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Sleeping Around in Belgium
Sleeping Around is a new hotel concept combining three popular travel trends: pop-up venues, shipping container architecture and crowdsourcing. Basically, Sleeping Around is a village of four hotel rooms, a dining/lounge container and a sauna container. Within the last nine months, the hotel has traveled to three locations around Antwerp, including its present site on the Scheldt River. The Belgian cofounders—Geoffrey Stampaert, Didier Opdebeeck and Ellen Wezenbeek—are deciding where to relocate their containers based on reader input on the website. I emailed Wezenbeek for any updates about where Sleeping Around is heading next. She replied, “We are still busy with the new locations, so we can’t say anymore. We hope this will be online soon.” When asked about what past guests have liked the most, she said, “The guests like being close to Antwerp’s city center, the view, nice breakfast, design in the containers and the cosiness.” People also like the breakfast/bar container because it’s the one place where guests can meet each other “on-property” over a cup of Lily espresso in the morning or glass of gamay during sunset. For the room containers, each is equipped with a cushy bed, private rainshower, iPod docking station, wood floors, mini bar/sink, modular furnishings and air conditioning. The front side is floor-to-ceiling glass, and many guests leave their drapes open as is custom in many parts of northern Europe. Rates run $200 during the week; $270 on weekends.
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