Lonely Planet Writer

Listen to records and watch the sunset at Texas’ chic new shipping container hotel

A unique new hotel has been created in Texas that sees recycled shipping containers being transformed into bohemian lodgings packed full of rustic charm. Complete with cosy furnishings such as hammocks and fire pits and offering guests undisturbed views of the state’s stunning sunsets, the rustic getaway is the perfect destination for travellers seeking some peace and quiet.

Flophouze in Texas
Flophouze includes six unique units made from recycled shipping containers. Image by Flophouze

Called Flophouze, the distinctive hotel is located in the town of Round Top, and was created by owner Matt White to showcase how salvaged items can be repurposed for everyday use. Six units are currently available, and come complete with a living area, kitchen, bedroom and private bathroom, with all the home comforts that guests could possibly need. In place of televisions, each house has a record player with a handpicked vinyl collection, as well as stacks of books to keep visitors entertained. Decorated with an assortment of individual artefacts and objects that Matt acquired from his travels across the world, each house has its own identity and charm.

A bedroom inside a Flophouze container.
A bedroom inside a Flophouze container. Image by Flophouze

Upon arrival, guests can conveniently self-check-in before unwinding with complimentary coffee, tea, sparkling water and Mexican sodas. The containers are located just a short drive away from the town, which has a market for snacks and other goodies, while Fayette Lake is around the corner for travellers interested in swimming and fishing. Every guest also gets a discount at the company’s onsite store, Recycling The Past, and the popular Round Top Antiques Fair is held nearby twice a year every spring and fall.

Containers seen from above. Image by Flophouze

The hotel features sustainable and recycled materials from across the United States throughout, such as repurposed windows from a school in Philadelphia, lumber from a distillery in Kentucky and countertops created from bowling alley floors in Texas. The units come with Wi-Fi, and plans are currently in place to install modular swimming pool facilities by this summer.

The company also custom-builds shipping container houses. Image by Flophouze

“Traveling the world, I’ve stayed in the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to accommodation, and I wanted every detail of Flophouze to be amazing for the guest. People can expect to feel at home and to know that almost most every detail has been thought out, and they can know they are getting a really cool experience in a really unique soulfully created space,” Matt White told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Flophouze doesn’t just rent the containers, the company also builds fully customised units that are available to purchase. “Many people aren’t lucky enough to actually test drive a house before buying it. We’re changing that,” Matt said.

Rates start at $175 per night. More information is available at the official Flophouze website.