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Amazing Capsule Hotels Around the World

| Hotels , Design

Those who’ve traveled and lived in Japan know that one remarkable place to stay is the infamous capsule hotel. And now hotels all over the world are taking a cue from Japan’s invention and creating trendy, single-occupant, pod-like capsule hotels that will satisfy even the pickiest travelers. Check out some neat local and global examples below!

First Cabin (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka & Fukuoka)

Taking cues from the design of first-class airplanes, First Cabin is certainly a high-quality capsule hotel that you can relax in. There are two different styles of capsules, with a Business Class Cabin that features the traditional bed and minor amenities, or the First Class Cabin, which provides enough room for a slightly bigger bed and even a small table and space to stand.

Anshin Oyado (Tokyo)

With three hotels in Tokyo (located in Shinjuku, Akihabara and Shinbashi), the Anshin Oyado elegantly offers the amenities of a big hotel room in fun capsule form. What makes this hotel stand out from the others is guest access to the artificial hot spring and mist sauna. And those rooms look more like a comfy sleepover than a night in a drawer!

CityHub (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Journeying outside of Japan brings us to CityHub, where the rooms are called “hubs” because that definitely sounds like a comfier place to sleep than a capsule. One of the benefits of this hotel is its fancy bracelet, which works as a hotel keycard and grants access to a Wi-Fi network that gives you Internet throughout not just the hotel but the entire city. The hubs look pretty cozy too.

The POD (Singapore)

This lovely hostel in bustling Singapore builds on its Japanese origins by providing extra comfort in your personal abode. There are front-entry and side-entry pods as well as queen pods that comfortably fit two people. Amenities include free wash and dry services, free dry-cleaning, and a free breakfast that looks genuinely delicious.

Wink Hostel (Singapore)

Another option in Singapore serving up the capsule lifestyle is the Wink Hostel. It too sports the regular single-person capsule as well as the roomier two-person option. It’s a little simpler than The POD, but they claim that their spacious headroom and cushy back-rest will tempt you to lie in the pod all day—something the hostel is totally OK with.

Time Capsule (George Town, Malaysia)

Never fear, all your charging needs are here at this technologically advanced capsule hotel. Look forward to playing on your personal smart TV and enjoying some free time in either their Little Nap Café or Vape Bar.

Free Spirit Spheres (Vancouver Island, Canada)

Or, finally, you could skip the capsule entirely and book a tree-house sphere. Not only will you get your own individual pod, but you'll also have the chance to stay in the wilds of nature. There are only three spheres, each one a little bit different, and all are available for bookings year-round. Cooking and bathroom facilities can be found a short distance from your sphere.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the interesting capsule hotel options around the world. With their growing popularity, we wouldn’t be surprised if a hotel opens up soon with a different theme for every single pod!

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