A parking garage magnate turned one of his properties into an ‘Airstream trailer hotel’ with a Jacuzzi and free WiFi

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James Fry is a parking garage magnate in Australia’s coastal city of Melbourne.

His latest project, Notel, takes one of his structures to the next level. Six shiny Airstream trailers sit on top of a transformed garage space. Guests can rent a trailer for $395 a night.

Take a look inside this non-traditional hotel.


James Fry has run the three-level garage on Harper’s Lane for a decade. The idea for transforming the roof into a hotel came to him after a few beers with friends up there.


Fry, pictured, landed on the name “Notel” because it makes it clear that the parking lot is not your typical resort.


Fry rescued the retro Airstream trailers from a Santa Barbara, California, company for $70,000 each. He completely gutted them.


The trailers had to be lifted onto the roof using a 50-ton crane. The project cost $1 million.

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Guest enter through a special door by a neighboring coffee shop. There’s no reception. Instead, guests receive a passcode on their phone that unlocks their reserved trailer.


The coffee shop will allegedly deliver lattés through a hole in the wall to guests.

Is this Melbourne’s best coffee? @pcoffeebrewers . If you have had better we want to know where.

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Inside, the trailers are unrecognizable as a former vehicle for transportation.


White walls and bubble-gum pink accents make the 30-foot-long space appear even larger.


A raised queen-size bed is outfitted with bamboo sheets.


Each trailer comes equipped with free WiFi, an iPad, and mounts around the room for easy viewing.

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This is one way to do TV in bed.


At Notel, guests are encouraged to grab goodies from the no-charge mini bar. It includes sparkling champagne, gourmet chocolate, and cold brew coffee.


An on-call concierge is available 24-7.


Each trailer contains a bathroom stocked with products from Melbourne-based home goods store Abey.


This shower looks bigger than most New York City apartment bathrooms.


Guests looking to splurge can check into the “Airstream with benefits,” which has a private Jacuzzi overlooking the city. The room costs $440 a night.


There is no restaurant or in-room dining. Fry hopes the Airstream trailers attract visitors to Melbourne, but that they actually leave the hotel to explore all the city has to offer.