Founded by Japanese entrepreneur ‘Rei Matsuda’, Kokotel opened its first property in Bangkok in 2016. Kokotel currently has 13 projects, including 5 under-development properties, in Thailand and Laos.
Kokotel is a start-up to operate hospitality properties under the mission of "Create 'Wow' by overwriting common sense". It provides a solution for guests to have an experience of ‘affordable, cozy and fun’, while it helps property owners to enjoy business and emotional return from an asset without operational burdens by Kokotel's Centralized and Property Operation Contract (CPOC) which is an outsourcing service scheme to operate a small to medium scale property (50-200 rooms). The Centralized and Property Operation Contract can help owners lower staff cost by 40%
Located in a quiet area within the Sirinat National Park, Kokotel Phuket Nai Yang Beach is a newly built project from a greenfield only a few minutes away from the beach. The property offers 58 guest rooms and expects to open in 2020.
“I Love how Kokotel manages the properties professionally, while still being flexible and very accessible to the owners. There’s a real feeling of mutual trust and you know that they aren’t going to take advantage of you.” said Aridhat Roengkarn, the owner of Nopboon Co.,Ltd., owning company of Kokotel Phuket Nai Yang Beach.
Another Kokotel property is a conversion project from an existing building that is slated to be opened in Q2 / 2020 is Kokotel Phuket Old Town, located in a bustling district of Phuket, surrounded by local vendors and shops. This 49 room property offering easy access to Ratchada Pier, which is perfect for island hoppers.
“Our impression of Kokotel was amazing after our first visit to their properties, and we really felt like the concept is right for our location and is just what we are looking for.'' said a spokesperson for the Watsana Songsriin Co., Ltd., which owns Kokotel Phuket Old town.
Both properties boast signature Kokotel Sliders for guests with kids (or young at heart guests), along with a Kokotel Sheep at the entrance of the hotel to provide a warm welcome to all of its guests with a touch of Japanese hospitality.
“I’m very excited to be working on some of these great projects on the island which will be attracting tourists globally. Phuket Old Town has traditionally been the center of cultural and economic activities on the island, while Nai Yang beach is one of the most up and coming tourism spots there which is experiencing amazing growth. Together with our existing property at Patong beach, I trust that we can strategically locate ourselves across the island.”
Since my first visit there right before the tragic tsunami of 2004, Phuket has always been my favorite island due to its diversity, including so much nature and activities. It will be my honor to be contributing to local tourism and to the economy through our activities there.
We are currently discussing with owners of various other opportunities within the island. So, many more will come” said Rei Matsuda, CEO of Kokotel.