Lonely Planet Writer

Would you spend a night at the airport in Mexico City's first low-cost capsule hotel?

Following a trend that started in Japan, the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City has opened the doors to its new capsule hotel.

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.”

The original capsule hotel concept began in Japan in 1979
A visitor relaxes in a sleeping module at Tokyo’s tube Hotel ‘Capsule Inn Akihabara. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

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.