Asia’s coolest capsule hotels

Capsule hotels

A man makes the bed in a capsule pod in Japan. Source: Shutterstock

ORIGINATING from Japan, capsule hotels are the perfect solutions for backpackers on a one-night stopover, business travelers and those who fancy a different type of hotel experience.

The trend has spread across Asia finding demand near airports and crowded cities.

With its futuristic-looking pods and kind-to-the-wallet price tag, could this type of accommodation be the future of the hospitality industry?

Although they may be small, they are secure, cozy, clean, cheap and a truly unique experience.

Here a some of the coolest, wackiest, cheapest and sleekest capsule hotels to be found around Southeast Asia.

Time Capsule Retreat – Pahang, Malaysia

A quiet and cozy retreat, this is more of an experience location than a quick overnight stay.

Nestled on the fringes of a lush forest reserve, the retreat offers great views, cool temperatures and a serene ambiance for tranquil relaxation.

Each of the pods is modest seven-by-10-foot concrete pipe cylinders with warm lighting and queen-sized beds.

They look out on the emerald flora below, with only the sound of nocturnal insects going about their business and the smooth whistle of wind in the trees. Bliss.

Cube – Boutique Capsule Hotel, Singapore 

Again, this hotel has more of a flare to it than just a quick, thoughtless overnight booking.

The Cube has been exquisitely designed and offers the new-age traveler a welcoming experience, local food, gourmet coffee, crafted cocktails and a collection of comfortable capsules, each described as “a cozy cocoon hidden from the outside world.”

Each pod has duck-down duvets, mood lighting, vanity mirrors, a fold down table, a hidden safe, WiFi, and complimentary mineral water.

Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel really does dispel the myth that size matters.

Phuket Capsule and Hidden Pool Bar – Phuket, Thailand 

This designer hotel is conveniently located just three kilometers from Phuket’s Butterfly and Insect World and seven kilometers from Wat Chalong.

The pod-hotel has 13 elegant guestrooms featuring free wireless internet, climate control, laptop safe, television, and iron and ironing board.

The winning feature here, however, is the hidden rooftop pool, alongside a fully stocked bar – just waiting for guests to stretch their dancing legs and have a good time.

Tambayan Capsule Hotel – Manila, Philippines 

Located in a restored mansion in the Filipino capital of Manila, this trendy hotel probably fits the stereotypical design of a traditional capsule hotel.

The shared dorms have beds lining a central corridor with single and double beds available in mixed or female-only dorms.

Style and comfort mix at Tambayan Capsule Hotel to create a cozy night’s sleep after an evening of exploring the city and having a tipple or two at the onsite, very chic Gastrobar which serves traditional Filipino cuisine alongside signature cocktails.

Hong Kong Kaiteki Hotel – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 

Located along the most popular street in Ho Chi Minh City – Pham Ngu Lao – this is the best place for tourists to call home while they explore the vibrant city.

Each capsule is big enough to sleep one person and all are fitted with air conditioning, a bedside table, flat screen television and complimentary ear plugs.

Probably the coolest thing about this capsule hotel is the futuristic space theme which lines each of the pods.