Sleeping pods were first common in Japan, but have gained some popularity over the last few years. They are a great option for those who want to save money, but also enjoy the convenience of your own private space.
Here's our list of cities where you can experience affordable and cosy capsule hotels.
1. Nonze Hostel, Pattaya, Thailand
The Walking Street Pattaya is located only five minutes away from the property. It is a rustic-looking modern minimalist hotel for savvy traveller. It has different lounges for relaxing and entertainment, an international power point, good breakfast, and clean bathrooms.
They offer spacious double and single capsules and a slide before checkout.
2. Anshin Oyado, Japan
Who says capsule hotels cannot come with luxury features? Anshin Oyado is located three minutes from the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. It offers Simmons' bedding in all rooms, LCD TV, high quality headphones, a plug for charging, automatically lockable door system per capsule, and lockers with the latest vein authentication system for valuables.
The best part? There is a free misting sauna and artificial hot springs you can try while staying there.
3. Cube Capsule Hostel, Moscow, Russia
Need a private space for yourself while exploring Russia? The hostel’s location is great, plus you get to meet new friends along the way. It features free Wi-Fi throughout the property and air-conditioned rooms.
Enjoy their on-site snack bar with free tea and coffee and a lounge. The shared bathroom facilities are clean with free slippers, toiletries and use of hairdryer. There is also a kitchen and laundry at the property as well.
4. The Prime Pod Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
This capsule hotel is a three-minute walk away from the Keihan Sanjo station and offers a cheap and comfortable stay with free Wi-Fi, roomy capsules and an actual bathtub in the common bathroom.
Excellent for solo travellers.
5. Dream Lodge in Lavender, Singapore
It is located just five to ten minute-walk to the Lavender Subway station. Each cube is quite secure with big beds for your comfort. Big lockers are hidden under the bed for your belongings, too.
They give you a purple wristband that is actually your key fob to lock and unlock your cube's door. It is actually very sleek which reduces the risk of losing your key.
6. CityHub, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This cube hotel is welcoming and eccentric at the same time. This is a great place to spend a few nights even for couples. It is only a few minutes’ walk to the nearest tram stop and only 10 to 15 minutes to visit the "Ten Kate" market.
Shower rooms and toilets are in separate booths where there are always available towels, hair dryer and iron, and guests are provided with free phile-router mobile so you can have internet access as you roam Amsterdam.
7. Star Anise Boutique Capsules, Colombo, Sri Lanka
This hotel has a sociable area for groups of friends. But the luxurious part is when you get inside each capsule with sound resistant walls in-between pods. Each has a spacious headroom with in-built ledge running full length of each pod. It claims to have anti-dust mites and orthopaedic mattresses with a 260 thread-count soft linen and duvets. It has an in-capsule cove lighting, a power socket, and a spacious locker right inside the pod for your valuables.
One of the best freebies it offers are bikes-for-hire which you can use to take a short day-trip.
8. Hey Bear Capsule Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Two minutes away from the MRT Taipei Bridge Station and Sanhe Night Market, this hotel offers guests a personal space with their own LCD and locker in each pod. There is a common social area with drinks, snacks and board games for hire.
There are stalls for a shared bathroom and a free storage is also available for bigger luggage.
9. CAPSULE by Container, Malaysia
They have separate bunk beds for male and female-only use. These are for solo travellers looking for an affordable yet safe and comfortable stay.
Each occupant uses the shared bathroom but all capsules have single or double size beds, a personal locker, privacy blind, foldable desk with mirror, electric power point, free toiletries, reading lamps and free Wi-Fi.
10. The Capsule Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Centrally located within a ten minute walk from Sydney's tourist attractions. It's a go-to place if you are travelling by yourself. Each capsule has either a front or side entrance and is roomy with air-conditioning, a power-outlet, adjustable lighting, mirror, small table, TV, headphones outlet, and a small safe.
You'll also have your own locker outside which can keep your large bag and other travel stuff.
11. Galaxy Pod Hostel, Reykjavík, Iceland
This futuristic-inspired hostel with pods inside is just a 15-minute walk to the central part of the city. Although there are plenty of restaurants nearby, guests can prepare their own food in the common kitchen.
There are secure lockers inside the pods for your convenience.
12. Juicy Snooze, Christchurch, New Zealand
The hostel is near the airport with a cool design aiming to give a fun vibe to oncoming backpackers. It offers free Wi-Fi, sockets and USB charging units, a fan, privacy blinds, storage net and a bigger locker under the pod for larger bags.
Though these pods look small, they actually have a king single bed installed for your comfort.