Longtime Revelstoke Inn ‘Mother of House’ Closes Shop – Summerland Review

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Twyla Unland closed the doors of Revelstoke Backpacker Hostel on October 1, 2021.

“As I walked the halls for the last time, there was a flood of emotions – sadness to say goodbye, excitement of starting a new chapter, fear of an unknown and undefined future, but the dominant thought was in. how blessed I was to be a part of something that is so much deeper than just being a business owner or innkeeper, ”she said.

Unland moved to Revelstoke in December 2004 to work as a location manager at the hostel, then owned by Samesun Backpacker Lodges. In March 2007 she bought the business and in 2017 renamed it Revelstoke Backpacker Hostel.

Twyla Unland has worked at Revelstoke Backpacker Hostel since 2004, she bought the company in 2007. (Jocelyn Doll-Revelstoke Review)

She put the inn up for sale this year and it was purchased by Revelstoke Mountain Resort for staff accommodation. According to Carly Moran, spokesperson for the station, staff will be allocated housing in order of date of hire.

“The building has 59 beds and will help bridge the gap until the staff quarters building is completed,” she said.

A development permit application has been submitted to the city for the first phase of construction of the resort’s staff quarters, Moran said. The plans include a building with 89 apartments, 66 of which are two-bedroom and 23 one-bedroom, as well as parking for employees and day visitors.

She said they expect construction to begin in the spring of 2022 and is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

The Unland Inn was the only such accommodation in Revelstoke. While there are guesthouses with shared common areas, no other company sees individual customers sleeping in shared rooms.

“I think hostels are an important part of the accommodation landscape in tourist destinations where conventional motels, hotels and Airbnbs can make visits too expensive,” she said. “It allows travelers to stretch their budgets and spend more on the overall experience compared to a fair place to sleep.”

The closure of the Backpacker Hostel leaves a void in the accommodation market and Unland said she believes that in the short term it will be difficult for people to come to town during shoulder season and stay somewhere affordable. while they are looking for a job and for the long term. accommodation. However, with the continued closure of borders, demand for such places will continue to be reduced, she added.

The hostel has 59 beds. (Jocelyn Doll-Revelstoke review)

“There is an incredible opportunity for existing businesses to pivot their shoulder season demographics as well as an energetic, travel-loving entrepreneur to fill the void left by the hostel’s closure,” she said.

Unland described the business as requiring a lot of time and attention, although she said the happiness of her guests is contagious and a daily reminder to look at everything with deep appreciation and gratitude.

“The people and the bonds forged over the years by myself and so many others who have remained are bonds that endure to this day,” she said. “There are friendships, weddings and even babies that all share a common thread of having arrived at the hostel at some point.”

Although the pandemic has taken its toll on the business, Unland said it was not a motivator for the sale.

“After so many years of playing stay at home mom and business owner, I felt it was time to change my mind and focus on my family,” she said.

Unland is excited for the future and plans to collect some new stamps in his passport.

“This is a great opportunity to meet some of the amazing people that I have been fortunate enough to meet over the years,” she said.


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