Three Great Hotels That Were Funded By the Public
Thanks to Kickstarter, becoming a hotelier is easier than ever. Here, the three most intriguing crowdfunded properties on our radar.
Dram Lodge | Silver Plume, Colorado
After exceeding their goal of raising $25,000 by 66 percent, Colorado natives Brady Becker and Shae Whitney—the husband-and-wife team behind Dram Apothecary Bitters—renovated this 1885 building by themselves. Two of its five guest rooms can now be booked through Airbnb.
Essentially a revived ghost town, Silver Plume (population 172) sits at the bottom of Clear Creek Valley (which has plenty of scenic mountain trails nearby). There’s no hotel restaurant, but each room has its own kitchen, and the duo’s tasting room is just down the block.
Rooms are equipped with vintage kettles, French presses, and organic Ethiopian coffee, plus bottles of Dram’s bitters. Doubles from $150.
The Jennings | Joseph, Oregon
Founder Greg Hennes received more than $100,000 from 870 people for the world’s first Kickstarter-funded hotel. He first spotted this once-dilapidated apartment building in 2010 while on a hiking trip in northeastern Oregon and was sold on the location and its views of the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains.
Working on a shoestring budget of $20 per square foot, Hennes commissioned different designers for each of the 10 rooms, four of which are now complete. There’s also a communal kitchen, a library, and a dining room with whitewashed floors and an oak table that seats 12.
We love the cedar sauna—located across from room No. 2— which is big enough for five people. Doubles from $95.
Treetop Hideaways | Flintstone, Georgia
This single-room tree house, which sleeps three, sits in a forest just across the border from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cofounders Andrew Alms and Enoch Elwell raised $34,000 in less than a month and worked with a local lumberyard, which provided rough-milled timber, and with Coca-Cola, a five-year corporate partner.
The eco-friendly structure has a composting toilet and a copper-lined tub made from a whiskey barrel. Eventually, the house will produce five percent more potable water and electricity than it consumes.
Waterfalls, caves, and hiking trails surround the tree house, but this isn’t roughing it: there’s AC, a microwave, and a mini fridge. $275.