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– Additional projects under development in emerging neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami –

(BROOKLYN, NY) October 19, 2018 – Today at the Independent Lodging Congress held here in Brooklyn, NY, The Passionality Group announced the launch of The Phileas Club, a collection of independent lodging experiences in emerging neighborhoods and destinations, each truthful to their own history and environment.

The Phileas Club

The collection, available to travelers early next year, is inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 Around the World in 80 Days novel, which recounts the journey undertaken by Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout. The Phileas Club is geared towards inspired travelers seeking to connect and socialize with locals and other like-minded guests, while discovering emerging neighborhoods and destinations around the world.

Unlike other lodging collections, unexpected surprises and delights will mark the difference as every Phileas Club location will celebrate its uniqueness in different ways. Guests will be treated to discoveries both on-property and around the neighborhood, while property teams will be fully empowered to be themselves and charm guests by stimulating interest-based interactions between locals and guests.

The Phileas Club and its member locations invite explorers to discover local cultural and culinary treasures; feature in-the-know local events organized by the Club’s experience curator; include a neighborhood bar; offer premium coffee and a complimentary book exchange; and provide a range of lodging options, from inspired private accommodations to premium bunks in shared rooms.

As part of its social and environmental responsibility, The Phileas Club expects to donate part of its direct booking proceeds to the charity of each guest’s choice. In addition, each Phileas Club will conduct outreach in the local community in its own unique way.

The Passepartout Pass, The Phileas Club’s recognition program, will invite members to a community of other like-hearted explorers wishing to discover authentically hyper-local experiences based on members’ requests and the local curator’s weekly picks. Members may enjoy complimentary upgrades, complimentary breakfast, preferred access to Passepartout events and special perks on local explorations and services, subject to availability at each location.

Hostel Fish in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is The Phileas Club’s founding member location and will re-launch mid-to-late next year. Hostel Fish features a full-service community bar, communal kitchen and 64 beds spread between private and shared accommodations. To date, Hostel Fish has received numerous mentions and accolades including Thrillist’ Best American Hostels and The Grand Hostel’ Top Luxury Hostels. Additional projects are already under development in emerging neighborhoods across Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.

Chad Fish, founder of Hostel Fish, said: “Three years after opening Hostel Fish, we were eager to explore additional locations beyond Denver. When we met Passionality and learned about their team, deep industry expertise and strong values, and later learned about The Phileas Club and its significant growth potential, we knew immediately that it was the right opportunity for us to kick-off this exciting journey together.”

To help ensure an authentic neighborhood experience, Passionality is exploring a strategic alliance with 213 Hospitality, an acclaimed hospitality group with over 25 neighborhood bar and brewpub establishments across Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin and soon Denver. Upon the execution of the alliance, 213 Hospitality would be responsible for bar and brewpub operations of select future locations.

In addition, Passionality will also deploy its other portfolio brands at Phileas Club locations where appropriate, including Vagabond Coffee, Nighthawk Breakfast Bar and 18I89 Stockholm.

Passionality is actively seeking suitable locations with character in emerging neighborhoods within walking distance of appealing cultural, culinary and nightlife options. Long-term leases and management agreements are preferred, and initial target locations include Miami; Los Angeles; Chicago; New Orleans; Portland; San Francisco; Washington, DC; Austin; Nashville; Savannah; New York; and San Diego.

Daniel del Olmo, founding partner of The Passionality Group and creator of The Phileas Club, said, “In a 2017 Eventbrite research report, 78% of Millennials would choose to spend on a desirable experience over buying something desirable. We clearly witnessed this trend when we invested in PodShare early last year and uncovered a great opportunity to organize this emerging segment of independent lodging experiences. As owners ourselves, and unlike other brand collection business models, we firmly believe that when interests are aligned with other owners, partnerships are more equitable and mutually beneficial. Therefore, we are currently exploring avenues to allow our founding properties to become co-owners of the brand and are in discussions with several prospective members while continuing to be on the lookout for suitable founding locations.”

In addition to providing property owners an opportunity to actively participate in the growth of The Phileas Club, property owners will receive brand support in all relevant disciplines including revenue management, sales and marketing, e-distribution, operations, guest experience, design and construction, site selection and development.

Hostel Fish

About The Passionality Group

The Passionality Group advises and invests in company founders who share its passion for hospitality brands that exude authenticity, drive innovation and exhibit meaningful potential for growth. With over 200 years of hospitality experience, the team is unequaled in expertise and unrivaled in passion for hospitality. The group’s primary activities are concentrated in three areas: Lifestyle food and beverage, experiential travel and lodging, and strategic alliances. To date, The Passionality Group portfolio of investments consists of various emerging concepts including Wafels & Dinges, Vagabond Coffee, 18I89 Stockholm, Nighthawk Breakfast Bar, PodShare, Hostel Fish and For more information, please visit or contact Keith Pierce, Managing Partner, at or 1-516-380-7183.


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The Passionality Groups and 213 Hospitality sign strategic alliance

July 2, 2018. Los Angeles, California – The Passionality Group has entered into a strategic partnership with 213 Hospitality to jointly explore hospitality projects, leveraging each other’s relevant expertise and network.

The acclaimed hospitality group, helmed by celebrated innovator Cedd Moses, has both established and elevated hospitality through its diverse collection of over twenty venues, connecting their communities through, very simply, the utmost respect for its staff and customers. Under Moses’ vision, 213 Hospitality has expanded beyond its start in Los Angeles to key markets in California and Texas with an array of forthcoming projects to debut across the country. The group has brought and will continue to bring their acclaimed drink program and service philosophy to each brand extension, while still reflecting the unique style and culture of their respective cities.

213 Hospitality’s properties include: 4100 Bar, Arts District Brewing Company, Bar Clacson, Bar Jackalope, Bar Three Piece, Broadway Bar, Caña Rum Bar, Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip, Golden Gopher, Half Step, Las Perlas, Seven Grand, The Slipper Clutch, The Varnish, Tony’s Saloon, and three projects in partnership with Proprietors LLC: Honeycut, The Normandie Club, and The Walker Inn.

To learn more about 213 Hospitality, click here.

The Passionality Group prepares to franchise Wafels & Dinges globally

August 2, 2018. New York City, New York – The Passionality Group recently unveiled plans to make Wafels & Dinges franchises available in select markets across the world. Later this year, eligible franchise partners will be able to sign up for multi-unit territories which will be available for development in a variety of formats, including from small-format kiosks to free standing flagship units. Wafels & Dinges is one of New York’s most iconic indulgent concepts, featuring fresh authentic Belgian liege Wafels that may be topped with a variety of irresistible toppings, known as Dinges. To learn more about Wafels & Dinges, click here.

The Passionality Group acquires stake in Hostel Fish, Denver

August 24, 2018. Denver, Colorado – The Passionality Group has finalized a minority investment and entered into a multi-faceted partnership with Hostel Fish and its founder, Chad Fish to enhance its existing location and jointly develop future properties. Located in one of America’s most progressive cities, Hostel Fish aims to provide a premium hostel experience and create the most comfortable, vibrant environment for bad-ass travelers to gather together and use as a base camp for exploring, a watering hole for meeting new friends and an affordable way to stay in the heart of Denver’s RiNo district. To learn more about Hostel Fish, click here.