Life House is the first Silicon Valley-backed hotel to arrive in the U.S. — and it has its own social network to show for it.

By Siobhan Reid
Updated: October 30, 2018
Courtesy of Life House

It's hard enough to approach strangers in your own hometown, let alone on the road. Not only are there roadblocks like language barriers and cultural differences, there are also very real concerns about safety and getting around in an unfamiliar place. 

But now that Life House hotels has broken out onto the scene, solo travel struggles may soon be a thing of the past. The millennial-facing brand — the first Silicon Valley-backed hotel to arrive in the U.S. — is going beyond offering open-concept living areas, buzzy cocktail bars and on-site activities by rolling out its own social network. 

Courtesy of Life House

The mobile app (which is still in beta) allows guests to interact with each other, as well as locals who have been vetted by the community. Whether you want to meet up with other guests for a drink or hang out with a local in a cool part of town, the app makes it easier than ever to make spontaneous plans with like-minded travelers.

Today marks the launch of the tech-centric brand, which is set to open its first location in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in December, followed by a second location in South Beach in April 2019. The Little Havana property has stylish rooms with Le Labo toiletries, a rooftop pool, and one of the only bars and restaurants in Miami with panoramic skyline views.

Life House's hotels will feature amenities and programming that are specific to the vibrant communities they’re set in, but all will share design-forward interiors (think: herringbone floor, vintage furniture and edgy artwork) and a mix of shared and private accommodations.

Another selling point: there will always be an option that costs less than $150 per night no matter the location or season.

With more than 20 hotels slated to open in the U.S. by the end of 2019, this affordable yet luxurious hotel brand is one to keep an eye on.

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