If you’re on the look-out for affordable in-transit stays, check out these five capsule hotels that won’t burn a hole in your pockets. By Naina Atri
Convenient and fuss-free, capsule hotels, which are Japanese in origin, are finding a market in countries across the world. In India, though there aren’t a plethora of options to choose from, the potential for them is certainly recognisable. Tailored to suit the basic requirements for usually overnight stays, each guest is provided with a ‘capsule’ of their own which is essentially a bed-sized pod. Subject to variation, additional amenities include a television, Wi-Fi, plug points and small storage spaces. Outside of Japan, the rooms may be slightly bigger, but the basic premise of just a bed-sized room remains the same. Such hotels are best-suited to travelling businessmen (who were the original ‘target audience’), backpackers and travellers faced with unexpected delays.
Check out these 5 budget-friendly capsule hotels in India
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Located at the Mumbai Central Railway Station, UrbanPod positions itself as the place to stay for the ‘new-age’ traveller. Minimalistic yet assuredly comfortable, UrbanPod, with the basic capsule room, offers variations to suit different needs. Beyond the classic pod, one can choose the private pod, the women’s only pods space, and rooms for the differently abled, which includes a queen-size bed and space for wheelchairs. With the capsule, one also gets free Wi-Fi and free locker space. Modern and affordable, UrbanPod has quickly become a reliable stay.
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Qubestay functions to support the nomadic traveller. Thus, along with the rooms, the hotel also has a café, an outdoor garden, work station and a library. Room types, which include bunk beds, vary depending on one’s budget. Its location is another pro – the hotel is three kilometres from the International Airport and five kilometres from the Domestic Airport.
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Finding stay in between flights can be quite a demanding task, and an expensive one. Herein comes Snooze At My Space, which offers a peaceful and comfortable oasis amidst the rush of the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. With an air-conditioner, mini fridge, an attached toilet and shower, working table, a television and Wi-Fi, the pod allows one to recuperate and get recharged for the next flight. The pods are available opposite the Arrival Gate No. 1 of Terminal 3 as well as the International Departures Pier in the Security hold area. Pods differ on the basis of single or double occupancy and the duration of the stay, with the minimum at three hours.
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This capsule hotel isn’t a typical pod hotel. Outside the bustling city-life, Aventura is found on the hilltops of Ooty. Their ‘hobbit-holes’ found on Aventura’s campsites are surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous views. The site truly captures simplistic yet modern camping, with the hobbit holes providing a snug rustic experience.
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With dorms, pods and and larger deluxe rooms, PodStop caters to a variety of guests who have plenty of shared spaces that combats the loneliness of a solo traveller, such as the dining spaces, library and patio. Located in East Of Kailash, Delhi, PodStop is found in one of the liveliest parts of the capital city. With its warm neutral tones, PodStop is a welcoming space suited to ever-wandering travellers.
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