A first look inside this swanky new German ‘poshtel’ by Weylandtstudio
A hostel like you’ve never seen before.
Cast your mind back to the last hostel you stayed in… I bet it looked nothing like the iteration that Weylandtstudio has created in Leipzig, Germany. Groners Hostel Leipzig opened early this year after a restoration that saw the 18th century merchant’s house sensitively restored and geared up for, not just backpacking aesthetes, but business travellers too.
A private bathroom in each room (with shared bathrooms for each dormitory), a 24/7 coffee bar, a dedicated business corner and design details so swish it’s no wonder they’ve coined this new hybrid a poshtel. “This concept allows for travel on a budget, without compromising on comfort, and for solo travellers, you still get the sense of community that lacks in a hotel or Airbnb. I think it’s a notion that’ll take off once we’re allowed to travel again,” says lead designer Anna Weylandt.
As a South African design team working on a project in Germany, it wasn’t without its challenges. Weylandtstudio worked entirely off plan, without any photos of the interior (since it was only a shell to begin with) and created a mock-up hostel in their Cape Town headquarters to navigate the design.
Moooi rugs, adapted Spati bunkbeds, bespoke artworks and a glut of gorgeous pieces were either custom designed by Weylandtstudio or supplied through their stores and shipped over to Germany in 4 full-to-bursting containers.
Characterised by emerald green and dark floral motifs, the interior has a seductive, luxe look to it and challenges norms with a host of high end, durable finishes that call into question hostel culture as we know it. Have we sparked your wanderlust yet?