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Tiny House Hotels Are On the Rise

by Susan Finch

Sep 8, 2019

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The tiny home trend has gone mainstream with communities popping up around the country, like Las Vegas’ tiny house community. Zappos CEO Tony Hseih and his pet alpacas reside in Airstream Village among dozens of Airstreams and Tumbleweed Tiny House dwellings. Hotels are taking notice of the rising trend and offering travelers pint-sized alternatives to big, bustling hotel chains.

Portland’s tiny house hotel, Caravan, suits the city’s desire to “stay weird” and attracts offbeat travelers looking for a unique experience. Its handful of tiny houses features 120 to 170 square feet with outdoor seating and campfires. The homes feature creative interior design crafted from sustainable, Fair Trade products with plenty of local art.

Aptly named Wheelhaus in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the grounds feature resto-style amenities in 400 square feet of space. Cabins come equipped with fireplaces, decks and flat-screen televisions just a short drive to downtown Jackson.

Situated outside Boston, Tuxbury Tiny House Village caters to travelers looking to get outside of the city and cozy up in 180 to 275 square feet. Guests watch the sunset from the shores of Tuxbury Pond, lounge by the pool and venture out to nearby Salisbury-Hamptom beaches and museums. Beach lovers can also stay at the tiny home of Tiny House Siesta on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Each tiny home features a one- to three-bedroom model, with some offering pet-friendly accommodations.

Although a traditional hotel chain itself may be oversized, the rooms are usually pretty standard. Guests can expect a king- or two queen-sized beds and maybe a small living area with a single couch and bar area. To get more space, guests head to the lobby or venture out onto their balcony to take in the views. But tiny homes afford pint-sized autonomy and privacy with amenities like kitchens. Tiny house hotels also give travelers the chance to test out tiny living for themselves without making a big commitment. Tiny hotels also get bonus points for being big on charm and small on space for a cozy vacation retreat.

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