There aren’t many delegates that would be attracted to the thought of spending a night in a shipping container. But, what if that shipping container had three beds, an en suite and central heating? The Snoozebox concept is only a few years old but already it has sparked the interest of journalists, bloggers, and leisure travellers everywhere and now it is making moves into the world of corporate events.
In a nutshell, Snoozebox offers portable and on-site accommodation for events and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. As well as providing shelter for reluctant campers at Glastonbury and T in the Park, the micro hotel can be found year round at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire and at Cornwall’s Eden Project.
Snoozebox’s claim is that it can offer fully operational accommodation on any site, no matter what the terrain, within days of arrival. So, if you’ve found an amazing venue without any suitable accommodation nearby ‘who you gonna call?’
Last weekend, C&I Traveller joined more than 40 agencies to sample the product, which sits adjacent to the historic Grand Prix track and only a short mini bus ride away from the main conference venue, the Silverstone Wing. After checking in, I was given instructions to find my room, one of 76 in total. If the inside of the shipping container had been drastically changed then very little had been done to hide its original occupation, aside from a paint job. It was a cold night in Northamptonshire and my bed for the night was on the other side of a steel wall.
Any hesitance I felt evaporated the moment I stepped into my room and felt the warmth of the central heating. The layout of the room is, to its charm, very basic and no bigger than the back of a transit van. Smaller in fact. Above the foot of the double bed is a single bunk bed, meaning three people can comfortably spend a night although there is very little space for anything other than that. I can only imagine what two or more people trying to get ready at the same time must be like but my guess is that it would be a similar experience to vying for space on the Northern Line at 8am on a weekday. The en suite sits on the other side of a glass sliding door where clean towels can be found folded on a shelf beside the shower. Other amenities included a TV, shampoo and shower gel, a room safe and free wifi via The Cloud.
There isn’t much in the room that you wouldn’t find in any other standard hotel, which means that, as well as being a useful and interesting concept, Snoozebox is an excellent use of space and design. The company is still young and perhaps it is still trying to find its market but if people want simple, easy and affordable (rooms from £35) then this concept certainly has a future.
A room in a Snoozebox isn’t designed to be a nest and to stay more than three or four days would begin to feel slightly claustrophobic but, as a comfortable base with all the basics that can be planted almost anywhere, it ticks all the boxes.