So it comes as no surprise that their popular ‘capsule hotel’ — a hybrid hotel/hostel where each guest has a personalised pod to sleep in — is spreading to the rest of the world, most notably to Sydney, Australia, which will open its first capsule hotel in November.
The first two floors of the space will be a cocktail bar and nightclub, called Century Bar, while the three floors above those will house the pods.
There will be 72 beds in all, with both single and deluxe options. Each capsule will contain a large LED screen and entertainment system, Wi-Fi, lighting, and a secure sliding door.
Chris Wilks, one of the designers behind the hotel, told Business Insider Australia that they saw the need for a capsule hotel as traditional hotel prices have gone up in Sydney, along with real estate prices. “The only alternative to more expensive hotel rooms are smaller rooms, and more of them,” he said.
Amenities will include a common kitchen, breakfast bar, lounge area, rooftop terrace, and shared bathrooms. According to the design firm, the layout will be reminiscent of the Soho House of New York and London, while the design itself “take their inspiration from the building, that being an interwar art deco period aesthetic.”
The pods are described as an option for solo travellers who are looking for more privacy than a typical hostel, but still want an affordable night’s stay. Prices will range from AUS $40 – $60 ($29 – $44 USD) per night.
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