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Move Over McGowen Container House, Round Top Has a Shipping Container Hotel

Reduce, reuse, recycle: the sleeping quarters edition.

By Gwendolyn Knapp March 23, 2018

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If you count yourself among the voracious Houstonians currently obsessed with the shipping container house going up on McGowen and you happen to be heading to the Round Top Spring Antiques Week (April 2-7), boy, are you in for an ultra-nerdy architectural treat. Turns out that Round Top now has its very own shipping container hotel, and a few reservations are still up for grabs during the pickers bonanza. The Flophouze Hotel is comprised of six units with country views, fire pits, and shaded lounge areas with hammocks to slow your roll and soak up the glorious weather before you find out exactly what it's like to spend the night in a recycled (and pretty dang chic) shipping container. 

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Sunset on the Flophouze.

In fact, the eco-friendly hotel rooms are made entirely with recycled materials. The interiors adorn sustainably harvested wood from a farm in upstate New York and reclaimed lumber from a distillery in Kentucky. Windows have been salvaged from a Philadelphia school slated for demolition, and the kitchen cabinet bases are from a laboratory in Brooklyn. Coolest of all though? The countertops are made from salvaged flooring from an old Texas bowling alley.  

The units are available from $175 to $300 per night, and the property is also home to the architectural salvage store Recycle the Past (guests get a 10 percent discount) and the event hall Round Top Ballroom.  More units are reportedly on the way, and the owner/expert salvager Matt White and his team can even customize shipping containers for your property (or a remote beach somewhere)—just see their BYOF (build your own Flophouze) page. Just prepare to shell out the big bucks for the renovation and actually shipping that luxurious, industrial Lego for grown-ups to your lot of choice.

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