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June 3, 2007

Drain Pipe Hotel


It's located in a park next to the Danube River in Ottensheim, Austria.


Jennifer Conlin featured it in her "In Transit" column in today's New York Times Travel section; the piece follows.

Need a Room? Why Not Try the Drain Pipe?

Forget luxury tents and designer pods. The newest trend in alternative hotel accommodation is a combination of the two — a compact, minimally decorated space set in the great outdoors.


Take the “sleep pipe” [above and below]. In a park next to the Danube River in Ottensheim, Austria, an art school graduate named Andreas Strauss has created a cozy accommodation just large enough for a double bed, a storage shelf and a lamp.


Open from May through October, each of the three existing sleep pipes has a window, electricity and is near public toilets, showers and a cafe. Visitors book online at www.dasparkhotel.net and are given a code that opens the door. Guests are asked to pay what they can.


Already there are plans to create more sleep pipes elsewhere in Austria.

June 3, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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re: backyard for the inlaws: yes, with a feature for vectoring the actual sewer into it if they overstay welcome ;-)

ps: there was a heartrending movie about cast-away orphan kids in south africa a few years back where they fought for and grew up in a stack of sewer pipe sections like this (sans the mod-interiors. A few of them went back to the pipes as adults and kids were still living in them...

Posted by: stephen b ve | Jun 13, 2007 9:21:01 PM

Everyone should have one in the back yard for when the in-laws visit.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jun 3, 2007 2:13:33 PM

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