The world’s first car-powered hotel has opened to the public – with all power supplied by electric vehicles for a true off grid experience.
Situated in Ongar, Essex, the secluded accommodation is the perfect location for a quiet escape to the countryside.
Guests can enjoy a local menu and mixology curated using innovative and sustainable ingredients sourced within Essex, as well as visiting the outdoor bar or enjoying freshly brewed coffee with views of the forest.
An outdoor cinema at the hotel will also give guests the opportunity to kick-back, relax and unwind.
The new concept, Hotel Hyundai [www.kiphideaways.com/hideaways/hotel-hyundai] was launched by the car brand alongside broadcaster and critic Grace Dent, after research of 2,000 holidaymakers found 44 per cent would like to go on more staycations in 2023 compared to 2022.
With adults citing sustainability (25 per cent), supporting local businesses (27 per cent) and stress-free travel (27 per cent) among the things they enjoy about a UK-based holiday.
The whole experience is powered through the IONIQ 5’s V2L feature, which harnesses the car’s electricity to power other appliances through an adaptor.
Pop-up hotel is here for three weeks
Grace Dent, curator of the hotel concept said: “We’re looking for unique, memorable stays more now than ever and this is a delicious blend of innovation, luxury and comfort that gets you thinking.
“I’m excited for those staying with us to sample the sustainable, locally sourced menu as well as the equally fabulous cocktails, and of course to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
“I hope this three-week pop-up hotel is just the start for this concept of a car plugging in and powering a luxury experience like this.
“I’m predicting that guests will be hoping that this amazing hotel and the full experience it offers might be here again in 2023.”
The study also found 28 per cent prefer a staycation over