The hotel of the future could let you travel between cities inside a Hyperloop luxury hotel suite

The hotel of the future could let you travel between cities inside a Hyperloop luxury hotel suite
Imagine sleeping inside of a traveling hotel room.
Source: Radical Innovation
Imagine sleeping inside of a traveling hotel room.
Source: Radical Innovation

Lying down in a bed aboard a first-class flight sounds luxurious, but imagine traveling through America's heartlands at high speed... without ever leaving your hotel room.

A graduate student studying architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently became the Radical Innovation Award's student winner for his "Hyperloop Hotel," a fancy transit system that allows you to travel inside of your hotel room to 13 different cities.

This concept image shows the tunnel that the Hyperloop Hotel would travel through.
Source: Radical Innovation

It's just an idea, but it's one that drew its inspiration from some real-life tech. The futuristic hotel concept draws from DevLoop, a track near Las Vegas that's testing "Hyperloop One," an energy-efficient tube that aims to shoot vehicles through it at airplane speeds. The startup hopes to have Hyperloop One carrying passengers by 2020, so a hotel based on its system isn't totally inconceivable for our future.

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The brain behind Hyperloop Hotel, Brandan Siebrecht, suggested that guests would pay a flat fee of $1,200 to travel between cities without ever having to exit their room (Siebrecht has not set a price for each night yet). Guests would be comfortable while traveling, but they'd also be able to stop in any of the 13 cities it visits, which includes Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and Boston.

"Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day," Siebrecht told Business Insider.

This concept image shows a Hyperloop Hotel.
Source: Radical Innovation

The hotels, of course, would have to be built to accommodate hyperloops and these strange, container-like suites. The price tag would be steep — Siebrecht estimates it would cost about $10 million to build each one. With that said, suites would be "outfitted for luxury," with an office, bedroom, bathroom and living room inside.

In this concept image, a man makes a victory gesture over his luxury traveling suite.
Source: Radical Innovation

There are no plans to actually build this, but he estimates that advancements in tech will make this wild idea actually feasible in the next five to 10 years.

"I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world," Siebrecht told Business Insider. "I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality."

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