Hyperloop Hotel Could Be the Future of Luxury Travel
Introducing a combination of high speed rail system and luxury rooms to create a relaxed commute between major U.S cities
Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is behind the “Hyperloop Hotel”. This idea won the Radical Innovation Award 2017, seen to be the freshest new idea in the hospitality industry.
The Hyperloop is a luxurious pod which travels through low pressure tubes to the selected destination. Several companies have now started to put this idea into development as they believe this is the next big step in hospitality and transportation.
“I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and branch into hospitality,” Siebrecht told Live Science. “Guests can travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day.”
Siebrecht suggested 13 cities for the Hyperloop Hotel to be connected by a network,initially destinations will start with U.S.: Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tennessee; New York; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. There are plans to expand this to other major European and Asian cities.
The Hyperloop hotel will reconstruct shipping containers to suit the pod ideal shape. These pods will then be sent through tubes which link to a network allowing the user to elct several destinations. When the destination is reached there is a hub hotel which accommodates for the pod, acting as a docking station. This concept incorporates modular design from the pods, to the hotels and the suites.
The estimated costs will vary depending on a number of factors by is said to be around $8 million and $10 million. The estimated cost to the user would be $1,200 per trip, including travel and a one-night stay.
“This is an average cost estimate, meaning travel to nearby destinations could cost less than this number and travel to cities farther apart could cost a bit more,” Siebrecht said. “In its beginning stages, this experience is marketed to the business elite. Hopefully, in the future, cost for this technology will lower to accommodate the average traveler.
Siebrecht received a cash prize and scholarship opportunity at UNLV for winning the student Radical Innovation competition. His Hyperloop Hotel concept will be presented in an event in October, which is held to final winner from three finalists.