Boutique shipping and delivery container hotel coming to Haughville neighborhood

An Indianapolis girl and her firm unveiled options for a boutique lodge designed of delivery containers…

An Indianapolis girl and her firm unveiled options for a boutique lodge designed of delivery containers she’s preparing to open up in the Haughville community this summertime. 

Robin Staten-Lanier, a new hotelier, is the proprietor of Tiny Urban Escapes, a hidden micro resort that would comprise of 4 semi-glass personal luxury suites and private occasion space — all converted from upcycled-shipping and delivery containers.

The resort will be found at 2214 W. Michigan St. around the Indianapolis General public Library Haughville branch. Little City Escapes is a Black-owned, feminine-led business.  

“This goes past hospitality,” she explained. “The intent is to change communities, but also to use this house, pretty much as an igniter of supplemental economic enhancement in this community.”

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Design is tentatively predicted to be done in the summer time. Twenty-foot shipping containers will be converted into suites though the occasion room — called “The Scene” — will be built from a much larger 40-foot shipping and delivery container. Each individual suite will have obtain to wellness and culinary experiences and on-demand concierge service.

Reclaiming shipping containers and transforming them into personalized modular building projects has been a development for some time. The containers are deemed cost-effective, resilient and eco-welcoming design materials.

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They have been applied to create restaurants, school rooms and offices. Shipping container motels exists in states this kind of as Texas and California. Staten-Lanier was drawn to use repurpose shipping and delivery containers simply because they are inexperienced and sustainable.  

“We are conscious of the effect that hospitality has on the ecosystem,” she stated. “A person of missions that are aspect of our operate is the lessen that with regards to remaining environmentally friendly in hospitality.”

Repurposing shipping containers shortens the construction timeline and can make it far more possible to bring a merchandise to the market place, Staten-Lanier mentioned. The challenge is believed to price about half a million bucks. The task has been given funding from LISC, a nonprofit that is effective to help community advancement organizations renovate distressed communities.

“These are modular structures so they can be crafted off-web site and brought to web site once the land is prepped and all set to go,” she stated. 

The Little Urban Escapes boutique hotel will be enclosed greenspace similar to a Parisian backyard garden. She is hoping to attract in guests and travelers searching for city escapes or staff seeking a exceptional distant get the job done experience. 

An all-feminine design and style group from Chicago-centered Siren Betty Style and design made just about every suite to have a emphasis on the types of people today who would gravitate to a single kind of suite compared to a further. The 4 suites have different designs. 

For case in point, there’s the “Daring,” a suite aimed at those who are fearless and chart their possess path. For individuals extra in tune with mother nature and organic things there, there is certainly the “Naturalist” suite and there’s a luxurious suite for individuals “who spare no expense when it will come to their pleasure and peace.” Charges assortment from $179 to $329 for each night. 

Every suite will have queen-measurement beds, luxurious amenities, common literature and journals to share their thoughts or motives for travel. The suites will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but you will never uncover TVs.

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“The strategy of Very small Urban Escapes is just that an city oasis — a legitimate urban escape,” Staten-Lanier reported. “So to be capable to have this enclosed eco-friendly place, which has a courtyard that promotes wellness, tranquility, and an chance to self renew is what we definitely emphasis on.”

The lodge will function as a self-support hospitality website, attendees will check out themselves in and out of the residence. Guests will also have entry to private activities. They ebook crops to care for for the duration of their keep or bring private chefs. All over the summer season, programming will include personal artist shops, yoga wellness retreats. Staten-Lanier also is exploring the likelihood of hosting personal corporate retreats on-site.

Born and elevated in west Indianapolis, Staten-Lanier explained she needed to convey luxurious features to that facet of the metropolis and Haughville. 

“We can use this location, or any location we come to a decision upon, to be an intersection,” she claimed, “not only for the neighborhood but also for people outdoors of our community, to convey them in, so they discover about the heritage of these neighborhoods, the people today, and the tradition here.”

Speak to IndyStar reporter Alexandria Burris at or phone 317-617-2690. Observe her on Twitter: @allyburris.

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