CNN also has a story about Shantytown – the Emoya Luxury Hotel in Bloemfontein.
"This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!"
Each shanty in the "town" goes for 850 South African rand ($82) a night, sleeps four people and has electricity and running water.
In a clumsy play for verisimilitude, rooms are equipped with donkey geysers (water heaters) and long drops (outdoor toilets).
Now I somewhat like the idea. Sure it's expensive, sure its fake but how do you you get rich people to explore poverty really? This is a good idea and I'm glad the founders took the risk. Is it well executed? I'm not sure but I'd love to check it out!
Picture credit cnn.com.