From where it all began in Japan, to new openings in Australia, take a look at these small yet stylish stays. After all, less is more!
The trend for capsule stays is on the rise, with more and more ‘pod hotels’ opening up all over the world, and what’s more, they’re evolving to appeal to style savvy travellers looking for comfort and class without all too many frills and fuss. The self-contained accommodation comes with all the essentials and is ideal for short-stay and for budget travellers, so they can focus on exploring the destination. Capsule pod stays are ideal for travellers seeking both an inexpensive stay and an alternative experience.
1. Sydney, Australia
Australia is the latest to join the capsule hotel trend, as its first Japanese inspired capsule hotel launched earlier this year. Whether it’s for the sightseeing, shopping or surf – Sydney is an incredible city to explore, come day or night. New restaurants and bars are always popping up, the beaches are great for surfing or relaxing and you don’t have to go far to uncover wonders such as the iconic Blue Mountains.
Where to stay: The Pod is located in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just 10 minutes’ walk from Central Train Station, close to Capitol Theatre and Darling Harbour which boasts restaurants and shopping centres. Each pod has a king single bed and personal reading light, air conditioning, shared bathrooms, kitchen and shared lounge.
F6/396 Pitt St,
NSW 2000 – Australia
Phone. +61 2 8959 1293
2. Tokyo, Japan
Where the capsule hotel began, Japan is full of these unique and stylish stays and they’re a great way to save money if you’re planning a trip to this vibrant and buzzing city. Travellers love Tokyo for its sci-fi cityscapes, incredible cuisine and quirky shopping – with Booking.com travellers endorsing it for food, convenient public transport and shopping. Make sure you snap a city view from the top of a skyscraper, explore the backstreets of Harajuku and try some Michelin starred food.
Where to stay: Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku is right in the heart of Tokyo, a two minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station and a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The hotel has an internet café, a mist sauna, jet bath, massage chair and guests will be welcomed with complimentary green tea.
Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku – Tokyo
Phone. +81 3 6856 3222
Singapore is fast becoming a sustainable and green destination, and alongside its diverse shopping, easy transport links and instagrammable food it’s definitely one to add to your list. Not to mention, just a short trip outside of the city centre, you’ll find hiking trails, wildlife and botanic gardens. You’ll be busy exploring day and night so staying in a clean and stylish capsule stay is all you need!
Where to stay: Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel is located near Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple, offering guests a clean, cosy and cheap stay in a great spot for exploring the city. Guests get an individual locker, luxury bedding and access to a kitchen and roof terrace. If you are travelling with kids there is also the Family Pod.
Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel
38 Upper Cross St,
Phone. +65 6532 0911
4. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is an assault on the senses and one of the greatest destinations for adventurous foodies with its many street food stalls and buzzing restaurants. Exploring the city’s streets, you could end up on a boat trip, exploring hidden markets, gazing at Buddhist temples or in a roof top bar overlooking the city.
Where to stay: The LAF Hotel Aree is a capsule hotel that offers all you need for a good night’s stay – air conditioning, a TV, kettle, toiletries, an onsite bar and self-serving breakfast. Situated near the BTS station Ari, it’s easy to explore the wider world of bustling Bangkok.
The LAF Hotel Aree
3 Paholyothin Soi 5,
Bangkok – Thailand
Phone. +66 90 902 1942
5. Moscow, Russia
Full of art, history and culture, Moscow never fails to impress. Visit the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral first then peruse the museums to immerse yourself in this country’s iconic history. The architecture will no doubt overwhelm you with its many beautiful churches and cathedrals. The capital is home to some of the best performing arts in the world so make sure to book tickets to the ballet at Bolshoi Theatre.
Where to stay: InterQUBE Chistye Prudy is just 100 yards from Chistoprudny Boulevard and Sovremennik Theatre with cafes, shops and restaurants is just five minutes’ walk away. Each capsule sleep one or two people and comes equipped with comfortable bedding, safety deposit box, air conditioning, clothes rack and shared bathrooms – what more could you need?
InterQUBE Chistye Prudy
Ulitsa Makarenko 5C/1А,
Moscow – Russia
Phone. +7 800 707 80 61
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