A Croatian firm out of the eastern city of Osijek has presented for the first time what is the world’s first mobile hostel.
The Nearby Hostel was on site this weekend for the first time at the Pannonian Challenge extreme sports event in Osijek.
The mobile hostel, which is the creation of Ivan Malić, Mihovil Grgurić, and Tin Vidović can be easily loaded onto a truck and transported from one place to another.
After arriving at the location the hostel can be fully operational in minutes. The hostel has 4 rooms with 12 beds, as well as toilets and the accompanying “smart showers,” which use 70% less water.
Each room is thermally insulated and equipped with comfortable beds, TV, Wi-Fi, lockers, power outlets, and a fridge. Keys are not needed because guests simply unlock the door of his room with his smartphone.
The Nearby Hostels are designed for festivals and events.
“These types of events regularly cause a strong increase in demand for accommodation, leading to a significant increase in prices. Often festival goers who have not pre-booked accommodation are forced to sleep in tents which have a lot of shortcomings – including comfort, functionality or lack of infrastructures such as sanitation facilities or electricity. Our mission is simple – we want to make festival accommodation, close, comfortable and affordable, so you can be free to party and enjoy festivals.”
Nearby Hostel turned to crowdfunding platform Indigogo last year to help launch the business and raised funding to help build the prototype.
The plan is to build an even larger mobile hostel which will be 13 metres long and have 25 beds in it.