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Fancy a one nighter at Hotel VW California?


July 28, 2014

The Hotel VW California comprises six VW California SE camper vans, to be installed in sel...

The Hotel VW California comprises six VW California SE camper vans, to be installed in select UK locations

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Those wishing to experience a night in a modern VW camper without the usual cost may be interested in the Hotel VW California. Sounding a bit like an Eagles song gone awry, it's actually a marketing stunt by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) and LateRooms.com that offers guests one night in a VW California SE camper van in a select UK location.

There are six California SE camper vans in all, each of which has a pop-up roof and sleeps up to four adults. The vans are outfitted with a kitchen area that includes fridge, burner cooker and sink with running water, in addition to beds, integrated LED lighting, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and central heating. An awning with table, chairs and barbecue equipment is also attached.

A California SE camper van sleeps up to four people

The first location chosen for the Hotel VW California was Temple Island, a small private island near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. "Rooms" cost £35 (US$60) per night and all proceeds went to charity.

Booking for Temple Island has now closed but VWCV states that the Hotel VW California will be rolling out to other selected locations in the UK soon.

The promo video below shows Temple Island and the VW California SE vans in more detail.

Sources: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, LateRooms.com

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I want one here in America.

29th July, 2014 @ 02:19 pm PDT

Camping in a VW van! Hmmm.........

Bill Powis
29th July, 2014 @ 04:58 pm PDT

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these vans. What a wonderful idea. But could they please do this at a los angeles volkswagen destination? The UK is MUCH too far.

28th August, 2014 @ 10:34 am PDT
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