both tourists and locals with the hope it will foster positive community living.

Beach shack.
Beach shack. Image by Jo&Joe

Jo&Joe aims to open 50 places in such diverse cities as Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Budapest and Bordeaux between now and 2020. The company says the venues will always be located in the middle of the cities and less than 15 minutes from the top tourist attractions.

The new accommodation will be filled with communal spaces
The new accommodation will be filled with communal spaces Image by Jo&Joe

The company also plans to launch an app, to help guests and locals connect, with the hope that it will develop into a real-life community. If low-tech is more your style, there’s a huge emphasis on socialising with plenty of recreation areas. There will also be a bar at every venue, providing a wide range of cocktails, wines and beers, encouraging locals to drop in for a drink.

A view of the restaurant.
A view of the restaurant. Image by Jo&Joe

Among the facilities it plans to offer is a menu of healthy, local food starting at €10. For those travellers on a budget, they can use the “collaborative kitchen” to cook and swap recipes. As well as dorms and private rooms, there will also be a range of ‘Out of the Ordinary’ accommodation, which could be yurts, hammocks or caravans, all with the aim of giving guests an “unforgettable experience”. Rates start, at the new Jo&Joe accommodation, from €25 a night.

Another communal space.
Another communal space. Image by Jo&Joe