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Containers popular with Olympic fans as hotel prices soar in London

05-07-2012 16:45 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Hundreds of Dutch Olympic fans are signing up for portable hotel rooms to help them enjoy the event without paying soaring London prices. The accommodation comes in the form of simple, foldable cabins, with proper beds and storage.

It looks like a flat container, because it is a flat container. However, with a hook and a pull, in 10 minutes this folded structure can turn into a proper bedroom.

Dutch company Flexotel has created the container hotel room, which it claims could be an ideal solution for those people who would like to stay near sports or cultural events but don’t like camping, and do not mind the lack of private washing facilities.

Hubert Von Heijden, owner of Flexotel, said, "We created a room where every detail has been taken into account. For example; beds, chairs, closets and electricity wiring are incorporated in the body of the container. That’s how we are saving lots of money on transportation costs."

The containers get split into two equal rooms of 3 by 2.4 meters each. This is enough for a single or small double bed, storage and space for suitcases. The industrial-looking unit even has windows on each side, but no on-suite bathrooms.

At the moment Flexotel operates with 200 containers and offers accommodation to visitors of all major Dutch summer events. Indoor Brabant, a first-class horse show in Hertogenbosch, a city south of Amsterdam has ordered 100 container rooms for its visitors.

Hans Smitsers, visitor of Indoor Brabant, said, "I found that the bed is very good and that you have enough privacy here. It’s a perfect solution".

The London Olympics will be the first major international event for the company. Although one room will set one back 100 to 300 Euros per night, the "container" company says it’s reasonable because hotel rooms in London will be in shortage and are going to double or even triple their normal price.



Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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