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Only tried the Brooklyn property and this review is from a one week experience.
Overall the concept is great, the spaces are nice, the people staying here are great. We possibly got here in a bad week but in any case a few tweaks and the experience could be amazing.
Some people come here for just 3 days and other for a few months, and many of the people spend most of their day working from here, meaning it's more like a hybrid hotel/co-working space so everything should be cleaned much more regularly, since some people may potentially never see the place clean.
We arrived to filthy towels in all the bathrooms.
Showers blocked up/didn't drain.
Found eggs in the fridge that were 2 1/2 months old. The fridge looks like it hadn't been cleaned in months.
We were one towel short and it took a couple of days to get one.
If someone has to come in to clean a guests room it would seem to me to be smart to clean the bathrooms and Kitchen while they are here so that new guests see a clean space when they start (first impressions matter).
All the issues were communicated to Outsite (one of them was living here) and they had no real response except to say that the cleaners come once a week, ask other guests and the community manager has left...If you are going to have an Outsite person staying here they need to show off the values of the brand by being social, engage with the guests maybe even take the opportunity to check on the experience.
There is supposed to be a community manager, we missed out on that since there wasn't one when we arrived and whilst someone was hired it was at the very end of our stay.
This property is not exclusive to Outsite members (when we were here only one other guest was a member). Also turns out people booking via Airbnb can get more or less the same prices as a member which was disappointing. Plus they can book the room with a months notice.
(We've tried to book multiple times and it's always been booked out for the dates we wanted ...now we know why), perhaps better to fill the spaces with member offers first and then have last minute availability on Airbnb.
The people staying here are all very nice and friendly (no matter how they booked) which tells me the vetting process isn't needed.
So overall, the concept is good, there is a need for something like this, but the execution falls short of what it should be to really be a great brand. When things go wrong it's so much better to be friendly, proactive and maybe even a little apologetic with a few statement like "we are working hard to sort things out" , would make a difference and buy them some consideration.
The majority of people staying here would/should be members but I suspect they constantly miss that opportunity to convert people.
After staying in Outsite San Diego for the least couple of weeks, I'm really blown away by how nice it is. I had reservations about co-living because I usually prefer to have my own place, but the way the house is set up, it doesn't feel crowded at all. The people who I've met are mature and have their sh*t together, so it's an economical way to stay in a really nice place, have a great place to work, and stay social effortlessly.
The idea is noble and looks like it would be something that only a specific market would consider. Being a digital nomad, there's not only 1 night involved, but can be one or two months at least involved, making this expensive. The service IMO it's like HomeAway except that you brand the experience around the idea of co-working alone or with other people in the house. So my question is this:
What stops AirBnB/HomeAway to offer the same experience on their platform, which given a few adjustments on their end, they could potentially do the same, except they would not charge a per year exclusivity fee, and prices are roughly the same on houses, plus you have more options?
I stumbled upon Outsite a year ago. Since then I stayed at the locations in Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe. The Outsite locations are the best places for escaping your daily grind and networking with open-minded people from all around the globe. I count my stays at Outsite locations to one of the best experiences I've had working abroad. This is why I can't wait until the end of this month when I'm finally staying at their new location in Hawaii! 🏄 🌴
Outsite is an amazing service for remote workers and travelers alike. Unlike other coliving/cotravel options, Outsite is more flexible and allows you to live your own life and visit their locations on your time. Also they have a curated community of awesome people!
I started using Outsite last May and have really loved going to their coworking locations. I get just as much work done there as I do in the city, plus they have new and interesting spaces for me to shoot videos (I do an On Storytelling vlog for aspiring writers), and a whiteboard for me to brainstorm new product features. I've been a virtual worker for 10+ years and am so glad to finally see companies giving us new offerings to support this lifestyle. Highly recommend.
A frequent guest of Outsite at san diego and venice beach. A stay usually over delivers in terms of experience. A positive, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
We used Outsite for a team retreat in Santa Cruz. Everyone had a great time and came back with very nice memories. The culture is very friendly and open-minded and you get to mingle and do fun activities with very interesting and diverse people. The Outsite team seems to really love what they do and it shows; they will do the extra mile to offer the best experience. Great time, great stories, looking forward to do it again!
I went 2 weeks to the amazing house the have in Santa Cruz.