Pop-up hotels put tourists in shipping containers, tents

Posted at 8:25 PM, Mar 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-25 20:25:06-04

Manhattan, NY – Talk about a whole new way to travel!

Hotels are hopping on the pop-up trend by putting people up in swanky shipping containers and luxurious tents.  Since the very essence of pop-up means they only exist for a small window of time, if you blink, you may miss this super-exclusive opportunity to travel trendy.

“Hotel companies set up hotel rooms, often in shipping containers or tents on a very temporary basis.  For example, in Edinburgh, Scotland during the music festival toward end of August, the population doubles so there’s a huge demand for hotel rooms.  So, SnoozeBox, company based in UK, set up a temporary hotel, 48 rooms built of shipping containers right in the heart of Olde Towne,” said Conde Nast Traveler Senior Editor John Newton.

If you stay in one of these shipping containers, you are not roughing it.  “They have WIFI, restaurants and bars, in-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, sofas,” said Newton, adding, “To stay in one of these pop-up hotels, you often have the best, most convenient location, and you’re not giving up amenities.”

Another company called Sleeping Around, based in Belgium, set up a bunch of shipping containers in the port of Antwerp.  “So, you’re getting a perspective on Antwerp that you can’t get if you’re staying a traditional hotel,” explained Newton.

The Pop-Up Hotel is another company that pitches luxurious tents.  “It’s called ‘Glamping’!” said Newton.  “The idea of bringing glamour to camping.  A lot of these luxurious tents have beds as nice as any bed you would get in a hotel room.  They are completely furnished, with in-suite showers.  It’s not like you’re not in a plastic pup tent at the side of the road.”

Design Hotels, the company behind the design of The Standard Hotel in Chelsea, designed pop-up hotel called Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico.  The bungalows were such a hit, they made them a permanent fixture.  Now, the company has its sights set on Mykonos, Greece, where the next pop-up will open in May.

The big benefit with these pop-up hotels, according to the experts, is that you are able to go to some very popular destinations and stay there for a lot less than if you were in a permanent hotel.