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Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon

$125 per night, includes wi-fi. Click here.

5 comment s:

Northern Lights said...

they say it's the only tiny house hotel in the country, but this is not true. I live in portland and if you go on airbnb.com you'll find at least a few if not several tiny houses you can rent nightly-- for less than this hotel charges. I should know, I have one!

Kol said...

Northern Lights,

There's a big difference between 'vacation rentals' and a hotel. A hotel is a commercially run, licensed, permitted, inspected, tax-paying operation.

Vacation rentals don't necessarily address any of those regulatory hurdles, nor are they necessarily legal under current municipal legal frameworks. http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/125888-house-rentals-hide-in-shadows

Don't get me wrong; we in total support of vacation rentals, but I just want to spell out the significant difference between the two types of entities.

Kol said...

Just to follow up on this issue a bit more...you can't imagine how many times we had to describe what we were proposing to various department staff. It was very time consuming and full of bureaucratic hoops because the City of Portland hadn't ever dealt with anything like this before.

We had to work with the City, County, and State departments for over a year to get the permission to build and operate this business.

It's great that you have a tiny house for rent in Portland through Airbnb. Come by Caravan and tell us more about it. We're having our Grand Opening on Saturday, July 27th, 5-10pm.

northern lights said...

Hi Kol,
Thanks for your input. I don't understand fully why a hotel would be more desirable than a vacation rental, or why you would go through over a year of bureaucratic cow pies when you could do otherwise, but I respect your business and I am all for every type of tiny housing co-existing.

Kol said...

northern lights,

That's a fair question. After wading through so much bureaucracy, I've also pondered over what advantage the hotel confers over a vacation rental. The short answer is, to the guest, generally speaking, not much. Like I said, we're fans of vacation rentals.

But, in this particular instance, there's a few palpable advantages:

1) Because we're a legal commercial operation, we're connected to the city sewer and water, which makes for a more accessible guest experience in terms of trying out tiny house living.

2) We're raising awareness about tiny house living to a much broader audience that may not ever consider using VRBO or AirBnb but would consider staying in something called a 'hotel'. No vacation rentals can ever call themselves a hotel.

3) Lastly, by being 'legitimate' in terms of being permitted, we can fully publicize our venue in the public eye in a way that vacation rentals would not be able to do nor want to do for fear that they may get shut down.

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