Out of the Box
Hotels transform containers into comfortable mobile lodging
Life / 12 Mar 2013
To stay apace with adventure-seeking travelers who don’t want to stay in conventional rooms, the hospitality industry has introduced portable container hotels that allow guests to stay in more off-the-beaten-path locales. These mobile digs — as practical as they are memorable — are popping up with increasing frequency across the globe.
Sleeping Around:
New Belgian hospitality company Sleeping Around recently launched a pop-up hotel that offers a unique overnight experience for travelers bored with the typical resort or boutique lodging. Accommodations are entirely portable, allowing them to be set up overlooking the water, in a park, or alongside a busy road. The elegantly sparse rooms, while housed in 20-foot-long recycled containers, boast amenities like air conditioning, walk-in showers, fine linens, and iPod docking stations. Additional crates contain a breakfast room, lounge space, and a sauna, meaning no one feels too boxed in. Sleeping Around is currently installed in Antwerp, but they are eyeing future locations.
Sleepbox Hotel:
Sleepboxes are mobile, modular rooms that can be placed in any location with an available power supply. The futuristic pods, designed by Russian studio Arch Group, were first created for use in transportation hubs (airports, bus terminals, train stations) where exhausted travelers often need to rest during long layovers. Earlier this year, the first Sleepbox Hotel opened in an old building in Moscow with more than 50 pods that guests can book for overnight stays or just a few hours. Accommodations are admittedly barebones but, unlike at most hostels, travelers are ensured privacy with single and double capsule options.
Snoozebox Hotel:
Shipping containers serve a variety of purposes, from displaying art to providing accommodations. British company Snoozebox offers the latter by transforming storage space into a modular, scalable hotel system that can be set up anywhere. Dubbed the Snoozebox Hotel, the portable lodge hosts 40-400 rooms which can provide supplementary housing during an event, a busy travel season, or a natural disaster. Similar to Sleeping Around, the Snoozebox Hotel can be built in atypical locations for nature-loving travelers who do not want to sleep outdoors. Each Snoozebox room is climate-controlled and, like most modern hotels, also has flat screen TVs and WiFi.
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