Capsule hotels pros and cons

Capsule hotel, inside look. Mirror, safe box, light, AC control, outlets, all you need, even fire extinguisher
Capsule hotel, inside look. Mirror, safe box, light, AC control, outlets, all you need, even fire extinguisher

Capsule hotels and sleeping boxes 

The concept of capsule hotel/bed was developed in Osaka in 1979. As you know land in Japanese cities is crazy expensive, prices for sq.m in the city center start from 2500$ in Osaka and from 3000$ in Tokyo. Seriously! In some countries you can buy a house with this money! The idea of sharing a room with 8 to 20 strangers doesn’t appeal to everybody. I know plenty of people who have never stayed and probably will never stay in a dormitory. And here comes the capsule hotel concept.

Bunk capsule bed, George Town, Malaysia
Bunk capsule bed, George Town, Malaysia

What is capsule hotel?

It’s not a hotel in its traditional understanding, there are no rooms. Your bed is basically a room, with mirror, AC, lights, outlets, shelves, TV, wi-fi connection and safe box. This way you get privacy but pay less than in a ‘normal’ hotel. You can lock your capsule from inside/outside none will disturb you. The capsule itself is quite small so if you suffer from claustrophobia it’s not for you.

Capsule hotel, inside look. Mirror, safe box, light, AC control, outlets, all you need, even fire extinguisher
Capsule hotel, inside look. Mirror, safe box, light, AC control, outlets, all you need, even fire extinguisher

Where can you find capsule hotels?

First of all in Japan, Tokio and Osaka have more than one, of course China, if something exists you will definitely find it in China. In Europe first capsule hotel was opened in Belgium in 2012. Nowadays you can find them in more than 40 countries around the world. The concept of sleeping in a “box” overcame the idea of saving money, it became a trend, cool place to sleep rather than to save. We found one capsule hotel in Malaysian George Town, city with hundreds of different cheap accommodation options. To stay in Time Capsule hotel costs 60 Ringgit for a single bed capsule and 100 for a double bed capsule. Showers and toilets are shared, capsule is too small to install these luxuries! For a double room in a cheap guest house with AC, wi-fi and shared bathroom we paid 56 Ringgit, for a fancier one with ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV etc. – 70 Ringgit. Nevertheless the price the hotel in George Town was quite full. 

Time capsule hotel, George Town
Time capsule hotel, George Town

Sleepbox, airport analog of capsule hotel

Airport analog of capsule hotels – sleepbox becoming more and more popular, from New York to Moscow, you can sleep in a “box” while waiting for your flight. Unfortunately for us, budget travelers, it’s not affordable, average price for a single bed box starts from 15$ per hour. Don’t know about you but we usually perfectly well sleep on the seats or floor at any airport in the world for FREE.

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