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A new concept hotel would allow guests to travel between 13 properties throughout the United States in a matter of hours — without ever leaving their room. Brandon Siebrecht, a student at the University of Nevada, drew up the winning concept for the 2017 Radical Innovation Award, which encourages participants to come up with disruptive ideas that cater to the hospitality industry.
The idea? Rather than hopping on a train or sitting in basic economy, the futuristic “Hyperloop Hotel” would link modular hotel rooms in New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, Chicago, Santa Fe, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle via the hyperloop transportation system.
Initially introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the hyperloop comprises of pod-like vehicles traveling through a reduced-pressure tube, potentially exceeding the speed of a modern airplane. While the project is still largely conceptual, a company called Hyperloop One claims a working version of the system would be available as early as 2020.
The hotel — the cost of which Siebrecht estimates at around $10 million each to build (depending on the location) — would allow unlimited travel between cities using the hyperloop system at a rate of $1,200 a day. Each room, comprising of re-purposed shipping containers, would include a living room, bedroom and bathroom, along with luxury amenities.
“I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world. I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality,” Siebrecht told Business Insider. “Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day.”
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All images courtesy of Brandon Siebrecht and Radical Innovation.
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