Budget travel redefined with China’s first capsule hotel
They seem like boxes from a distance. Go a little closer and they might remind you of your hostel beds. Now move up close and you will be glad to know that these capsules have a bed, a power point, a TV, a clock, a wireless Internet and is meant for the budget traveller!
Inspired from Japan’s capsule hotels, these pint sized cubby holes, actually make a lot of sense for the busy traveller on a limited budget, and especially in the world’s most populous country, where tourism has increased triple fold over the last half decade. China’s booming tourism industry was expected to host 2.1 billion domestic and international travellers in 2010, an increase of 12 per cent over the previous year.
The hotel has 68 cabinet-sized rooms imported from Japan – where capsule hotels originated; and will serve as a huge relief for the thousands who will crisscross the country in the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.
The men-only hotel charges 68 yuan ($A10) for 10 hours or 88 yuan for 24 hours. So, next time you’re in the land of the dragon, try to opt for these cushy cabinets instead of your plush luxury 5-star comfort!