REVIEW: I stayed in Sydney's first capsule hotel -- here's what it was like

Photo: Sarah Kimmorley

Sydney has its very first capsule hotel.

The accommodation, which is made up pods for rooms, originated in Japan where the need for cheap, overnight accommodation is required in the expensive, crowded city.

The Capsule Hotel in Sydney is located in the renovated Century Bar on George Street, and has rooms starting at $60 a night.

Business Insider thought we’d give it a try and see what the experience is like.

Here’s what we thought.

On the corner of George St in the middle of Sydney's CBD...

Is the city's first capsule hotel. Lit up in lights it's hard to miss

It seems pretty popular for a Wednesday night. The hotel it walking distance from Town Hall, Central and Museum stations

Taking the elevator or stairs to level 3, you arrive at the reception

It's recently renovated and is fitted out with modern designs and furnishing. It was formerly the 'Century Bar'

Here's the reception. There are 70 capsules in the hotel, and tonight it is around 60% full

Here is the communal lounge area. The hotel opened in May this year

And what you've all been waiting for -- the rooms! It's considered high-end budget style accommodation

Up the stairs. I'm in the top capsule

Lucky I'm not a sleep-walker

Here's your first look inside. This is the Deluxe Capsule which goes for $70/ night. A Standard Capsule is $60/ night

Everything you would expect of a normal hotel room: Bed, fluffy pillows...

And all the gadgets

Like other hotel rooms you need to insert the key to turn the power on

Here's the temperature control and alarm clock

Communal living mean headphones only

Thank goodness for this SOS button. I was worried that there would be no back up plan if I couldn't open the door after closed shut

A safe for your belongings

Air! (In case you're feeling claustrophobic)

A decent-sized television screen. Even though these capsules seem sturdy I can hear people talking in the capsule underneath me

A fire extinguisher, and...

Smoke alarm. Safety first!

Let's have a look around the rest of the room

Here are the lockers for your personal items...

Allocated with your room number. I'm 303

One problem: the clothing rail in the top lockers are too high. Even though I am tall

Here is my solution

Back outside to take a look around the communal areas

Here's the kitchen

And the unisex bathrooms...

And showers

There are two bars underneath the hotel. This one is the sports bar

And here's the cocktail bar, another level down

Overall, the experience was more of a novelty than anything else. You have to book knowing that it is shared accomodation. While it was clean and comfortable, it was at times quite noisy. See a video of the capsule here


*The author was a guest of the Capsule Hotel.

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