Julia Moffitt, WTHR
Apr 29, 2022
Tiny Urban Escapes is being built out of shipping containers and will be at the corner of West Michigan Street and Sheffield Avenue in the Haughville neighborhood.
INDIANAPOLIS — A group of women in Indianapolis has been working nonstop to create one of the most unique tourist attractions in Indianapolis.
The boutique hotel will be called Tiny Urban Escapes when it opens this summer in the Haughville neighborhood on Indy's near west side.
But the attraction it's gotten so far — and the impact it could have — is anything but tiny.
Robin Staten-Lanier is months away from her dream hotel opening. Tiny Urban Escapes is being built out of shipping containers and will be at the corner of West Michigan Street and Sheffield Avenue.
This would be only one of about seven hotels like this in the country.
"The repurposing of shipping containers is a new concept in the states," Staten-Lanier said. "It's been used overseas, not necessarily in hospitality. But what we found is a new type of construction and new building material or opportunity to be more sustainable, not only in traditional construction, but particularly in hospitality."
Staten-Lanier said they plan to bring in corporate travelers and provide opportunities for local businesses and community events.
Kionna Walker with Meticulous Design is the lead architect on the project.
"I knew that it was something new and different for the state," Walker said. "I'm just excited about it being a new project, but coming into it, I was even overwhelmed and even more proud to be a part of this because it's so historical," Walker said.
The hotel will be built out of four separate shipping containers with four different themes, with a gathering spot at the center.
Staten-Lanier said it will bring cultural heritage tourism to Indiana.
"Haughville is rich history, is rich in culture and is rich in tradition," Staten-Lanier said. "I thought what better location to be at the hub of culture, a historic place and an opportunity to bring impact back to that community."
Traci Bowman, who handles communication for the project, said when they first opened up online booking, the first three months sold out right away. She attributes that to the project's unique nature.