Shipping Container Hotels

International Container Cabins & Intermodal Inns

This week, we're taking a second look at exciting uses of shipping containers in hotels and hospitality. These amazing experiences are great examples of the versatility, durability, and eco-friendliness of used shipping containers and modular construction. 

Contained (Australia)

📸: Contained


Heading to the land down under, we’ll check out a unique shipping container pop-up hotel concept, Contained. Built using 20 ft. shipping containers, this delightful boutique hotel experience travels through Australia’s most breathtaking wine regions. Most recently, these self-sufficient, solar-powered lodgings were touring through three of Victoria’s premier wineries. The design of these units feature neutral tones, plenty of natural light, high-end finishes, and a fold-out awning to create a peaceful covered porch. 


In addition to the stunning vistas and gorgeous furnishings of these spaces, they feature innovative design to create an eco-luxury getaway with a net zero carbon footprint.

Alterra Glamping (Argentina)

📸: Alterra Glamping


In stunning Pinamar, you’ll find this quaint oasis where art, nature, and sustainability are wed. This eco-focused glamping experience consists of two 20-foot intermodal containers, designed to minimize the environmental impact and maximize the natural resources surrounding the spaces. The minimalist design of the rooms with soft-neutral color palettes and floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the room with light complement the serene landscape. The enclosures are hermetic and have thermal insulation, allowing for more efficient heating and cooling; the use of LED lighting and natural lighting generate ample energy savings.

Dock Inn (Germany)

📸: Dock Inn


The Dock Inn is a mammoth intermodal container structure in a shipyard in Warnemünde, Germany. This is the first luxury hostel in Germany to be constructed with recycled shipping containers. The industrial feel of the space, with polished concrete and exposed ductwork, is delightfully complimented by bright splashes of color. The amenities here are truly phenomenal: workstations, a climbing wall, a bar, a movie theatre, and a rooftop sauna!


Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay (Malaysia)

📸: Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay


Surrounded by the lush, supple Sekinchan paddy fields, Farm Ville Cafe and Homestay is a vibrant gem in its surroundings. Built out of recycled shipping containers of various sizes, there are ample cozy rooms and the following amenities on-site: a cafe, a pool, a putting green, and a rooftop trampoline where you can enjoy the stunning sunsets. With local temples, orchards, and a wharf nearby to explore, this little slice of heaven is a beautiful respite.

Sleeping Around (Belgium)

📸: Sleeping Around


Our final stop on this tour is in Belgium, where the pop-up container hotel concept Sleeping Around offers compact luxury all over scenic Antwerp. Floating platforms support 20-foot storage containers with crisp, modern, minimal design and plentiful natural light. The spaces are fully equipped with floating box spring beds, an en suite bathroom with rain shower, and a terrace with a view, all in a modest 160 sq. feet. Produced only with ecologically responsible materials, this delightful lodging features luxury that honors the environment.

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Written by Container Guru / December 3, 2020

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