- Pod and capsule hotels – where guests sleep in tiny rooms equipped with the bare minimum – are becoming increasingly popular in Asia and Europe.
- This coming spring, a pod hotel will open in Whistler, British Columbia, near the luxurious Blackcomb Ski resort.
- Prices haven’t yet been released, but the hotel should give budget travellers access to one of North America’s best ski resorts.
The Blackcomb Ski resort in Whistler, B.C. is one of the most luxurious in North America. Averaging around $US253 for a day and night, its slopes attract celebrities like Justin Bieber, and during peak season hotels can be up to $US800 a night.
The Pangea Pod Hotel – opening in spring of 2018 – is hoping to attract a different kind of tourist to the heart of Whistler with its shared spaces, promised low rates, and tiny private sleeping pods.
Pod and capsule hotels have become increasingly popular among young, budget-conscious travellers in Japan,Amsterdam, and Singapore. Providing the bare minimum in a small space, these type of accommodations generally range between $US24 to $US65. Below, see the renderings for the Pangea Pod Hotel.
The Pangea offers 88 independent sleeping pods each with their own bathroom. Shared spaces include a living area, and a rooftop bar.
Each pod comes equipped with a double mattress, a built-in fan, a small lockable storage closet, and a space to hang clothes.
The light wood, mirrors, and artwork accentuate the space.
Travellers can also charge their electronics in the room.
The shared living room space has a cafe and acts as a meeting space for guests.
Unlike most pod hotels, individual bathrooms are located within the suites themselves.
Storage for ski equipment can be kept in the hotel’s “Toy Box.” While prices haven’t been released yet, The Pangea Pod Hotel will open in spring of 2018.
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