Black woman opening first boutique hotel made of shipping containers in Indianapolis

Abu Mubarik February 09, 2022
This architectural design photo shows the Bold Suit, one of four shipping container suites that will be at the Tiny Urban Escapes Boutique hotel in Haughville. Photo: Tiny Urban Escapes

Shipping containers transformed into custom modular building projects is gaining popularity globally because the containers are considered durable, affordable and environmentally friendly.

In many parts of the world, it has been used to construct classrooms, offices, restaurants, among others. Following in the steps of others who have repurposed shipping containers, an Indianapolis woman has unveiled plans for a boutique hotel made of shipping containers.

Robin Staten-Lanier, a new hotelier and founder of Tiny Urban Escapes, is planning to open in the Haughville neighborhood this summer. Tiny Urban Escapes is a hidden micro resort that would comprise of four semi-glass private luxury suites and private event space — all converted from upcycled-shipping containers, according to IndyStar. It will be the first container boutique hotel in Indianapolis, FOX 59 News reports.

“This goes beyond hospitality,” she said. “The intent is to transform communities, but also to use this space, almost as an igniter of additional economic development in this community.”

IndyStar reports that twenty-foot shipping containers will be converted into suites. The event space will be made from a larger 40-foot shipping container. Also, each suite will have access to wellness and culinary experiences and on-demand concierge service.

“We are aware of the impact that hospitality has on the environment,” said Staten-Lanier. “One of missions that are part of our work is the lessen that with regards to being green in hospitality.”

Each suite will have queen-size beds and other luxury amenities as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

“The idea of Tiny Urban Escapes is just that an urban oasis — a true urban escape,” Staten-Lanier said. “So to be able to have this enclosed green space, which has a courtyard that promotes wellness, tranquility, and an opportunity to self renew is what we really focus on.”

The shipping container hotel will be located at 2214 W. Michigan St. near the Indianapolis Public Library Haughville branch. Meanwhile, the project is expected to cost about half a million dollars.

So far, the project has secured funding from a nonprofit that helps community development organizations transform communities. When completed, the hotel will serve as a self-service hospitality site, meaning guests will check themselves in and out of the property as well as enjoy private experiences.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: February 10, 2022


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