7 Pop-Up Hotels Worth Traveling For
Temporary retreats appeal to guests looking to stay in unique and unexpected spaces.
Check out the latest wave of here-for-now hotels.
For some, choosing a hotel is a far less important aspect of vacation-planning than deciding where to travel. But in recent years, pop-up hotels have been jumping on the glamping trend and enticing travelers to retreat to unexpected spaces and settings. After all, pop-up hotels have the advantage of accommodating guests in places that traditional hotels can't, immersing visitors in festival locations, national parks and other unique locations. Plus, temporary pop-ups appeal to eco-conscious globetrotters searching for accommodations that leave minimal impact on the environment. So, if you're toying with the idea of staying in an atypical retreat, read on to discover fleeting and worthwhile pop-up hotels worth traveling for.
Founded in 1989, Icehotel is a seasonally operated pop-up hotel in northern Sweden, created by hand-carving artisans each winter for visitors looking for a home base to watch the northern lights. You can also venture to Icehotel 365, which is operational year-round and offers the chance to enjoy cocktails at the hand-carved icebar. Both destinations are set against the backdrop of mountains by the Torne River, one of Sweden's largest and virtually untouched rivers.
Black Tomato, an upscale travel company, recently unveiled a new concept: Blink, a temporary high-end hotel pop-up available in remote, hard-to-reach locations. Hotels are customized according to your desired location, from yurts to tropical villas to canvas accommodations, and they are available everywhere – from safari locations in Africa to ski destinations in Switzerland. Whether you want to travel to sand dunes in Morocco or the Bolivian Andes, Black Tomato can offer luxurious accommodations to fit your needs.
New York and California
Terra Glamping was founded in 2016 by a couple who produced glamping events with their tour company, TerraVelo Tours. The couple wanted to create a four-star hotel experience in enchanting natural settings, where guests lounge and sleep in high-end, safari-style tents. With Terra Glamping, you can spend days hiking and biking, before returning to a hot shower with s'mores under the stars. Terra Glamping offers locations in Northern California looking over the Pacific Ocean and in New York City's Fort Tilden, a seasonal beachside pop-up in Queens, New York.
The Zandhotel in the Netherlands consists of two pop-up accommodations constructed completely out of sand and reinforced walls. The temporary retreats feature traditional amenities, including running water, showers and comfortable beds. The Zandhotel is also decorated with elaborate sand sculptures and boasts medieval touches. Best of all for budget-minded guests, nightly rates are comparable to a bed-and-breakfast.
The Pop-Up Hotel
The United Kingdom
The Pop-Up Hotel's name says it all. The retreat enables festivalgoers to have a prime location and elevated lodging in the great outdoors. The first outpost debuted at the Glastonbury Festival in 2011, the U.K.'s largest music festival. Accommodations include everything from yurts to bell tents to canvas tents to Airstreams to huts. However, for events on the festival circuit, expect the price tag to match the scope of the event. Still, if you're willing to splurge, you can rest assured that you won't be roughing it as you enjoy an upscale glamping experience.
The United Kingdom
Snoozebox offers portable accommodations for major events such as the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland and the Summer Olympics in London. Snoozebox uniquely specializes in using shipping containers as their prime portable accommodation, with the perk of air-conditioned spaces. While Snoozebox typically provides accommodations for events and festivals, it's also used commercially for work events across Europe.
The Nomad Pop-Up Hotel
The Nomad is a pop-up hotel based in Portugal set in hard-to-reach countryside and coastline locations. If you want to embrace the spirit of a nomad, the company will meet you with canvas bell tents to create pop-up accommodations in an inspiring natural setting. Stay for a week or a season – it's up to you. You can take your pick from a rustic, no-frills tent or a temporary tent outfitted with electricity. Plus, you can enjoy a pop-up food truck service.
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