European hospitality startup uses tiny mobile homes as hotel rooms

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If you’ve been wondering since the summer travel boom began, you’re not alone.


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In October 2021, German hospitality startup Raus began renting cabins in remote locations near Belin, giving city dwellers a respite nearby.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields at night.


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Raus hasn’t been in business for a year yet, but the company is already seeing high demand and thousands of people on its waiting list, Raus co-founder Julian Trautwein told Insider.

Stairs to a black Raus cabin.


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Operating tiny homes in off-grid locations is not a new concept in hospitality.

A bed and a dining table next to a large window showing the view of nature


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In the US, companies like Getaway House and Moliving are doing just that, appealing to travelers who are tired of standard hotels and want to get away from the cities.

A Moliving unit sits on top of a hill.

A mobile unit.

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And like other successful startups in the tiny hotel-turned-boutique space, Raus is enjoying great success in Germany.

A bed, a kitchen, a table with chairs and windows showing the nature outside


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During COVID-19, more and more travelers have started looking for remote vacations to recharge and disconnect from crowded cities.

A glowing Raus cabin with the lights on at night


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At the same time, eco-friendly vacations have steadily grown in popularity amid our current climate crisis.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by tall trees.


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And let’s not forget everyone’s favorite topic: money.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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Inflation and rising airfare and gas costs have recently prompted more travelers to consider nearby destinations.

A close up of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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It is therefore not surprising that the 10 sites in Raus have enjoyed resounding success and almost uninterrupted activity.

A look inside a Raus cabin with a bed, dining table, kitchen, windows with a view of nature.


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The first cabin was designed in-house and put in place in October 2021.

An aerial view of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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Soon after, Raus was “overwhelmed” by public interest, Trautwein said.

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All of its units have achieved over 95% occupancy since the deployment of the first Raus cabin.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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When the company opened reservations through October for one of its newest builds, travelers booked the cabin within 48 hours.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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And Raus now has a waiting list of nearly 2,600 people, Trautwein said. Insider checked the waitlist.

Sun shining through the window in a Raus cabin with a daybed, bed.


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To generate all this hype, the brand relies on two cabin models.

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The first can accommodate up to two people, while the second, designed with an architectural firm, can accommodate up to four people.

The view from a Raus hut near the trees.


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No matter the model, all of Raus’ tiny houses are based on wheels…

A bed, kitchen, daybed with windows showing nature outside


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…which reduces the units’ impact on the environment and allows the cabins to be moved according to the needs of the company.

A Raus cabin outdoors in nature surrounded by trees


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Raus knows that many of his customers are looking to disconnect from major cities, so his locations are listed by level of remoteness and “on-grid” versus “off-grid” on his website.

A Raus hut in nature surrounded by trees and a house nearby


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“We wanted to create spaces for people to take time out and take care of themselves,” Trautwein said.

A close up of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.


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The cabins, which are each sustainably built in six weeks, have been designed to feel like a boutique hotel room so that the stay “feels like an experience”, he said.

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Cabins start at €160 (about $167) per night with a minimum stay of two nights.

A look inside a Raus cabin with a bed, dining table, kitchen, windows with a view of nature.


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Inside, there are amenities like a queen bed…

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… large bay windows for a view of nature …

Windows that show the outside trees and fields from inside the Raus kitchen


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… and bathroom with shower and dry toilets.

A black minimalist shower inside a Raus cabin.


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