Dolores Bike Hostel Hopes for July Opening

April 28, 2023

Dolores Bike Hostel Owner Jacob Carloni hopes the hostel can help the local economy and add an unserved hospitality niche. Carloni believes the project also serves the county's economic development goal of increasing the length of stay in our county to promote local businesses. The Hostel will have a capacity of 25 people, with prices starting between $35 - $40 per bed, per night. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Blondies Trophy Room and Keesee Motors

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As summer draws closer, one soon-to-open Dolores business is hoping to become a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. You're watching the Local News Network, brought to you by Blondie's Trophy Room and Keesee Motors. I'm Connor Shreve. Local carpenter Jacob Carloni is working to open the Dolores Bike Hostel, a guest house that fits our region's outdoor opportunities.

We just kind of chose a theme based on the biking influence that's kind of sweeping over the four corners. There's 70 miles of trail accessible from right here, so really looking for it to be a meeting place for cyclists, for people that are trying to get into the outdoors. Fishermen, hunters, boaters, hikers, runners, you name it.

Carloni closed on the space at 507 Central Avenue in September, and is hoping to be able to open the bike hostel in July. He's trying to curate a space that's a unique representation of Dolores.

As far as it being unique, as a hostel, what it's really going to be is focused on communal spaces. The rooms are going to be small, and there's not going to be much in them, no TVs. But my lounge areas are really going to be where I hope to bring more people together.

That includes his focus on making the space as environmentally friendly as possible.

We're investing a ton of money in energy-efficient appliances, on-demand hot water heaters. This building was basically built with no insulation, so we're packing it full of insulation. We're really not sparing many expenses as far as making it as efficient as possible.

Ultimately, Carloni wants the Dolores Bike Hostel to be self sustaining. Beds will start between 35 and $45 per night, and customers can choose between a bunk style room or their own private space. And in the interest of catering to mountain bikers and cyclists, there will be bike amenities. It is in the name, after all.

We will have outdoor covered bike storage, all locked up, bike racks in the front, obviously, a bike wash station on the side, and probably just some simple mechanic tools. But again, we're a block from Kokopelli's. So if you need your bike serviced, take it to the pros.

Carloni knows succeeding means making a comfortable space. And plans include everything from a co-working area with a warm coffee shop vibe to an outdoor event space along with hot/cold tubs and a sauna. For more information about this and other stories, visit Thanks for watching this edition of The Local News Network. I'm Connor Shreve.


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