Pod hotels getting even more compact

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    A side entry Podtime capsule. (podtime.co.uk)

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    The pod interior features outlets and storage for books and devices. (podtime.co.uk)

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    An exterior port provides space for luggage. (podtime.co.uk)

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    A double-bunk Podtime unit. (podtime.co.uk)

Weary travelers– who don’t overpack– are getting yet another option in their choice of human capsule-sized accommodations.

Podtime, a British company, is rolling out “single bunk pods,” that measure just 3 ft wide by 7 ft long. Unlike traditional pod hotels that are typically housed in a brick-and-mortar building, these free-standing pods can connect to form a larger space or remain a self-sufficient single unit that provides a futuristic napping station. 

The pods from Podtime come in “Front Entry” and “Side Entry” with indoor and outdoor versions available. According to the website, some of the features include a sturdy privacy blind, multiple electrical outlets, ample ventilation inlets, and internal LED lighting. There is also a lockable compartment for large luggage—but this can only be accessed from the outside.

Currently, the Podtime capsules are being used in Moscow’s Anti-hostel Cosmic. Priced at 1350 rubles (about $35 USD) a night, a stay in one of these hi-tech chambers is just the fraction of a traditional hotel room.

According to The Telegraph, Podtime has recently secured a deal with Chinese manufacturer GalaxyStar to develop more “Podtels” in airports and founder Jon gray says the company also has deals in Helsinki, Finland and Tel Aviv.

The Telegraph also reported that Podtime has sold 250 sleeping pods to various companies including Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nestle since its launch in 2011.

The pod style hotel movement started in Japan over 30 years ago, mainly as an option for airport travelers between long layovers.  

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