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Faktum Hotels : a boutique hotel approach to help the homeless

April 28, 2013 at 6:29 by Bridget Comments

Clever play by Forsman & Bodenfors to promote Gothenburg’s street newspaper “Faktum” through a tongue in cheek online hotel booking platform. They chose ten places where any of the 3400 homeless people were likely to spend the night in Gothenburg – and made it possible to book each place, just like any hotel.

“Faktum Hotels is not a real hotel where you can book real hotel accommodation. It’s a smart way to support Gothenburg’s street newspaper, Faktum.”

I love the detail of the photography, copy and sound design on the website.  F&B hired a travel photographer from Condé Nast for the shoot. Each room is described using language often deployed to sell boutique hotels or luxury travel destinations.

Any of the ‘rooms’ could be booked for yourself or booked to give away as a gift. The idea is interesting because it creates a social currency out of the act of donating.  We’ve seen this done well by DDB for Greenpeace with The New Warrior.

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