Modern life seems to be working towards making everything more efficient and portable – laptops are becoming sleeker and lighter, phones are becoming thinner, and more people are deciding to downsize and work remotely. So it makes sense that hotel culture would follow suit, giving rise to a whole host of places that offer smaller spaces for the same purpose as a regular room.
The concept of pod or capsule hotels began in Japan in the 1970s, and quickly grew traction – there are capsule hotels available all around the world, for anyone to use. If you’re claustrophobic, or you find it difficult to fall asleep in small spaces, pod hotels may not be the best choice, but if you’re looking to have one night’s sleep in somewhere comfortable, with all the luxury and security of a hotel without the astronomical prices, there’s nothing more convenient. You could even use them for a quick nap, or a place to relax or shower in the middle of your travels.
So if you’re intrigued by the idea, check out these pod hotels:
The Capsule Hotel (Sydney, Australia)
Sydney’s first capsule hotel is fitted out with as many luxuries as can fit into a small space. There are android TVs, streaming services, and unlimited free Wi-Fi. There’s also a bar, and an area with Dartsman and Poker machines. There’s also a delectable menu- you can order premium wagyu beef, or take a five minute walk to Kobe Wagyu Yakiniku.
9h nine hours (Multiple locations, Japan)
Going by the name, you won’t be surprised to find that this Japanese capsule hotel splits up their reservations into a very specific amount of time – nine hours. Going by the idea that you’ll only need to spend nine hours in the hotel, with one hour apiece for showering and relaxing, and then seven to sleep, this is the ultimate in efficient time management.
CityHub (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Amsterdam’s answer to the capsule hotel trend comes with a ton of perks – wristbands that open your pod and tap beers from the kitchen, a digital tour guide app, and capsules fitted with LED lights in a variety of colours for that final, aesthetic touch. There are communal areas and bathrooms, although the latter is separated for men and women.
Galaxy Pod Hotel (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Staying at the Galaxy Pod Hotel is one step away from being on a spaceship, with lilac walls and numerous electric outlets, but the staff work hard to make the hotel a home away from home with comfortable communal areas and well-stocked kitchens. There’s even free popcorn for daily movie nights, so you won’t be left wanting for anything. And although capsule hotels are normally one-person endeavours, Galaxy Pod Hotel was rated highly by couples.
Book & Bed (Multiple locations, Japan)
This capsule hotel offers more of a whimsical experience than most hotels in general, by providing a bed surrounded by bookshelves for some night-time reading. The beds are simple, and offer less than a usual capsule hotel room, although there’ll still be an outlet for any electronic devices. But if you’re a book lover of any kind, staying at Book & Bed will be an experience like no other.
Jucy Snooze (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Have yourself the most fruitful sleep of your life with Jucy Snooze, a brightly coloured hotel that’s half standard, and half a capsule hotel. There are eight pods to a room, so if you want to make new friends on your trip to New Zealand, you’re in luck. There’s also a communal room with hammocks, and a special coffee shop at the base of the hotel.