2. Das Park Hotel
Das Park Hotel located in Linz, Austria is actually a number of repurposed drainpipes that have been turned into rooms. It’s one of the greatest examples of how people can reuse materials and goods. The workers used only varnish and wall paintings to transform the pipes into comfortable accommodation. Since the space of each room is about 2 square meters, there are only a bed, light, power and ventilation in the room. You can also find some place for your luggage. Bathroom facilities and kitchen are not too far from the pipes, however you will have to pay for them.
Concrete is a wonderful sound-proofing material, so you won’t be disturbed by the outer noise. The pipes keep cool temperature during the summer months and protect you from cold weather in autumn and spring, since the hotel is available from May to October. Andreas Strauss, the creator, emphasizes that Das Park Hotel is non-commercial project. It was designed to demonstrate hospitality and to lure tourists.
I stayed at the Das Park Hotel for 3 nights and I was highly impressed by the cosiness of these pipes. What I love best about this place is “pay as you wish” system! However, as an average tourist, I gave 50 euro (around $65) per night.