You need to relax? Then you might come up with the idea of staying in an old refrigerated truck trailer, one that has been transformed into a cozy vacation rental.
Polish mobile hotel chain Good Spot operates four of these rentals, and is preparing to launch a new service, in which guests vote online where they are staying.
While details have yet to be finalized, Good Spot plans to open voting in January, with tourists choosing between two intriguing landscapes: a lake and a seaside location in Poland.
Polish mobile hotel chain Good Spot operates vacation rentals housed in old refrigerated truck trailers (pictured)
Voting will initially take place on Good Spot’s social media, but as the hotel grows its goal is to add 50 trailers to its current list of four, its website will host the voting poll.
One potential location is a “mysterious” lake, a reservoir created by a glacier, which “revels in its crystal clear water uncontaminated by exhaust gases or sewage.”
It’s an ideal place to fish, according to Good Spot CFO Roman Sokolowski. He says, “Even novice anglers can catch huge fish: bream, eels, pike, and perch.”
Good Spot trailers are talking points in themselves.
The trailers have been created by the Polish design firm Znamy Sie, based in the city of Wrocław, which is delighted to have repurposed them.
The photo above shows the kitchen and shower in one of Good Spot’s RV condos. The firm operates four, but hopes to add another 50
They have been created by the Polish design firm Znamy Sie, based in the city of Wrocław, which is delighted to have repurposed them.
A statement from the agency, led by university friends Aleksandra Majdzik, Bogna Kawa and Wojciech Nowak, says: ‘A large number of recalled isothermal refrigerated trailers are imported into our country every year. Poland is thus becoming a graveyard for these disused trucks.
‘By renovating a trailer, we give it a second life!’
In the center of each trailer is a restroom, where the icy blue color palette reflects the vehicle’s cold storage history.
There is a kitchen and two bedrooms at each end, one double and one with two single beds, as well as a small porch that goes down one side.
The design is intended to ‘evoke nostalgic associations with trips to the mountains and the sea’, according to Znamy Sie.
The biggest design challenge was providing hotel-style amenities in such a small space.
As for the reaction to unusual structures, the design agency says people are “curious” when they see the trailers for the first time.
What does it feel like to spend the night inside?
A Good Spot trailer reviewer said: ‘This was the best stay in the mountains we’ve ever had. Thank you very much for such a beautiful place ‘
Poland has become ‘a graveyard for refrigerated trailers’
The hotel reviews speak for themselves.
One guest wrote after their stay: ‘An experience like no other. The trailer resembles a small hotel room, nothing is missing. We were closing the beach season in Mrzezyno, we had proximity to the beach and food, and at the same time, peace, quiet and a wooded setting like in a remote area. We will definitely return, but this time we will launch into the mountainous landscape. ‘
Another wrote: ‘This was the best stay in the mountains we have ever had. Thank you very much for such a beautiful place. ‘
The company hopes to venture further in the coming years, installing the mobile hotel in different countries and in a wider variety of landscapes.
The four trailers spent the summer of 2021 in Mrzezyno, a village on the Baltic Sea, before moving in September to Karpacz, a ski town in the Karkonosze Mountains.
The owners propose their sites for the hotel, generating income from the rental of the land. Good Spot investigates each proposal, verifying the area in terms of its natural appeal, connections to electrical networks, and water and sewer systems.
The concept behind the business arose when its founders were on a kitesurfing trip at the Hel resort in Poland. When contemplating the landscape, they came up with the idea of a hotel that could “move and stop in places that offer the best conditions and proximity to nature.”