From furniture to broken surfboards, a lot of things are upcycled these days. However, few things are upcycled as effectively as shipping containers. These square structures are sturdy, affordable and just the right size for architects and designers to transform them into all kinds of spaces including hotels. Here are three of the world’s coolest shipping container hotels.
El Faro Beach Hotel
Located within a grassy, steep hillside, the El Faro Beach Hotel offers guests a view of one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Embracing its industrial architecture, the hotel’s exterior displays a monochromatic design. In keeping with the industrial theme, the guestrooms are decorated in black and white. Each room includes modern amenities like flat-screen televisions and Wi-Fi. Soaking tubs, mini-fridges and wet bars are also available in some rooms.
If you upgrade your room to a penthouse suite, you’ll have access to a private terrace, one where the beach views from the third-floor are especially picturesque. The hotel offers services like guided tours of the Manuel Antonio National Park, access to rafting and hiking trails. While staying at the El Faro Beach Hotel, you’ll be able to swim in the hotel’s two swimming pools and dine in an open-air restaurant that serves authentic Costa Rican cuisine.
Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort
When architects decide to construct a building using shipping containers, a major challenge is putting one together that doesn’t feel lackluster or too industrial. The design team behind the Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort used shipping containers for its hotel structure, and they did so without making it look like an industrial center.
This unique property is located in the Republic of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains at an elevation of 7,200 feet. It features spiral staircases, stunning wood paneling and minimalist furniture. These elements give the space a warm, homey feel. Adding to the quality of the space are the floor-to-ceiling windows in every common area and guestroom. This amenity provides an amazing view of the snowy mountains displayed outside.
If you find yourself in Germany, stay at the Dock Inn in Warnemunde. This busy German seaport features a definitive industrial look and the Dock Inn is a perfect fit with its brightly painted rooms, exposed concrete and abundance of glass. The exterior of this unique hotel features a stacked, staggered appearance. Since it is a hostel, it has 64 rooms with bunk beds and two shared bathrooms in addition to a common area that has a smart TV.
The Dock Inn comes with a number of high-end amenities such as a spa with a sauna, a gaming room and a theater room. Designed to be energy efficient, the Dock Inn operates completely on solar power. Every room of the inn offers guests a view of the city’s shipyard.
Luxurious and Ingenious
This list shows how clever architects and designers can be when it comes to up-cycling. From the El Faro in Costa Rica to the Dock Inn in Germany, these hotels are as luxurious as they are ingenious. If you find yourself in any of these cities, you’re sure to enjoy staying in one of these unique structures.
Davenport Laroche is a leading shipping container investment agency based out of Hong Kong.