The new Cosi Hotel on Samui island – the first under that brand – is now officially open and welcoming what its owners, Centara, call “independent, tech-savvy travellers”.
“It is as different from a traditional hotel as a new smartphone is from the mobile phones of the 1990s,” a Centara media release says.
“Centara completely re-thought what a hotel should be for the new generation of connected, freedom loving, pricey-frill-hating travellers. The result is an innovative and affordable lifestyle hub set in the middle of the shopping, eating, social and entertainment scene on Chaweng Beach. If it feels a little more like staying at the stylish home of a friend, that’s the whole idea.”
Harry Thaliwal, Centara’s general manager and corporate director of operations for the Cosi brand, said: “Cosi represents a lot of new thinking about what a modern hotel can be, based on what’s important and what’s not so relevant for today’s, youthful-minded, smart travellers.
“You can create a very fresh and unique place if you’re willing to throw out the usual conventions.”
For starters, there is no lobby counter or check-in queues. Guests can check themselves in and out at digital self-service stations.
Check-in can alos be one on your smartphone, which can also be used to book rooms, play videos or link to the room’s 43-inch SmartTV screen, which can mirror your phone screen. Fast and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s hub is a 24/7 social and media “playspace”, where guests can watch a game on television, eat and drink, and catch up with friends.
In addition to the hi-tech TV, Cosi’s 150 rooms feature comfortable king or twin beds, powerful showers, digital safes and fridges. Each room has five USB ports so guests can recharge their devices without worrying about converters.
Cosi Samui also features an 18-metre rooftop pool and all-hours laundromat
The hotel is also well located. Central Festival, the island’s main shopping centre, is up the street, and Samui’s airport is only 15 minutes away.
“Today’s young travellers want freedom, connections and shared experiences,” said Thirayuth Chirativat, Centara’s chief executive officer. “They are interested in a simple, smart, fun lifestyle, rather than traditional or superfluous amenities. We designed Cosi for them. We expect this will be the first of many.”
Details: cosihotels.com or phone 077 430 123-4.