November 29, 2022

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European Hospitality Startup Is Using Movable Tiny Homes As Hotel Rooms

If you’ve been asking yourself this since the start of the summer travel boom, you’re not alone.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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In October 2021, German hospitality startup Raus began placing cabin rentals in remote locations near Belin, giving city dwellers a nearby reprieve.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields at night.



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Raus hasn’t been in operation for a full year yet, but the company is already seeing wild demand and thousands of people on its waitlist, Julian Trautwein, Raus’ co-founder, told Insider.

Stairs leading up to a black Raus cabin.



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Operating tiny homes in off-grid locations isn’t a new hospitality concept.

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In the US, companies like Getaway House and Moliving are doing just that, appealing to travelers who are tired of standard hotels and craving a break from cities.

A Moliving unit sits atop a hill.

A Moliving unit.

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And like other startups thriving in the tiny cabin-turned-boutique hotel space, Raus is seeing plenty of success in Germany.

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During COVID-19, more travelers began seeking remote vacations to recharge and unplug from crowded cities.

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At the same time, eco-friendly vacations have steadily risen in popularity amid our ongoing climate crisis.

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Source: Travel Pulse

And let’s not forget about everyone’s favorite topic: money.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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Inflation and the rising costs of both air travel and gas have recently pushed more travelers to consider nearby destinations.

A close up of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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So it should be no surprise Raus’ 10 locations have seen smashing success and nearly nonstop business.

A look inside a Raus cabin with a bed, dining table, kitchen, windows with views of nature.



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The first cabin was designed in-house and set up in October 2021.

An overhead view of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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Shortly after, Raus was “overrun” with public interest, Trautwein said.

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All of its units have hit over 95% occupancy levels since the rollout of Raus’ first cabin.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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When the company opened bookings through October for one of its newest builds, travelers booked the cabin out in 48 hours.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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And Raus now has an almost 2,600-person waitlist, Trautwein said. Insider verified the waitlist.

Sun shining through the window in a Raus cabin with a daybed, bed.



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To generate all of this hype, the brand relies on two cabin models.

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The first accommodates up to two people, while the second — designed with an architecture firm — can fit up to four guests.

The view of a Raus cabin near trees.



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No matter the model, all of Raus’ tiny homes are based on wheels …

A bed, kitchen, daybed with windows showing nature outside



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… which decreases the units’ impact on the environment and allows the cabins to be moved according to the company’s needs.

A Raus cabin outside in nature surrounded by trees



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Raus knows many of its guests are looking to unplug from big cities, which is why its locations are denoted by the level of remoteness and “on-grid” versus “off-grid” on its website.

A Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and a nearby home



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Source: Raus 

“We wanted to create spaces for people to take time off to and take care of themselves,” Trautwein said.

A close up of a Raus cabin in nature surrounded by trees and open fields.



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The cabins, which are each sustainability built in six weeks, were designed to have a boutique hotel room feel to make a stay “feel like an experience,” he said.

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The cabins start at €160 (about $167) per night with a minimum two-night stay.

A look inside a Raus cabin with a bed, dining table, kitchen, windows with views of nature.



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Inside, there are amenities like a queen bed …

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… expansive windows for views of nature …

Windows that show the outside trees and fields from inside the Raus kitchen



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… and bathroom with a shower and composting toilet.

A black minimalist shower inside a Raus cabin.



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