Small but perfectly formed
Pod Hotel announced this past week that it would expand, bringing a new capsule-hotel property to New York City.travel Updated: Apr 10, 2012 15:27 IST
Pod Hotel announced this past week that it would expand, bringing a new capsule-hotel property to New York City. But it's not the only name trying to make big business from small rooms -- here, six names you should look out for.
Qbic's rooms are designs around the concept of the Cubi, the centerpiece of the futuristic design which contains a bed, bathroom, mood lighting and a work and dine-set. Everything is self-service, which helps the rates stay low, from â¬69 a night.
New York, London, Amsterdam
The brainchild of Yo Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe, Yotel is now expanding its offerings from airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Schiphol) to city center properties like the Yotel Times Square. Rates in NYC are much more than the normal rate for staying in one of Yotel's Amsterdam airport cabins, which are available from â¬35 for an overnight stay.
Pod Hotel was the first concept of its type in New York, and is now expanding to a new location close to Grand Central Terminal. Rooms are cheap and cheerful, with MP3 docking stations and small televisions. Rooms start from $119 for the new Pod 39 property.
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, UK
Founded in Malaysia but now rapidly expanding in the UK, Tune Hotels offer incredibly low rates in return for a compact room and services modelled on a budget airline -- if you want towels, room service or television, expect to pay for it.
Europe, Middle East
EasyHotel shares the same 'ancillary revenue' model as Tune Hotels (and easyJet), with compact rooms and charges for just about any extra you can think of.
Already established on both sides of the North Sea and with London, New York and Paris on the way, CitizenM blends pod hotels with a strong design concept and just slightly more space, with rooms around 14 square meters. Rates at the Glasgow property start from around Â£70 (â¬85).
First Published: Apr 10, 2012 15:27 IST