Futuristic pods stacked on top of one another like quaint nesting baskets line the walls of the small hotel. Death Star aesthetic aside, each space-conscious pod is six feet long and three feet wide and comes with bedding, a television, Wi-Fi, a safe and USB charging ports. Guests also have access to a locker room-style shared bathroom with lock boxes for luggage.
Mexico City airport’s newest offering costs about $30 U.S. per capsule and can be rented for different lengths of time but a minimum of 2 hours. “Staying in any other hotel, with the same comforts, would have cost me about $110 to $170 a night,” said Alonso Gutierrez, a guest at the capsule hotel. “The prices are very, actually quite reasonable here.”
Started in 1979 in Japan, the concept of a capsule or pod hotel has slowly spread across the world. The original Osaka location dubbed, the Capsule Inn Osaka was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. This male-only hallway of pods still caters mainly to business travelers. And while Japan now has many offerings across the country, road-weary budget seekers with an eye for post-apocalyptic-chic can also find a slip of a bed in places like Xi’an, China; Belgium, Reykjavik, Manila, Hong Kong, India, London and New York. Urbanpod in India has laundry service, which is pretty attractive after a few weeks living out of a backpack.
Another Japanese offering, 9 Hours, is heavy on the military-esque efficiency but primed for a good night’s rest. Guests receive a special extra-supportive pillow, a mattress made with ‘Breath Air’ material and a sleep ambient control system that replicates the light of dawn to slowly wake you up each morning.