Day Trips: Flophouze Hotel, Round Top

Repurposed shipping containers become chic lodging

Photos by Gerald E. McLeod

The Flophouze Hotel outside of Round Top doesn't look like a boutique hotel from the highway. The red and blue shipping containers look like, well, six cargo containers you might see strapped to an oceangoing freighter or a railroad car.

From the other end, the long, narrow metal boxes reveal their unique characteristics. Each one has a small deck with Adirondack chairs overlooking a lush pasture and the sunset. In the yard of each unit is a fire pit surrounded by chairs and a rope hammock. This is obviously a place to relax.

The cabins may be shaped like mobile homes, but the insides are more rustic chic than luxury, double-wide fashionable. Each one has a living room, kitchenette with coffee maker, refrigerator, and microwave, a surprisingly spacious bathroom, and a comfortable bedroom. Large windows and reclaimed wood paneling give the rooms a bright and airy feel.

"No two are alike," says owner Matt White.

White also owns Recycling the Past, an architectural salvage business that shares the 5-acre lot with the hotel. A native of New Jersey, he has attended the Round Top antique fairs for 20 years. He decided to move part of his business from the North­east and finally had room to try the shipping container hotel concept.

"I'm a Lincoln Log, Lego kind of guy," White says. "I'm always looking for a way to put things together differently."

The Flophouze Hotel is at 1132 FM 1291, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Round Top. Depending on the unit, the rooms can accommodate from three to six guests and rent for $175 to $200 per night. For more information, go to or call 979/353-2627.

1,396th in a series. Follow "Day Trips & Beyond," a travel blog, at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Day Trips
Day Trips: Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley
Day Trips: Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley
Delicious cabrito burgers make it worth a trip

Gerald E. McLeod, Oct. 15, 2021

Day Trips: Ruins of St. Dominic Church, D’Hanis
Day Trips: Ruins of St. Dominic Church, D’Hanis
Resilience of pioneers is captured on historic site

Gerald E. McLeod, Oct. 8, 2021


Flophouze, Matt White, Recycling the Past, Round Top

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle