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Shipping Container Hotels: 5 Spots For Alternative Accommodation On Your Next Adventure

Shipping Container Hotels: 5 Spots For Alternative Accommodation On Your Next Adventure

For those who enjoy all things 'out of the ordinary', chances are one of those creature comforts has to be seeking out trendy, alternative places to stay while visiting a new place. Enter: Shipping Container Hotels. These funky factions of respite take the term 'up-cycle' to a whole new level. And when we say 'up-cycle', we're not talking about a couple coats of paint, some cozy patchwork boho-chic blankets and pillows, and a string or two of twinkle lights artfully strung at the head of a bed.

We're talking ingenious feats of engineering and architectural creativity on a whole different scale. If you're interested in staying somewhere a little more unique than your average hotel or Airbnb, then aim to stay in one of these awesome converted hotels on your next trip abroad, and help support these businesses that are doing their part to respect Mother Nature and all things sustainable.

CCASA Hotel | Nha Trang, Vietnam

Photo: Quang Dam

With Eco-conscious design, reused materials, and a delicate blend of cozy and industrial are what make up the CCASA Hotel. The Hotel aims to give its guests a comfortable and affordable stay while keeping the environment in the forefront of their business practices. Here you can enjoy refreshing drink in the community lounge bar, or head up to the rooftop terrace for a mid-day hammock nap. Whatever you do here, you'll be sure to enjoy yourself and save a couple bucks in the process.

Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort | Gudauri, Georgia

Photo Courtesy of Quadrum Yoga and Ski Resort

For all you Ski and Snowboard junkies who also enjoy a little yogic flow, this cozy little resort in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains (7200 feet up to be exact) is the perfect getaway for you. Made from naturally sourced materials, these insulated and revamped shipping containers come with all the bells and whistles needed for a relaxing mountain escape. Not to mention gorgeous views of the slopes from the sliding glass doors and balconies that come with each unit. Skip the Swiss Chalet this winter and head straight to Quadrum

Contained | Melbourne, Sydney, & Victoria, Australia

Photo: Jiwon Kim

You've heard of the term pop-up shop, but what about pop-up hotels? Say whaaat? These pop-up shipping container hotels are all over Australia, a country notoriously known for drawing in adventurous tourists from all over the world. Self-sufficient and solar-powered, these units are as comfortable as can be and feature fold-out awnings and deck for a truly unique glamping experience. Rain barrels, wood stoves, and even pools can accompany these cubic wonders of accommodation. Be sure to check their websiteto find out where they pop-up next!

Container Cabin in the Catskills | Saugerties, New York

Photo Courtesy of Cabin in the Catskills

This epic Airbnb listingis an outdoorsy traveler's dream! This container cabin is pretty much as off the grid as you can get. Solar-powered and pet-friendly, this cabin comes complete with wood stove, record player, and cozy kitchenette. Keeping with the eco-responsible theme of this place, the composting toilet and solar shower are located about 40 feet away from the container itself. Go for a hike during the day and explore the forested beauty of the Catskills Mountains, then come back and relax in the wood-fire hot tub with a nice cold beer.

Farm Ville Cafe and Homestay | Sekinchan, Malaysia

Photo Courtesy of Farm Ville Cafe and Homestay

When you think of touring Southeast Asia, the image that comes to mind is one of rickety wood framed hostels full of backpackers and budget-conscious free spirited types, but why not switch up the experience for one in this awesome shipping container? Farm Ville Cafe and Homestayoverlooking gorgeously green paddy fields is a quirky, cozy and fun-loving place to put your feet up while traveling abroad. With its epic sunsets, a roof top trampoline, and even a putting green, what more could you ask for in alternative accommodation? 

Which hotel would you stay in? Which country would you travel to? Share with us in the comments below!

Featured Image: Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

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