Tokyo, June 6, 2018 - Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc., the Rakuten Group’s vacation rental service provider, today announced that its first hostel, Rakuten STAY HOSTEL Art cafe & bar Osaka Shinsaibashi, will open on June 9. The hostel operates under the Rakuten STAY HOSTEL sub-brand of Rakuten STAY, a branding and operational support service for vacation rental properties and shared accommodation.
- Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc.
Rakuten STAY HOSTEL Art cafe & bar Osaka Shinsaibashi to Open
Photos of Rakuten STAY HOSTEL Art cafe & bar Osaka Shinsaibashi
Front desk and cafe bar (top left), Sleeping area (top right), Lounge (bottom left)
Rakuten STAY HOSTEL Art cafe & bar Osaka Shinsaibashi is a six-story hostel with 60 beds. In addition to shower rooms for men and women and a dedicated women’s powder room, the hostel also features a café bar and lounge to offer a more relaxing space for visitors. The front desk offers service in both Japanese and English, allowing them to serve overseas visitors to Osaka, where inbound demand is high. Room rates range from approximately 4,000 yen (exclusive tax)*1 per person per night. The hostel is operated on behalf of the owner by Rakuten LIFULL STAY, which provides cleaning services, arrangement of local staff, customer support and other services, and uses the Rakuten STAY branding granted by Rakuten.
The interior of the hostel features exhibits of paintings, objet d’art and a mural. The modern, sophisticated interior is decorated in a soothing combination of quiet color tones. The café bar that can also be used by non-guests offers a healthy menu made with locally-produced fruit and vegetables from the Kansai region, in addition to freshly brewed coffee, alcoholic drinks and more. It is a space where travelers and local residents can interact while enjoying a meal, conversation and art.
As sub-brands of Rakuten STAY, Rakuten LIFULL STAY is developing a variety of types of accommodation, such as “Rakuten STAY HOSTEL”, “Rakuten STAY HOUSE*2” detached home accommodations, and “Rakuten STAY KYOMACHIYA*3” renovated kyomachiya townhouses. Under the concept of “staying in a city,” Rakuten LIFULL STAY plans to network the diverse types of accommodation in a region and operate the area itself as a single accommodation facility.
Rakuten LIFULL STAY will continue to cooperate with real estate owners and various partner companies to contribute to revitalizing the accommodation and vacation rental market by creating a wide range of attractive facilities for guests.
*1 Room rates vary depending on a number of factors, including the duration of stay, the season and the accommodation reservation site used to book the room.
*2 Rakuten STAY HOUSE × WILL STYLE is the first detached home accommodation opened by Rakuten LIFULL STAY and HyAS & Co.
*3 A business partnership between Rakuten LIFULL STAY and Crowd Realty that uses crowd funding to develop and provide accommodation facilities
About the first Rakuten STAY HOSTEL
Name: Rakuten STAY HOSTEL Art cafe & bar Osaka Shinsaibashi
Address: 2-6-16, Minamisemba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Access: Six minutes on foot from Shinsaibashi Station and five minutes on foot from Nagahoribashi Station
Owner: SPACESHIP LLC
Design and creative direction: ADDReC
Construction: NOMURA Co., Ltd.
Art direction: 9 Design
Branding: Rakuten, Inc.
Operational support: Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc.
Type of facility: Shared accommodation under the Inns and Hotels Act
Date of opening: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Room rate (per person per night): From approximately 4,000 yen (exclusive tax)
* Rates will vary depending on the season and reservation site.
Reservations: Reservations can be made at reservation sites both in Japan and from abroad (planned)
* Reservations can be made on Rakuten Travel and Booking.com
Site area: 107.33 m2
Floorspace: 484.74 m2
Construction: Steel reinforced concrete
Floors: Six floors above ground
Main facilities and amenities:
- 60 beds (on the 3rd to 5th floors)
* Each room sleeps 1
* All rooms have a mattress, futon set, 1 electrical outlet, ventilation fan, and a safe for valuables
- Front desk (1st floor)
* The front desk offers service in Japanese and English.
- Café bar (1st floor)
- 2 lounges (2nd and 6th floor)
* TV (6th floor), chairs, tables, etc.
- 6 shower rooms (2nd floor)
* Three each for men and women
* Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hair dryer, etc.
- 1 Women’s powder room (2nd floor)
About Rakuten STAY
Rakuten STAY is a full-service operational support provider in which Rakuten loans the Rakuten STAY brand to prospective businesses and individuals who wish to operate vacation rentals and shared accommodations, and Rakuten LIFULL STAY oversees operations from initial consultations to construction and cleaning with the cooperation of a contracting company. Users staying at Rakuten STAY facilities are able to use facilities and amenities, and receive extra services based on a uniform concept wherever they stay. Rakuten STAY aims to expand the accommodation and vacation rental market by creating an environment where customers who have never used vacation rentals can use them and shared accommodations with peace of mind.
Rakuten LIFULL STAY, Inc.
Address: Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube 3F, 1-9-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Representative Director Munekatsu Ota
Details of business: Providing services related to vacation rental platform, etc.
Date of establishment: March 2017