“We are delighted to open our second house in Vienna on 1st March. The A&O Wien Hauptbahnhof is centrally located in Sonnwendgasse 11. The construction work has made such a rapid progress, even faster than we had expected, particularly in the field of interiour design. We would like to thank everyone involved,” said Oliver Winter, General Manager of A&O HOTELS and HOSTELS.
The new hotel has 297 rooms; about 1,100 beds are available for the guests. A&O are going to employ four permanent employees and about 16 temporary employees. For the future, the company is planning to train four young people at A&O Wien Hauptbahnhof.
The total project took seven months; A&O have invested 3.2 million Euros in this site. With its location right on Vienna’s main train station the building meets the requirements of the hostel group: All HOTELS and HOSTELS impress with their central location and direct access to rail and public transport. Interested readers find further information on the following website http://www.aohostels.com or may call the number +43 1 493 0990.
About A&O HOTELS and HOSTELS:
Founded in 2000, the A&O HOTELS and HOSTELS are currently Europe’s largest, independent hostel chain with 22 locations in 14 cities (Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Graz, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Prague and Vienna) and three countries (Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic). The A&O group registered more than 2.0 million overnight stays as well as a revenue of 53,5 million in 2012 and is currently growing at around 20 percent a year; further locations are to be opened.
A&O unite hotel (Book Blue) and hostel (Book Orange) under one roof. Additional components such as seminar rooms, breakfast buffet, lobby and bars are always available for both categories. The hostel areas are used each year by around 6,000 class trips, more than 60 percent of A&O’s guests book their accommodation online. The A&O target markets are leisure/city tourism (30 percent), groups/class trips (60 percent) and business tourism (10 percent).
The company provides vocational training at all locations. The company is 4****-star QMJ certified, tested ‘Youth Hostel Quality Standard’ by TUV (Technical Inspection Association) and carries the youth travel quality seal of ‘Reisenetz Deutschland’ (Travel Network Germany).
A&O are actively involved in sports and education and have supported SOS Children’s Villages since 2004 and since 2010 the Girls’ Youth League of 1. FC Union Berlin (8-10 year olds) as well as the German Floorball National Teams (women, men and under 19 teams).