During the Summer months it is not uncommon for a friend or two to ask me if I would be interested in going camping and without fail my answer is always, “No I don’t do camping BUT I am totally into ‘Glamping’ – and by ‘Glamping’, I mean resting my head at a Four Seasons property in an exotic location. It’s obvious that I am not the only one who would only want to take in the outdoors without sacrificing certain amenities. Glamping, which is actually a real thing now, allows people to seek the refuge of nature without forgoing some of life’s luxuries. Since 2011, The Pop-Up Hotel has been visiting some of the most beautiful locations across the UK to provide people with an upscale alternative for festival and event accommodation. The bespoke company’s mantra is “wherever a tent can be pitched, the hotel can ‘pop-up’!” and I can’t help but think why it took so long for someone to develop this concept.
I first heard of The Pop-Up Hotel from a friend who attended Glastonbury Music Festival this year and I was immediately compelled to find out everything possible about this unique and luxurious temporary accommodation. Providing all the amenities one would expect staying at a hotel, The Pop-Up Hotel provides guests with pillows, duvets, crisp linens, double size beds, lighting, toiletries, in addition to full access to private amenities like showers. Guests at this year’s Glastonbury Pop-Up Hotel received round the clock first class service. Upon check-in, luggage was delivered straight to the tents with round the clock security. In between concert sessions, festival goers could chill by the campfires, dine at the Pop-Up restaurants or hang at the tented sitting room which contained a full service bar.
New for this year at the music festival was the Pop-Up Spa which was nestled on the grounds located in five indian hand-painted tents. The spa provided a vast array of treatments for guest to enjoy before a day of concerts or at the end of a long day of partying. Trained therapists and aestheticians from London’s premier spa Elemis also provided body painting and henna tats while a cocktail hair bar provided specialized treatments to keep festival locks ready for Instagram selfies.
If you’re lucky enough to nab tickets to next year’s festival, you can choose from one of 14 room options at The Pop-Up Hotel, which includes the Classic Room a 16 sqft Bell tent, to the uber luxe fully furnished Tenthouse Suite or the ridiculously huge Mughal tent with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, dining and living room totalling 2,000 sqft. Festivals not really your thing? Then head over to the Pop-Up Hotel’s website for further information on other pop-up locations and bespoke private hire services here.