A look inside a luxury hotel built entirely from shipping containers

A new luxury hotel built out of container ships has launched in the UK, called the Stow Away.

Stow Away is a new sustainable and eco friendly ‘apart hotel’ concept, with the first base in Waterloo, London, built from 26 re-purposed shipping containers.

The concept was designed and realised by design studio Doone Silver Kerr, built through a joint venture between Stow Projects and Ciel Capital and managed by hospitality group, BridgeStreet.


Bookings and check-in are all handled through the group’s smartphone app, which also doubles as the ‘hotel room key’ to gain access to the rooms.

Prices vary, but an overnight stay on a Friday night can be booked for £175 (R3,300 at current exchange rates).

Each Stow-Away room (called ‘studios’) includes:

  • 18 square metre container apartment
  • Super king-size bed
  • Luxury brand toiletries
  • High-quality linen and towels
  • Walk-in shower
  • Free, high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Two chairs and desk/dining table
  • Large, flat screen smart TV
  • Wardrobe and storage
  • Fully-equipped kitchenette including a combination microwave, fridge, hob and dishwasher







South Africa is no stranger to shipping container projects, being home to an affordable apartment building in the heart of Johannesburg, and some container homes worth millions of rands.


Read: A look inside this awesome shipping container classroom that seats 27 learners

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A look inside a luxury hotel built entirely from shipping containers