Similar to the portable nature of the container hotel, the pop-up hotel is another trend that has been, literally, popping up all over the world.
Shelter Co., located in California, is a pop-up lodging service that provides luxury tents to people or groups looking for an overnight outdoor experience. The company provides fully furnished European style canvas tents and all necessary amenities for group camping trips, weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and music festivals. Amenities included Pendleton blankets, cowhide rugs, and leather butterfly chairs. Even a solar shower, fireplace, and Adirondack chairs await guests just outside their room. The two-night stay cost about $2,000, though guests can splurge on add-on services: a full-service butler or a private yoga instructor.
But Shelter Co. is not alone. Several hoteliers have created pop-up accommodations to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for their guests. The Pop-Up Hotel, in England, is similar to Shelter Co., but works in conjunction with special events such as Glastonbury Festival. Pop-up hotels in particular sometimes overlap with another travel trend—”glamping,” a more glamorous, upscale version of camping. However, not all pop-up hotels come in tents. Locations like A Room for London (a art installation/boat that sleeps two and features a kitchenette, bathroom, library and viewing deck that boasts the best views in London) or Papaya Playa Project in Mexico.
The Mexican outpost launched in 2011 with an emphasis on ecotourism and sustainability. They use local materials in the structure of our cabanas and in the restaurant, nothing is [sourced] further away than 100 km. Papaya Playa’s earthy ethos includes unplugging from modern conveniences; they have limited electricity and wireless access. Accommodations range from rustic, shared jungle cabanas to spacious, oceanfront casitas with private decks.
Images: Papayaplayaproject.com, thepopuphotel.com, shelter-co.com