Nation's First Tiny House Hotel Opens In Portland

Jul 29, 2013

The country's first tiny house hotel is holding its grand opening in Portland on Saturday. The Caravan Tiny House Hotel invites guests to stay in one of three tiny homes as if they were hotel rooms. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.


Caravan Tiny House Hotel consists of three tiny homes on what used to be a vacant lot in northeast Portland.
Credit Toni Tabora-Roberts

  Each house is less than 200 square feet, but they have full-size beds, kitchenettes, dining tables, flush toilets and showers. They're huddled together on a lot in Northeast Portland next to the Grilled Cheese Grill food cart.

Hotel owners Kol Peterson and Deb Delman say they're promoting the tiny house movement by letting people try out small-scale life.

Delman says the hotel has been getting nonstop attention since it opened for business three weeks ago.

Delman: "I think for a lot of people just the fact that this is possible – that you can live for whatever period of time in a small space that fully functions as a house is really exciting to people."

The lot has water, sewer and electric hookups for six tiny homes. Two more houses are scheduled to join the hotel later this year.

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