Turn your suitcase into a shelf

Are you the kind of person who likes to build its own furniture? Do you like to recycle your old stuff to give them a second life?

The staff at Equity Point Lisbon had a great idea and turned a suitcase into a different book shelf that fits perfectly the common room of the hostel.

We have posted the pictures of all the process at Facebook so you can do it yourself at home.

I love the idea and how it fits Equity Point Lisboa’s common room decoration, don’t you?

Looking for new buildings – A day in the life of Clara our expansion manager

Clara - Equity Point's Area Manager - Expansion

Dear Friends,

I’ve felt the need to explain my Italian adventure. I leave my home in Barcelona a bit scared, because my flight company is totally unknown to me. They don’t even have a website, you cannot check in online and no one has ever heard of them. Surprisingly we leave on time, the male flight attendants are extremely cute, and we are offered orange juice and cookies for free. I feel lucky.

In the plane, I run into a friend of my best friend and he asks to take me out for dinner once we land in the beautiful Italian city because he is there all alone. I’m quite smart and I find the way to escape from that dinner. I feel lucky. I arrive at the hotel and they inform me that tonight is the only day in the year that the museums are open at night and the entrance is free. So I just throw my things in the room and I leave immediately. I buy myself a portion of pizza for dinner and I head to some of the most beautiful museums not only in Italy but in the world. I’ve promised my colleague Maria that I will buy some pasta for her. Her kids love the huge macaroni that you can buy in Italy so I’ve bought macaroni compulsively. I feel lucky. I get back to the hotel around 2AM, tired but happy. When I get in the bathroom I realize that the shower and WC are at the same place. Uhmmmmmmm! As I feel lucky I think that with some planning in the morning, first WC and then shower, I’ll be able to do everything without a problem, after all… I’m feeling lucky. Continue reading

Next week we’ll be at TBEX12 at Girona

Next week we’ll be at TBEX12 in Girona. We are sponsoring the travel blogger event, so we will have a table. If you’re going too, please come to chat with us. We’ve got some interesting proposal for all travel bloggers.

We also have an amazing hostel in Girona. Equity Point Girona is located at Plaça Catalunya, just in the city center, really close to Girona’s Cathedral and the Jewish call. Equity Point Girona is an amazing hostel with kitchen, laundry, bar, terrace, WiFi… Whatever you need to feel like home and meet other travelers.

Hope to see you all at TBEX12 in Girona!

Spotting Tom Cruise at the airport

Marta, our Area Manager-Controller, is always travelling around the world from an Equity Point hostel to another. She’s used to the inconveniences of constant flying, but today I’ve received an email telling me that she has fallen in love in an airport with Tom Cruise!

She and Clara, our Area Manager-Expansion, spotted him on the airport and they say Tom is even more handsome in person. Now half of the office staff is green with envy. Continue reading

Belly Dance Master Class at Equity Point Marrakech

We’re always trying to please our guests and Marrakech is a very special place with a rich culture that is available to the visitors in many different ways. For that reason we offer dessert trips, Moroccan cuisine classes, spa sessions, and now: a Belly dance master class.

Our teacher, Jiham, is a great dancer and is willing to teach every of Equity Point Marrakech guests the sensual moves that have made belly dance famous all around the world.

The class lasts for 45 minutes, and when you finish there is tea and Moroccan pastries for all the pupils.

Hope you’ll like it!

Celebrating the Olympic Games at Hyde Park

During the Olympic Games, Hyde Park is being the perfect spot to watch the Games with your friends. There are several big screens showing most of the sports and there are also other activities such as concerts, performances and a kid’s zone.

There will be a special Closing Ceremony Concert on Sunday August 12th with converts of Blur, New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. There will also be several Olympic athletes celebrating their success.

And remember, Equity Point London is 10 minutes walking distance from Hyde Park. But if you prefer to watch all the events at the hotel, every Equity Point is broadcasting the Olympic Games at the TV’s of the common areas so you can share the Olympic experience with people from all nationalities.

Via | Hyde Park

London Olympic Games 2012

Tonight the whole world will be watching the Inauguration of the London Olympic Games on the TV, and only some fortunate ones will be able to watch it live on the London Stadium. If you’re willing to go and live the amazing atmosphere of this unique event, remember Equity Point London is perfectly located near Paddington Station.

At London Olympic Games there will be 10.500 athletes competing for a medal in 26 different sports. Over 11 million of people will attend to the Games as public. And several millions more will watch all the different sports on TV.

Which are your favorite sports?

Soon… Equity Point Prague!

We’re always working to bring you Equity Point’s quality to new locations all around the world. So now we’re proud to announce that we will be opening a new Equity Point Hostel in Prague. As always we will assure you the best location, and the higher quality and cleanliness standards.

Prague is an awesome city with warm summers and chilly winters. With over 1.100 years of history, the Czech Republic capital has several monuments and cultural spots that any wise traveler will praise and enjoy.

Soon there will be more news about Equity Point Prague!

Picture by Che

Happy Gay Pride Day!

Today 43 years ago history changed and when the police got in to the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, to arrest all the men just for being gay. For the first time, instead of running away, those men confronted the police so it was the police the one who had to run. The next days the riots were all over New York and it was the beginning of the gay movement as we know it.

So now, every year every city in the world has its own parties to commemorate that day. Here are some of the most important parties at the cities that Equity Point has hostels: Continue reading

Equity Point New York inauguration

Last week we were proud to inaugurate Equity Point New York Hostel. To such an important event we brought the group Castellers de Vilafranca to Manhattan. They built several Human Towers all over New York including one at our hostel at Times Square, as you can see in the video.

At the official event we heard the speeches of Artur Mas the President of Catalonia –-Equity Point Hostels homeland–; Mike Kelley, Independence Point President; and our CEO Oriol Badia.

We’ve worked really hard to have a hostel in New York in such a great location as it is Time Square. And soon we will have some more hostels all around the United States of America. Stay tuned to be the first to know where the new Equity Point Hostels will be! Continue reading