Faro there will be a new hostel that will be one of the biggest in the country in 2018

The city of Faro will have a new hostel, which will be the largest in the Algarve, with 100 beds, already in […]

The city of Faro will have a new hostel, which will be the largest in the Algarve, with 100 beds, in the summer of 2017. But the project by entrepreneurs Diogo Perry and Nuno Fernandes is more ambitious and, in 2018, the number of beds will double, making this new accommodation, located next to Largo do Carmo, one of the three largest in the country.

In conversation with Sul Informação, Nuno Fernandes explained that «there is the goal of having more than 100 open beds in the summer of 2017, which will make it, right there, the largest hostel in the region. In the second phase, which will be completed in time for the summer of 2018, we will reach 200 beds, which places us in the top 3 nationally».

In 2017, the beds made available by this new hostel, which will be built in the old buildings of the Algarve Regional Health Administration, will be in dormitories, and in 2018 there will also be 25 double rooms.

According to Diogo Perry, a project of this size “will give new impetus not only to the city of Faro, but to the region».

The entrepreneurs, who were responsible for opening the first hostel in Faro, Casa d'Alagoa, believe that this «is a space that, in addition to giving new life to the city, will revitalize the entire area. The location is premium, close to the buses, the train and the Igreja do Carmo, which is one of the places we always recommend to our guests. It is close to everything and overlooking the Ria from our roof top…», adds Nuno Fernandes.

Nuno Fernandes (left) and Diogo Perry

This hostel will have a different concept from those that already exist in the city of Faro, since “it will be more urban, with an offer more similar to what exists in several European cities, while Casa d'Alagoa will maintain its more familiar and homely atmosphere”.

In addition, this space forces you to “work more actively in finding guests. At Casa d'Alagoa, we received requests for information for groups of 90 people, which we cannot respond to. With this hostel, we will try to respond to a demand – from groups – for which there is no offer in the city yet».

Diogo Perry believes that, with this investment, «we will be able to promote more and better initiatives and partnerships, develop various local activities and there is nothing to gain: for people, for guests, for business, for partners and for Faro».

For the entrepreneur, this «will be an opportunity for the birth of some businesses that can offer services to hostels. Companies that can offer services adapted to the profile of young tourists, who are looking for a good experience, with less money invested. It is important that more companies appear with products dedicated to this audience. Last year, some have already appeared, namely boat trips in the Ria, but it is important that more appear».

According to Nuno Fernandes, this new hostel represents a total investment of 500 euros, “in the first phase [2017], it will be around 200 euros and the rest in the second. The works will mainly involve adaptation and acquisition of equipment».

Equipment that intends to make this new accommodation, as yet unnamed, an example in ecological terms. “We want it to be energetically self-sustaining. The water heating and all the equipment, as in the shared kitchen, will be electric, hence our medium-term goal of acquiring solar panels. We want a unit as “green” as possible».

As far as job creation is concerned, recruitment has already started. “We are actively recruiting for various areas. We are looking for people with an international profile, who know this area of ​​activity. In total, we are going to hire about 15 people. This will be the minimum number of workers needed when the two phases are already concluded», says Nuno Fernandes.


2016 was good for the hostels em Faro but… seasonality and accessibility are a concern

Seasonality affects traditional hospitality, but it is also a problem for the hostels and, although demand has increased, in Faro, in the low season, «there is still no favorable context in the region at this time of year, because housing prices fall and it ends up giving more damage than profit», says Diogo Perry.

“In the low season months we had an increase of around 30 percent, but considering that the comparison is made with low data, it is natural that the increase is much greater. If instead of two guests we have four, the increase is 100 percent», explains the entrepreneur.

Still, 2016 was a good year for this sector of activity in the city of Faro, not only due to external factors, which also helped the numbers of traditional hotels, but because of the potential that the Algarve capital has in relation to the target audience of hostels.

«We have a city that has sun and beach, but which is cheaper than others like Albufeira. Furthermore, there is no massification of tourism, there is greater genuineness and greater attractiveness in terms of culture. There is the estuary, there is the beach, there is good weather, without massification», he considers.

However, Faro it also has issues to improve, especially in terms of access to the city. For Nuno Fernandes, “the issue of strengthening transport, especially at the airport, is very important. Our guests are very autonomous tourists who take care of their own journeys, use trains, buses... It's cheap to get to Faro on public transport, but then you pay almost as much for a Taxi, from the airport to the city, as you pay for the flight. The offer of buses, especially at night, is not enough».