Geneseo Inn upcycled old shipping containers into new buildings. Picture: Instagram/Geneseo Inn.
Geneseo Inn upcycled old shipping containers into new buildings. Picture: Instagram/Geneseo Inn.

LOOK: How Geneseo Inn turned old shipping containers into a luxury hotel

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Aug 7, 2020

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Hotels are constantly thinking outside of the box when it comes to concepts. A luxury boutique hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles wine country in California did just that when they designed their hotel built using industrial shipping crates.

Geneseo Inn, perched above the vines on CASS Winery's 145 acres of vineyard, upcycled old shipping containers into new buildings. The result is pure magic.

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Doing something epic in our community. GENESEO INN is built entirely of shipping crates, and is elevating the Paso Robles experience!⁣ ⁣ Join us for a Facebook LIVE with Krush radio's "CORK DORKS!" Tomorrow night! FRIDAY 5-7PM. ⁣ ⁣ Hop onto Facebook, joining in the fun! Get the full tour, the story behind this incredible project, and grab great promotions along with a FREE NIGHT GIVEAWAY!⁣ ⁣ Tomorrow night.⁣ Facebook.⁣ 5-7pm.⁣ Cork Dorks.⁣ Steve, Ted, and Gang.⁣ Giveaways. ⁣ Deals. ⁣ WINE! ⁣ And a great time! ⁣ That 'bout sums it up!!⁣ Cheers!! 🍷⁣ ⁣ Photo cred: @11thstreetstudio⁣ ⁣ #pasoroblesca #pasoroblescalifornia #pasorobleswinecountry #pasorobleswine #inn #geneseoinn #geneseoinnatcass #casswinery #wineryretreat #luxuryinn #moderninn #modernhotel #ecohotel #shippingcrate #centralcoastvacationrental #centralcoastcalifornia #visitpaso #visitpasorobles #winecountryeats #modernbedandbreakfast #igtravel #california #visitcalifornia #travelgram #renovation #design #interiordesign #moderndesign #slocounty #boutiquehotel

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According to Euronews, the unique concept was created by architecture firm Ecotech Design and winery owners Steve Crass and Ted Plemons with the help of CRATE Modular.

Walter Scott Perry, the founder of Ecotech Design, told DesignBoom that the design was inspired by the vineyard itself.

“The most compelling attribute of this project is the use of modular components, in combination with recycled materials, to enhance the visual interest and create an impressive panoramic openness that connects interior spaces, walkways, and decks. these connect with the vineyard vistas beyond. the structures become truly integrated with their environment. both container units and the vineyard itself have been recycled — a time-tested adaptive-reuse design strategy,” he told the publication.

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We have an expression around here. It's "WINE IS KING!" 🤴👑🍷⁣ ⁣ We do so many things here on the vineyard, from weddings, to corporate events, concerts, and stellar restaurant experiences. However, it ALWAYS comes back to the wine. Our Rhône varietals are world class fabulousness, and have awarded us so many accolades. ⁣ ⁣ With all that [email protected] is quickly becoming a shiny star of its own! Six years in the making, the 𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗢 𝗜𝗡𝗡 just might become 𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗘𝗡! (𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘴 "𝘉𝘰𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘙𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘺"??) 👸🥂⁣ ⁣ 𝘉𝘖𝘖𝘒𝘐𝘕𝘎 𝘑𝘜𝘕𝘌 𝘕𝘖𝘞 >> 𝘓𝘐𝘕𝘒 𝘐𝘕 ⁣ BIO ⁣ 📷cred: @11thstreetstudio

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The hotel has seven rooms with ultra-modern amenities and appliances, elevated vineyard views and 12' high, natural daylight and ventilated central lighting spaces.

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Introducing the AT LAST room! The Etta James classic was the easy choice for naming this beauty. That deep, sultry and languid exhalation of "Aaaaaaat Laaaaaaaassssst" is what we want all our guests to feel when treated to the quiet luxury of our suite. Created from three crates , as opposed to two, AT LAST has an incredibly spacious and open feel. The large bathroom is only one of the perks, as this unit is the only one with a living room with sleeper sofa AND a large private deck that faces out to our north end vineyard. With a four paneled disappearing glass sliding door, you can enjoy and entertain in the space for lovely alfresco meals. As our beautiful brides who get married here at CASS for our @casswineryweddings will stay in this abode, we wanted the colors to be soft and organic. We have made sure that there is plenty of room for her girls to primp prior to celebration, but also room to breathe and gather with loved ones. The two hundred year old Missourri barn-wood headboard roots the room in the past, while the soft linear designs of the exterior crate surfaces and vanity materials gives the room it's edge. Whether it's just the two of you enjoying the vines, a wedding party making memories, or a couple retreat to wine country....we want you to feel pampered and appreciated here! 📸 @11thstreetstudio #pasoroblesca #pasoroblescalifornia #pasorobleswinecountry #pasorobleswine #inn #geneseoinn #geneseoinnatcass #casswinery #wineryretreat #luxuryinn #moderninn #modernhotel #ecohotel #shippingcrate #centralcoastvacationrental #centralcoastcalifornia #visitpaso #visitpasorobles #winecountryeats #modernbedandbreakfast #igtravel #california #visitcalifornia #travelgram #renovation #design #interiordesign #moderndesign #slocounty #boutiquehotel

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Its common gathering areas also heavily feature serene surroundings for those who are big on picturesque views. There’s also gourmet breakfast served daily with fresh-baked artisan pastries accompanied with a chef-inspired signature item.

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