From the article:
Sleeping Around is the new concept that operates as a “pop-up hotel”, i.e. not at a fixed location. They recycle and reuse six, 20 feet-tall, abandoned containers in order to create an accommodation facility that is able to move and pop up in unique locations.
In their own words: “Our pop-up hotel offers a readymade answer: a compact yet luxurious hotel room, equipped with all the mod cons: a box-spring bed, rain shower, iPod docking station and air conditioning – all contained in a 20ft recycled sea container.”
So the containers are made in China, shipped overseas full of cargo, and then ditched because it would cost too much to send them back empty. These guys pick them up and convert each of them into transportable private rooms. They drop six of them at tonight’s location and voilà! Instant hotel.
I wonder how they go about getting the permits to set up a temporary hotel.
It will run you 150€-200€ per night to sleep in a shipping container. That seems a bit steep to me, but I’m sure that there are plenty of people who would pay, if for nothing more than the novelty factor. For the price of a hostel’s private room, however, I would be happy to give them a shot.
I like the concept. Maybe a hostel with some property to play with could set up a few of these out back to add private rooms with a personality.
Some places have done a similar conversion with concrete drain pipes, but this sounds like it would be a lot more comfortable.