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Melbourne city’s new $400-a-night ‘trailer park’

But these are no ordinary caravans

Most caravan parks are located by the sea, or somewhere in a forest or desert-scape. So visitors to Melbourne could be forgiven for looking twice, if they spot a bunch of airstream caravans on a downtown carpark rooftop.



Called NOTEL, the new accommodation offering is believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the Herald Sun reported.


“There has been so much that has gone into it, so it’s exciting to see the concept finally open,” owner James Fry told the paper.



Fry, who owns the carpark, said he conceived the idea while sitting on the rooftop of the three-storey building drinking beers with friends.


Located on busy Flinders St, the NOTEL comprises six airstream caravans imported from Santa Barbara in the US.



Purchased for $70,000 a piece, each has been renovated and turned into luxury, albeit small lodgings, which feature funky furnishings and bathrooms stocked with local amenities.


After two years of work, Fry hosted a VIP opening (for family and friends) last week.


With no reception, the caravans are opened with Smartphones


Given its prime position and five-star features, prices at the NOTEL don’t come cheap though, with prices ranging from $395 a night to $440 a night for the premium suite, which boasts a spa with views of Flinders Lane.


What do you think of the idea? We think it’s a winner.   


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 31 August 2016

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