Originally published in the Summer + Fall 2020 issue.
When you think of staying in Vail or Beaver Creek, affordable is not the first thing that comes to mind. Bret and Carryn Burton set out to change that with the Cohabit Podtel. After many years spent in the Vail Valley working in restaurants and hotels, Bret and Carryn transitioned their careers in real estate. For the past few years they have been kicking around the concept that had become Cohabit Podtel, and finally their dream has become a reality.
“We love to travel and have stayed in dozens of hostels all around the world. We always choose hostels over hotels, because it is a better experience and we enjoy meeting and socializing with other travelers,” says Bret. At the same time, they found staying in the bunk rooms was a little too connected to the other travelers. They often opted for the private room so they could get the best of both worlds. When coming up with the concept for Cohabit Podtel they took all of their travel likes and dislikes to nail it down.
“We began brainstorming ideas to bring hostel-style lodging to our community, but with a solution for private sleeping quarters. After months of trial and error, we settled on the pod concept and Cohabit Podtel was born,” Carryn shares. “We knew the Vail Valley needed affordable accommodation and we wanted to take our knowledge and experience from decades in the hotel and hospitality industry and combine it with our passion for travel and customer service.”
Cohabit Podtel is the first of its kind in a mountain town. They are trying to break the mold of traditional lodging to bring guests a unique and affordable alternative to the high-priced resort accommodations that currently exist. They created the same relaxed, social feel of a hostel with the privacy of a boutique hotel. There is only one private room at the Cohabit Podtel. The rest are custom built, private sleep pods. The Burtons worked closely with HMR Construction out of Edwards and Tiny Home Connection out of Denver to complete the concept.
If you are like many adventurers when you travel, all you really need is a place to rest your head and store your gear. Each sleep pod can accommodate two guests in their own private space, thoughtfully appointed with charging outlets, reading lights, luxury linens and mobile smart locks. The sleep pods are noise insulated with eco-friendly recycled denim and are well ventilated to ensure maximum guest comfort.
The goal of the Cohabit Podtel is to cater to those who value adventure over luxury.
“We strive to bring travelers, outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers together to enjoy our community’s world class activities,” Bret says.
Cohabit Podtel offers minimalist accommodations and strives for exceptional guest service, along with all the amenities you need for your next adventure. With a full-on locker room as well as locking storage for you gear, you are only a few steps away from everything you need to get outside and play.
There is a spacious lounge with sweeping mountain views and a fireplace in the lobby that provides a perfect place to mingle with like-minded travelers. Cohabit Podtel boasts seven private shower suites and communal restrooms, as well as a coffee bar and work nook. There are plans to acquire a liquor license in the near future.
There is free onsite parking and high speed WiFi. They have state of the art door locks that allow guest 24-hour mobile access. Guests are able to check in with their smart phones when coming before or after hours. Their location in the heart of Avon provides access to several restaurants, shops and amenities all in walking distance. There is access to the skier shuttle or intown bus just outside the establishment.
“Whether you are enjoying the great outdoors in the summer or winter, spend your time and money doing the things you love — we will take care of the rest,” says Carryn. “Our brand embodies the spirit of Colorado and the promotion of outdoor recreation.”
The Burtons have a goal to expand the concept throughout Colorado, primarily in ski towns. They want to be recognized and trusted by anyone visiting their establishment and our beautiful state.
For more information, go to cohabitpodhotel.com
Photos courtesy of Cohabit Podtel.