NPS Points Prospectus For Hostel At Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore

The primary entrance for the Level Reyes Hostel/NPS

The Nationwide Park Service lately issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for operation of the hostel at Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore in California. The hostel is the one lodging facility inside the 71,000-acre nationwide seashore that was established beneath laws signed by President John Kennedy in 1962.

The Level Reyes hostel is comprised of three buildings: an 1860s historic construction that features the workplace, a supervisor’s condo, and a rental room; a bunkhouse with two bunkrooms; and a constructing with 4 non-public rooms. Shared kitchens are in each the historic construction and the constructing with non-public rooms. Friends within the bunk room have entry to the kitchen within the historic constructing.  Shared dwelling area is in every of the three buildings. The hostel presently supplies 56 beds and has an occupancy price of roughly 50 %.

The ten-year contract requires that the concessionaire present lodging and Web service, whereas permitting, however not requiring, merchandising gross sales, minor retail gross sales, laundry services, interpretive providers, internet hosting of particular occasions, and payphones (keep in mind these?). A minimal franchise payment of 1.4 % of revenues is required, though bidders can select to supply a better proportion in an effort to enhance their likelihood of profitable the contract.

The Nationwide Park Service estimates the concessionaire would require an preliminary funding of roughly $170,000, half of which will likely be for private property together with furnishings, fixtures, and tools. Different preliminary outlays embrace working capital and start-up bills for recruitment and workers coaching.

NPS estimated revenues for 2024 vary from $504,000 and $557,000, practically all of which circulation from lodging. The Nationwide Park Service will permit the concessionaire to set market-based charges. A payment will likely be permitted for wifi entry, which is anticipated to usher in roughly $10,000. Extra alternatives for revenues embrace merchandise gross sales (who wouldn’t desire a Level Reyes hostel T-shirt?), merchandising, and interpretive providers.

The contract’s efficient date for administration of the hostel is October 17, 2023. Formal proposals should be obtained by the Nationwide Park Service by midday PT on April 7.

David and Kay Scott are authors of “Exploring the Oregon Path” (Globe Pequot).


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