Capsule hotels where guests are given pods instead of hotel rooms are very common in Singapore and Japan. The pods are stacked one on top of the other and guests are given a key to unlock their pod which simply holds a bed and a shelf to put your small belongings.
The concept is great for travelers on a budget and looking to stay just one night, not to mention that it is certainly a unique experience. Finally, a hostel in London has brought the concept to the UK, with pods costing just $30-per-night.
They capsules are located at St Christopher’s At The Village, in London Bridge where a total of 26 pods have been installed, and are the first of their kind to reach Britain.
Each individual pod includes a mood lighting system, controlled by an LED touchpad, as well as free wifi, plug sockets and a state of the art ventilation system which will keep the body at a comfortable temperature while you sleep. As for the bed, it is said to have a thick and cosy mattress and privacy won’t be an issue as they have curtains and ear plugs, so that you can block out all noise in the hostel.
The marketing manager at St Christopher’s Inns, Sophie Herbert added that the new hostel is “Taking travel to the next level, our homely capsules offer ultimate privacy, yet keeping the social and communal vibe of a hostel. Step out of the capsule, and make friends with other like-minded travelers in the dorm. Never losing the community feel that St Christopher’s Inns stands for, and that our guests – and solo travelers, in particular – love.”
However, if you want to stay in the hostel, but pods aren’t really your thing, there are traditional style bedrooms and dormitories available for guests, meaning that there really is something for everyone.