Sustainability continues to be a rising trend these days, and when it comes to travel, more and more people across the world try to choose environmentally friendly hotel options. Upcycling allows for a very creative use of some unexpected everyday objects, providing quite unique and unforgettable accommodation experience!
In a recent survey commisioned by Booking.com, almost three quarters (73%) of global travelers stated, that they intend to stay at least once in an eco-friendly or green accommodation in 2020. This rising trend allows not only for a better use of waste materials, giving them a second life, but also gives people chance to salvage and transform their environment in order to create unique travel experience that would bring in crowds of customers.
Ccasa Hostel, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Simply made of 12 brightly colored shipping containers put on top of each other, it’s located just minutes away from Hong Chong Beach in Nha Trang. All rooms feature comfortable bunk beds with individual curtains and reading lamps.
The unusual vibe of the hostel extends to several colorful, multifunctional spaces. Prepare to be amazed by the its industrial design …
… and a cool, giant, hammock-style net beds at the rooftop. It’s a perfect place for relaxing after a busy day spent on sightseeing and exploring the neighbourhood!
Winebox Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
Situated in the picturesque Valparaiso – a colorful coastal city north of Santiago, and surrounded by the famous Aconcagua, Casablanca and Leida wineries, Hotel Winebox Valparaiso is the first hotel in South America to be built from previously used shipping containers. Old pallets, bottles, and bathtubs are used to create unique vibe and decor.
As the name suggests, the hotel is also a winery. Guests are invited not only to sample the local grapes, but also to participate in the wine making process (during the harvest season).
DOCK INN Hostel Warnemünde, Warnemunde, Germany
North of the center of Rostock, along the Baltic coast of Germany, you’ll find an eco-friendly hostel built from shipping containers. They are in perfect harmony with harbor around it. The industrial design uses recycled materials in every possible way, and is mainly powered by solar energy. Apart from dormitories it also offers private rooms for those who want to have a whole container for themselves.
To feel the real vibe of the place and take advantage of its dockside location, you should visit the rooftop sauna, which offers an unforgettable view of the shipyard and cranes. In addition, after a busy day of traveling around the city, you can relax by watching a movie at inhouse cinema made of…yes, a recycled shipping container.
The Yays – Crane Apartment, Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most extraordinary ideas for upcycling…a crane! Built in 1957 and converted into Crane Apartment in 2017, offers luxurious, industrial-style apartments overlooking the IJ river in northeast Amsterdam. As an integral part of the Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, is in perfect harmony with the surrounding area, retaining many original features of the monumental port crane it originally was.
All apartments have a modern kitchen, comfortable lounge and seating area, spacious bathroom and a cozy bedroom with breathtaking views over IJ. Guests who are interested in the history of the harbor can listen to stories recorded by the crane’s last operator!
StowAway Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
Built with 26 refurbished containers, StowAway Waterloo is ideally suited for those looking for an eco-friendly housing option in central London. Based on the innovative concept of more efficient use of city space, these very compact but cozy apartments will be convenient for short as well as long term stay in the city.
After checking in with a smartphone app, guests can relax at the hotel’s wine bar and restaurant. But if you enjoy to preparing your own meals, all the apartments come with an equipped kitchenette.
Pig Dive Hostel Moalboal, Moalboal, Philippines
Situated just a short bus ride from the picturesque Panagsama Beach, it is completely made of transport containers and recycled materials. The hostel is very popular with divers who often travel to this small town on the southwest coast of Cebu Island. Moalboal is also a an excellent base to explore the stunning Kawasan Waterfalls, which are situated only a short drive south.
After whole day spent on the beach, guests can relax on the rooftop and enjoy the sunset.