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Southern Sri Lanka was the most recent region to begin development of a “shipping container hotel,” continuing a trend that has already made its way into Belgium, China, and the United States.
The idea has drawn lots of praise and corny "thinking inside the box" references from media outlets, which we agree is well deserved on a basic level (other than the cliched rhetoric, of course). We’ll be the first to admit that specialty properties are awesome and, especially in the case of ice hotels, something you’ll remember long after you’ve forgotten about the time you stayed at the chain hotel in the city center. In that sense, we support new and unique ideas of construction that create niche markets.
But something weird is happening with the shipping container hotel in China, the Xiang Xiang Pray House. It's made of shipping containers, and it claims to be a five-star hotel, and expects guests to pay five-star prices for views of... other shipping containers? Really? The high rates associated with ice hotels make sense to us for their hand-crafted beauty, but we're not sure the same applies to container properties.