Stephanie Rosenbloom of the New York Times covers Pop-up Hotels: Rooms with a Fleeting View. She notes the benefits:
Temporary hotels allow travelers to sleep in unique spaces (boats, tricked-out shipping containers) and forbidden places (public parks, racetracks). The hotels also enable festivalgoers around the world to upgrade from sleeping bags and tents to rooms with beds, rain showers and iPod docking stations.
TreeHugger has covered a few of the ones listed in the Times. Here's our take:
TreeHugger Bonnie won the lottery to stay in A Room For London, a boat moored on the roof of the Southbank Centre in London, calling it "an unforgettable experience."
The whole experience is completely eccentric, yet endearing.
The River Thames is such an important part of London's history and the staying on the boat makes you feel part of this old and maritime continuum. There is a sense of wildness and isolation in the height and positioning of the boat.
So many designers are excited about welding shipping containers into buildings, but the fact is, shipping containers were designed to move. That's why they have fixed dimensions designed for freight, and not people; so that they can be picked up by cranes and plopped on ships, trucks and trains. They don't want to sit still.
That's why the wonderfully named Sleeping Around hotel is so interesting; it wants to move too.
Shipping containers are not just metal boxes, they are part of a transportation system. Without the trailers, cranes and ships designed to handle them quickly and cheaply, they would be just packing cases. That's why I have never been much of a fan of most shipping container architecture, where they are thought as just metal boxes, and why I love projects like the Snoozebox Portable Hotel, which demonstrates how this incredible transportation infrastructure can be put to work.