A sneaky trailer park set up for Adele fans
A hotel proprietor selling accommodation for the Adele concert came up with a trailblazing way to get around council regulations - a trailer park.
Shayne La Rosa, proprietor of Shooters Saloon Hotel, Bar and Cabins was selling accommodation for Adele fans at 11 furnished cabins on the section next to his Kingsland bar when Auckland council ruled the cabins non-compliant, only a month before her concert.
‘‘I didn’t want to let people down,’’ La Rosa said.
So he offered a refund to those who wanted one, and a more council-compliant choice to the others - caravans.
‘‘The council turned up and, you know, I thought they’d just go ballistic,’’ La Rosa said.
‘‘But they said ‘when we saw the caravans we thought good on ya Shayne for finding another way to get around it’.’’
He hired four caravans for the weekend and dropped the price of accommodation to $75-100 a night which he thought was ‘‘quite dear for a caravan’’ then refunded people the difference between their previously booked accommodation and their new trailer park digs.
La Rosa said it cost him $300 per caravan, $1200 in total, to hire four for the weekend of the Adele concert
‘‘There was one couple they wouldn’t let me refund them, they said ‘nope you’ve helped us out, this is what we want’.’’
But there were plenty of others to take their place, right up to Adele’s final day, three people cancelled their caravan bookings on the day of the concert so La Rosa put them back up online at 11.00am in the morning and they were snapped up within hours.
He even had three or four people walk in and express interest in staying in the caravans long-term.
La Rosa’s hired caravans were hauled off Monday afternoon and says he’ll be selling his cabins off but hasn’t abandoned plans for building accommodation at two sites neighbouring his existing hotel.
Adele was brought to tears on her final night at Mt Smart Stadium as she recalled how far she’s come and that she might not tour again.
The British singer thanked the crowd for coming to the final night of her world tour. As the rain poured, she told the 40,000 plus crowd they were the only reason she did this.
It was her final international date on a gruelling world tour that started on February 29, 2016.
Shayne La Rosa set up a caravan park in Kingsland to accommodate Adele concertgoers. 28-AKL-caravan