These hip capsule hotels make even an hours-long stopover a vacation
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka, Japan
First Cabin calls itself the “business class” of capsule hotels. Every pod is mod-minimalist in design yet affords ample headroom, especially when considering its 2 to 4sqm size. Rates per stay start at ¥5,800, and guests get access to a common bath with private shower units and free WiFi.
Pod fittings: LCD TV, safety box, power sockets, accordion shutter, sleepwear and slippers (optional). first-cabin.jp
Sanchong District, Taipei, Taiwan
If you want the traditional boxlike capsule done better and brighter, try Hey Bear. The futuristic pods are fully electronic with a reassuring sleep setting called “black-bear hibernation”. Stays are from TW$1,500. There’s also a mirrored dressing area, a bath and free WiFi.
Pod fittings: Electronic controls, door lock, safety box, slippers, LED TV with media, toiletry basket, towel, power sockets. heybear-hotel.com
The Adler does its best to make you forget that you’re in a capsule bed. There’s a posh living room, and the showers boast hardwood and gilded vanities. Cabins from S$55.
Pod fittings: Cozy lighting, locker, power sockets, blackout curtain, down feather linen. Bookings are inclusive of gourmet breakfast and beverage, free Wifi, deluxe bath amenities, laundry butler, co-working concierge and a turndown service. adlerhostel.com
Modern and elegant with neutral tones, wood veneer pods, and marble bath fittings — not bad at all for a boutique accommodation in bustling Bugis starting at only S$78. What’s more, all this come for free: local calls, WiFi, toilet and bath amenities, dry cleaning, coffee and breakfast.
Pod fittings: Sateen cotton sheets, locker with keycard access, hanger, clothes rack, reading light, fold-down table, power sockets, towels. thepod.sg
Capsule by Container Hotel
Terminal 2, Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Here’s a dream hotel for urban travelers done with industrial chic, sustainable minimalist architecture, smart use of space, Scandinavian-style capsules, cool music and art. There’s beer, too. Stays for a minimum of six hours start at MYR80.
Pod fittings: CapSpace design, Orthorest bed, drawer, reading light, towel, locker key, toiletries, slippers. capsulecontainer.com
This article first appeared in the March 2017 issue of Smile magazine.