USING OLD BUSES AS HOTELS IS ACTUALLY KIND OF A GENIUS IDEA

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What happens to buses when they are too rundown to be of service any more? If you’re like us, you probably have no clue simply because that thought hasn’t really ever crossed your mind. But here’s what can happen to buses when they’ve been put out to pasture, so to speak.

A park in China has taken 30 abandoned buses and turned them into mini-hotels with private kitchens, bathrooms and crazy themes ranging from Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse. The cost per night? About $43. Sold!

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The owner of the Tai Tai Mountain Park in Taiyun in the Shanxi Province told CNN that each bus cost about $9,000 to glam up but that the cost of the abandoned buses was “cheap to buy and it’s a great reuse of waste.” Cheap and green? It’s a hotelier’s dream.

The park should have a total of 200 “rooms” ready by July 1 but they won’t all be buses. Some will have lived former lives as tractors, trucks, and planes. [Claps giddily to self with excitement.]

Considering that one of Airbnb’s most popular rentals is a vintage airstream trailer in Malibu (Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss posed for Vogue in it), repurposing vehicles as hotel rooms could be a legit business now.

[Photos via CNN]

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Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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