Capsule hotels are seeing a boom around the world. Practical, functional and affordable, these chic no-frills rooms are now mushrooming around the world, thanks to the rise of solo travelling. You can now find them not just at its birth origins of Japan, but in other parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. The tiny, stacked rooms are helping the Italian city cope with exploding tourist numbers, too!
For less than US$100 a night, swap that hostel-style accommodation for the new generation of capsule hotels that marry co-living and co-working for the Gen Y travellers.
Capsule Hotel Astil Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan
This capsule hotel in Japan offers non-smoking rooms, lockers, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and basically everything that you can think of to feel extra secure and safe. But this is a bit of a squeeze – if you don't mind.
Urbanpod Hotel, Mumbai
These pod-like bedrooms are quiet and comfy, and the hotel is just 7km away from Powai Lake. Good thing is: You'll get a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, charging points and a locker in your capsule room.
Photo: Bloc Hotel
Bloc Hotel, London Gatwick
Bloc Hotel in London has hotel-like capsule rooms and it's located near Gatwick’s departure lounge. This is the great place to catch up on your sleep, while waiting for the next flight.
Forward, funky and hip, this capsule hotel oozes with trendiness. It offers bunk beds, dotted touch-screens around the building, an interactive app that instantly registers all hotel guests, and a digital concierge. You can hang out at the common area, work or chill.
Cabana offers comfortable beds in compact rooms for anyone who's looking to unwind after a long flight. The hotel features an open-air bar on the roof for a view of the city. Take note: The hotel only caters to men.
Photo: The Jane Hotel
The Jane Hotel, New York
The rooms of this capsule hotel in New York is inspired by the compartments of a old-school sleeper train. Overlooking the Hudson River, the cozy wooden interiors will trick you into thinking that you are actually traveling in a train compartment.
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