Temporary & Terrific: Pop-Up Hotels

Temporary & Terrific: Pop-Up Hotels

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 13, 2011

There seems to be an ever-growing, doesn't-look-to-be-stopping trend of temporary, fabulous, "pop-up" things. Restaurants pop-up, delighting us with great dishes and themes, and then are gone. Pop-up shops do much the same thing: stay a little while and then are disassembled. The newest field to delve into the world of pop-ups are hotels, but they're doing it for a much more practical reason.

It seems hotels and other businesses have started to realize that during times of peak usage — festivals, events, concerts — some cities just can't accommodate everyone who needs a room. But of course, it wouldn't be economical to build permanent hotels for all the extra people during peak times — those rooms would just end up sitting empty all other times of the year. That's where the idea of pop-up hotels comes in handy, and though not many have taken a leap on this new kind of hotel model, the ones who have, have not disappointed. In fact, we find the pop-up hotels that have existed to be creative and refreshing — it's fun experiencing a place you know won't be around forever; it definitely makes the stay memorable and unique! Here are a few pop-up hotels that have existed in recent years:

1, 2) LLOVE Pop-up Hotel in Tokyo
3) The Quotel Polish Pop-Up Hotel
4) The Merlion Pop-up Hotel in Singapore
5) Tim Pyne's M-Hotel

Have you stayed at a pop-up hotel before? Will you be looking for one at your next vacation destination? What do you think about pop-up hotels? Got any inside information on pop-up hotels you're willing to divulge?!

Images: 1,2: LLOVE; 3: Frame Mag via Inhabitat; 4: Liezel Strauss, Desmond Foo, Nuria Ling, Tatzu Nishi (via DesignBoom) and m-hotel website

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