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Glastonbury Festival review: Snoozebox Hotel

By Bede_MacGowan  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

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I have a confession to make. This year, I'm glamping.

Snoozebox offered me a room in their portable hotel, last minute on Wednesday, just as I was preparing to head to the site.

It's a cool concept - recycled shipping containers turned into hotel rooms.

They're located a little way off the site, about a 10 minute walk from Bronze gate, and from the moment we arrived, it was clear we were going to have an entirely different experience.

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We were shown to our room - one double bed, one single, wet room, toilet, heating/air con, TV, plug sockets. Food and drinks, we were told, were complimentary.

We'd be shuttled to and from the festival site in an electric BMW. Was that ok?

This is an entirely different Glasonbury Festival than the one I'm used to. I'd lugged a two-litre plastic bottle of cider in and a few dozen granola bars and felt very silly.

The room was well designed - you get as much room as you'd imagine out of a shipping container, and it was clean and neat.

There were storage compartments that we filled up instantly with wellies, rucksacks and cans of Pringles.

The staff at Snoozebox couldn't have done more for us.

I don't think I've ever been treated so nicely by anyone. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

I got the impression if I asked if they would pop home and make sure the plants were being watered for me, they've had smiled happily and hopped into the nearest car.

They were friendly, remembered my name, and whenever I went anywhere near them came away with breakfast, a drink, or a poncho 'just in case'.

The beds were warm and soft - a godsend after the cold, wet festival, and the shower hot.

Working at the festival is pretty stressful - dashing from stages to stages, trying to make sure you see everything and everyone you need to, battling against technology in the middle of a field, surrounded by drunk people who have a tendency to spill beer all over you, and the review you're trying to write.

It was an oasis of calm after the chaos and exhaustion of the festival, and it was wonderful to actually get some sleep, to be warm, showered and to feel rested every day.

I'll admit, that I did feel a little guilty. When I confessed that I was glamping to a friend, he called me a sell-out. And then he asked if he could borrow my shower.

I suspect I probably work too hard here to take full advantage of everything Snoozebox had to offer - I did little more than sleep there and shower there, but my experience with them was amazing.

If you have the money and get the chance to give Snoozebox a whirl, I can't think of a better place to glamp.

Prices starting at £1,995 per room for five nights, based on two sharing.

Each compact and comfortable room features free wifi, LCD TV, air conditioning/ heating, an en-suite wetroom, a personal safe, a double bed and a single bunk, crisp linens and towels and complimentary toiletries.

Free on-site parking is available for the duration of your stay.

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