You have probably heard the news by now but in case you haven’t we wanted to share a little information about the new Tiny House Hotel that recently launched in Portland, Oregon.
Tiny house aficionados and entrepreneurs Deb Delman and Kol Peterson opened a three-room (or, rather, 3 house) tiny hotel in the Portland Arts district.
They worked with the city government to acquire the right permitting and spoke with the neighborhood businesses about their plans.
They contracted several tiny house designers and builders to create and lease the three current tiny houses with the hopes to expand.
Delman’s idea is simple and, as many tiny homeowners will agree, much needed in the tiny house community. There is a big leap between dreaming about tiny homes and actually living in one so this hotel experience can give people a real understanding of the use of tiny space even if it is only for a short period of time.
Another exciting aspect to the tiny house hotel, known as The Caravan, is the outdoor community space. Extra seating, grills, and a fire ring encourage the guests to get outside, enjoy the city, and talk to one another. I was surprised by this aspect of tiny house living myself. Just because I have everything I need in 120 square feet doesn’t mean I am a hermit. Once we moved into our tiny house we found ourselves getting out and making connections in our community more than we ever did when we lived in 2700 square feet. I hope that guests of the Caravan take this opportunity as well.
Each of the tiny houses is available for rent through the AirBnB website. The houses, called the Pearl, the Rosebud, and the Tandem, range in size from 90 to 160 square feet.
While some internet comments, particularly on Tiny House Blog, are negative in tone I believe more people are genuinely interested in the hotel and its success. For individuals indicating there isn’t enough privacy they should keep in mind this is a small hotel complex in a city. For those who don’t know if they can give up the comfort of a regular hotel room then perhaps the Caravan is not a good fit for them. And for those who believe that the price is too high I would challenge them to find a cheaper hotel room in any major US city that has as much character as these tiny spaces.
If you’re visiting the Portland area and have been thinking about what it might be like living in a tiny house, consider booking all or part of your stay at The Caravan.
What do you think of the tiny house hotel idea?
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