Editor’s note: Each month, we’d like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, it can only be the one Matt White! Matt manages a unique hotel crafted out of repurposed shipping containers in Round Top, Texas.
Meet Matt White. Antique savior, hotelier, and Dead devotee. White is the creator of the first shipping container hotel in Texas and is quickly capturing the attention of couples, families, and friends from all over with this unique destination. Heck, even a group of Emirates flight attendants traveling with World of Crew came all the way from Dubai and left saying that White’s shipping container hotel was one of the most amazing places they have ever experienced.
Set in wanderlust, these six unique accommodations were inspired with a craving to create, an obligation to recycle, and a passion for making people happy. Detail-driven and passively forcing you to relax, White invites you to unplug, put your favorite record on (literally), take a dip in the one-of-a-kind pool, meet a random neighboring cow or two, and enjoy a sunset (a badass sunset, that is).
Vintage goods and antique salvage have been a part of White’s life since he was a child. He grew up attending antique shows with his father and would refurbish goods to be sold at flea markets. Later in life, White would study horticulture and design; establish parent company and antique showroom Recycling the Past, which doubles as a grand ballroom for large events, and outfit hundreds of restaurants and storefronts—REI, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, and Nordstrom, to name a few.
All of this lead up to the birth of his unique hotel in 2016. Just like everything on-site, the idea for the shipping container hotel came from the past, as well. Born from childhood imagination, these containers are the grown-up versions of carefully constructed cardboard box forts where anything is possible.
Each shipping container is outfitted with 100% recycled materials and adorned with antique treasures from all over the world. No two are exactly alike, but all promise the most comfortable bed you could wish for (often mentioned in the reviews), a hammock, complimentary coffee and tea, Topochico sparkling water, and Mexican Cokes.
Welcome to the land of the restored, repurposed, and relaxation. Stay a while. See something you like? You’re in luck—everything is for sale. As a guest, you will receive a complimentary 20% off your purchases for up to $100. You can leave with peace of mind—and your favorite one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Guests from far and wide have come to enjoy this experience. Who would White love to host? Besides Jerry Garcia, White would like to see Richard Branson and the Dali Lama visit. Richard Branson was chosen out of admiration for overcoming challenges to achieve success—and because he would make for interesting conversation. He picked The Dali Lama because he is a peaceful and inherently good person who leads a life of simplicity to achieve happiness. With that said, it may come as no surprise to you that one of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them.
“If you use an object for as long as you can carefully, repairing it when necessary, you will find that not only your relationship with these objects begins to change, but so will the way you relate to people. People who endlessly chase after new things have lost their freedom to earthly desire. Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” – Shoukei Matsumoto, Buddhist monk