Deidre Mathis

Wanderstay Hotels | Houston, TX

Making travel more accessible by offering affordable private and shared accommodations complete with an instant community.


The lobby at Wanderstay in Houston.

Company description…

Wanderstay Hotels aims to connect travelers from all over the globe. Guests love our social atmosphere, as well as our option for private and shared rooms. Our properties are designed to ensure that guests have all of the amenities of traditional accommodations but at an affordable rate.

I started my company because…

I have a passion for travel. After earning my master’s degree in 2014, I embarked on a travel gap year. During that year, I stayed in hostels in Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, and Thailand and fell in love with their affordability and the feeling of instant community fostered in the hostel environment. Simply put, I fell in love with the concept, and I knew I wanted to open a brand of my own in the United States. I started this business because I believe traveling changes lives and it should not just be a luxury. Additionally, I wanted to create a safe space where people from every corner of the world can meet as strangers and leave as friends.

The impact I want my company to have on the world…

Our responsibilities go beyond our properties. We foster and aid our local community. To continue this effort, we have implemented a 2-tier social impact plan:

  1. Wander Abroad Scholarship: our first scholarship will be presented to students in Spring 2020. A percentage of our annual revenue (coupled with donations and sponsorships) will send college students abroad for an educational and cultural experiences.
  2. Community Reinvestment: we encourage our guests to patronize local small businesses in our neighborhood because it helps give them an authentic Houston experience and it helps our neighbors stay in business.

Top 3 goals for my business are…

  1. Open three additional locations by 2024.
  2. Send 250 students abroad by 2025.
  3. Maintain an average of 60% occupancy annually for each location.

Women entrepreneurs are…

Necessary! Period.

I #EmbraceAmbition because…

I am deserving and worthy of living a fruitful and fulfilling life.

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