A while back I posted some pic of a container-style hotel, although actually converting containers to accommodation is very difficult, it is possible to build a new building that looks like stacked containers:
Travel in Europe remains affordable (for me, at least) in part because it is possible to still find reasonably priced accomodation in ideal (for the tourist) locations, ie close to train stations, the sights I want to see, and walkable areas. Last autumn, I never spent over $100cdn per night, even in Paris, Bruges, and Copenhagen.
In part that is because hotels may be older buildings, or have very small rooms. But I also found modern hotels at excellent prices. The contrast to travelling in North America is astonishing, where can one find a (safe) hotel in Ottawa for under $100?
When we say small, we mean small.
This room in a new container-style hotel had rooms 8′ wide by 13′ or so long. It accommodated three in a pinch.
The fold-down bed at the upper left wouldn’t fold up and stay up. Or at least I couldn’t make it.
And if we mosey over to that chair by the window, here’s the view back to the door:
As I said, about 13′ in length, ie length of the bed plus a narrow open closet on the right, then the phone booth sized bathroom. Note the kitchenette on a shelf, where I could make tea in the room which saves a fortune in Nordic countries. The rate of $93Cdn included a very nice buffet breakfast which some guests used to create take-away lunches too.
Peek into the bathroom …
Yes, there is a shower. Notice the curved ceiling track in the bathroom for the curtain. Extend the curtain, shower, step out of shower directly into your room. The walls of the bathroom are themselves the shower walls. Above the hot/cold taps are buttons to select water to the sink or water to the shower overhead.
Everything in these tiny hotel rooms was designed for efficiency, space saving, ease of maintenance, reduced labour costs … and kept the prices down which meant people like me can travel on a budget and still have excellent accommodation.
There are other chains of similar modern hotels with mini accomodation at low cost. Cabinn, Formula 51, some Ibis, etc.
In America it is possible to get older econo hotels for $24 – 79US, but they are usually along freeways and totally auto dependent. Not downtown. And not new, purpose built ones that I have been able to find.
When will these container-sized rooms with low prices come to Canada?