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CLEVELAND – It’s a first in northern Ohio and The Cleveland Hostel is already attracting people from around the world.

On Wednesday, the newest inn in Cleveland officially opened for business on West 25th Street. 

Dan Lew from Texas was one of the first guests to check-in. 

“I think this has surpassed our expectations of what a hostel should look like,” said Lew.

The concept is simple and cheap. 

The owner, from Ashtabula County, has been to almost 70 countries and wanted this European flair near his hometown. 

“I live here and I’m here every day, so I have my eyes on everything and I love being in the neighborhood, I love being in the city and I love sharing the city with all the guests that come,” said Mark Raymond.

Raymond is the one behind The Cleveland Hostel in Ohio City, where he renovated – what was – and empty building. 

“It was a warehouse space, so it just had four outside walls.  We put all the plumbing, electrical, all the rooms, everything in and we also put in the rooftop deck with the great views of downtown,” he explained.

According to Raymond, the hostel has 15 shared and private rooms for up to 60 guests. 

A single bed in a shared room costs $25 a night and private rooms are less than $80 a night.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was among those celebrating the revitalization of Ohio City, where businesses, restaurants and now a hostel are turning things around. 

“It attracts people, from not only around the region but around the world, who come to Cleveland, they see Cleveland, they experience Cleveland in a way that people may not,” said Mayor Jackson.

Guests from six different continents and over 15 different countries have already checked-in.  For more information, visit www.theclevelandhostel.com.