At the same time, more travelers have been craving vacations in unconventional accommodations, whether it be in tiny homes or converted Airstreams, according to data from Airbnb.
Now, in a bid to attract this increasingly popular niche, Polish company Good Spot has debuted its environmentally friendly hotel room on wheels.
According to Good Spot, it’s the “first mobile hotel chain in Poland.”
Source: Good Spot
Good Spot may be operating in a lone field, but it has already proven the concept’s success: This summer, every room was booked out, Roman Sokolowski, the founder of the Good Spot, told Insider in an email interview.
“The arrival of the pandemic had completely changed the perception of my project,” Sokolowski said.”It was recognised as innovative and timeless.”
The hotel rooms on wheels were designed by Polish architecture firm Znamy się.
Source: Znamy się
In the past, some companies have used upcycled empty shipping containers — which are currently facing a shortage — as the base of their tiny homes.
But Good Spot and Znamy się are taking a slightly different approach by using retired refrigerator semi-trailers once used to deliver goods like food. These trailers then serve as the base of their tiny homes, making the hotel rooms completely mobile (as opposed to just portable).
The semi-trailer hotel rooms have the same nostalgic appearance of a “silver bullet” Airstream trailer with an interior layout that mimics the functionality of a camper van, according to its maker.
Source: Znamy się
But besides the flashy appearance and “tiny living” appeal, using semi-trailers has several functional purposes. For one, the trailers are already insulated, allowing them to withstand below-freezing temperatures.
It also cuts the production time and costs while making the hotel rooms more sustainable, Sokolowski said.
“While semi-trailer manufacturers have developed refrigerated trailers for the sole purpose of transporting goods, we have found a new use for them in the tourism industry, thus changing it from a linear waste management system to a circular one,” Sokolowski said.
And because the units are mobile, they can follow tourists through the changing regional and seasonal demands, ensuring that the units are always profitable.
“[Good Spot] responds to the needs of a modern user who is constantly on the move,” Znamy się told Insider in an email interview.
The trailer will likely crush the grass it’s been placed on, but other than that, the hotel rooms won’t leave much of a physical impact on the environment, according to Sokolowski.
The team also wants to make the final model completely solar and collected rainwater powered, which means the environmentally friendly units won’t need any electrical or plumbing connections.
Sourcing shipping containers may be difficult amid the ongoing supply chain nightmare, but luckily for Good Spot, refrigerated semi-trailers have been easy for the Poland-based team to access.
The country has a robust road transport system, more so than other modes of goods transport, according to a 2019 report from Nippon Express.
Source: Nippon Express