Refrigerated semi-trailers transformed into hotel rooms on wheels

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At the same time, more and more travelers crave vacations in unconventional accommodations, whether in tiny homes or converted Airstreams, according to data from Airbnb.

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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According to Good Spot, it is the “first chain of mobile hotels in Poland”.

the Good Spot mobile hotel on a site

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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Good Spot may operate in an isolated area, but it has already proven the concept’s success: This summer all rooms were booked, Good Spot founder Roman Sokolowski told Insider in an email interview. .

a room inside a Good Spot hotel mobile unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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“The arrival of the pandemic had completely changed the perception of my project,” said Sokolowski. “He was recognized as innovative and timeless.”

the kitchen inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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The hotel rooms on wheels were designed by Polish architectural firm Znamy siÄ™.

renderings of mobile units of Good Spot hotels in different environments

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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In the past, some companies have used recycled empty shipping containers – which are currently facing a shortage – as the basis of their tiny homes.

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The exterior of Josh McBee’s shipping container house.

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But Good Spot and Znamy SiÄ™ take a slightly different approach, using retired refrigerated semi-trailers once used to deliver goods like food. These trailers then serve as the base for their tiny homes, making hotel rooms completely mobile (as opposed to just portable).

close-up of a window on a Good Spot mobile hotel while it is on a field

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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Semi-trailer hotel rooms have the same nostalgic appearance of an Airstream “silver bullet” trailer with interior fittings that mimic the functionality of a motorhome, according to its manufacturer.

the Good Spot mobile hotel on a site

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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But besides the flashy appearance and “small saloon” appeal, the use of semi-trailers serves several functional purposes. On the one hand, the trailers are already insulated, which allows them to withstand temperatures below the freezing point.

the bathroom inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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It also cuts production time and costs while making hotel rooms more sustainable, Sokolowski said.

the terrace of a Good Spot mobile hotel while it is on a site

The terrace of a Good Spot mobile hotel.


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“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, moving from a linear waste management system to a circular system, ”Sokolowski said.

the kitchen inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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And because the units are mobile, they can follow tourists through changing regional and seasonal demands, ensuring the units are always profitable.

the Good Spot mobile hotel on a site

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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“[Good Spot] meets the needs of a modern user who is constantly on the move, ”Znamy siÄ™ told Insider in an email interview.

the back of a Good Spot mobile hotel on a

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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The trailer will likely crush the grass it was placed on, but other than that, hotel rooms won’t leave much of a physical impact on the environment, according to Sokolowski.

the Good Spot mobile hotel on a site

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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The team also wants the final model to be powered entirely by solar energy and collected rainwater, which means the eco-friendly units won’t need any electrical or plumbing hookups.

the kitchen, bedroom and living room inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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Sourcing shipping containers can be tricky amid the supply chain nightmare, but luckily for Good Spot, refrigerated semi-trailers were easy for the Poland-based team to access.

two Good Spot mobile hotel units outside

The Good Spot mobile hotel.


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The country has a robust road transport system, more so than other modes of freight transport, according to a 2019 report from Nippon Express.

the kitchen, bedroom and living room inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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Source: Nippon Express

As a result, “Poland’s share of freight turnover (excluding sea and air transport) has remained relatively stable… so the refrigerated trailer fleet is almost unlimited,” Sokolowski explained.

a room inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit

Inside a Good Spot mobile hotel unit.


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