Maybe. I think the close proximity to other people would be what bothered me, not the space.
I stayed in one in Osaka and got a wonderful night's sleep. There was a spa area downstairs and a common area with food and television. When I was ready to crash, I just curled up in my little cocoon and went to sleep almost immediately. The proximity to others isn't a problem. Everyone's pretty much asleep or quietly watching their little hanging tv's until they drift off.
You couldn't pay me.
Shared bathrooms with strangers? No way. Otherwise, in a pinch, I could do it for a night.
Surely these places are mostly used for quick sexual encounters and for that I think they could be very useful.
Are they very soundproof? They must be. Useful at airports, I should think. But for more that one night, no.
Not with strangers, no.
I stayed in one after a long flight, and it was very comfortable. The main problem I had was that it was disorienting. You don't know if it's night or day outside, so you wind up bouncing out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 3am, and once you're up there's no going back.
I also thought it was overpriced. The one I stayed in was about 75% of what a normal hotel room would have cost.
Not a chance. I'm going to be spending eternity minus my lifespan in a wooden box anyway.
I can sleep fairly comfortably and restfully on planes, but would not pay to sleep in a pod hotel. A small room is one thing, but I'd rather stay home than stay in a place that's pleasant at least.
The one place where pods make sense is at airports, where they might be a good choice for people making connections, waiting for delayed flights, even just catching a nap and a shower.
Yes, but I would stay up all night cruising the common area for sex.
I could see doing that. I've slept on a train sleeper car before and this looks bigger and more comfortable.
r16 beat me to it. Glorified bathhouse, if you ask me.
Considering how grossly overpriced hotels in big Russian cities are ($400 dollars for some shitcloset decked out like a Midwestern Holiday Inn in 1985), this seems like a great value in terms of price and fairly inoffensive aesthetically.
Hardly. They're not exactly, uh, tantalizing.
Would I settle for one under certain circumstances? The article mentions commuters who've missed the last train home. Yes, in a rare situation like that I would consider it. I could also see why young people and those on a budget might choose such accommodations.
But no, I don't find the idea of sleeping in a glorified closet "tempting", not at all.
Seems somewhat claustrophobic.
It looks unsafe, like those places could be broken into, and people robbed, raped, murdered.
[quote] It looks unsafe, like those places could be broken into, and people robbed, raped, murdered.
All of which could easily happen to you on any major Moscow street.
Since hotels rooms are usually boring and overpriced, I would use one. I don't travel to ponder the glorious mediocrity of a hotel room. I'd prefer to be out and about.
$50 a night? Wouldn't you be able to get a real hotel room for that price in Moscow?
Pretty similar to sleeping on a train.
I'd think they'd need to watch out for permacum.
Stayed in the Yotel in Heathrow, which was a pod concept. Loved it. We were on an overnight layover, arriving at 10:30 p.m. with a 7 a.m. flight out. The Yotel was really easy - one terminal over, fifteen second checkin. Reasonably spacious, extremely modern bathroom, high tech suite with bed that moved out of the way electronically if you wanted to sit up or move around. It was a great way to get a few hours sleep without taking some shuttle to some massive hotel out of the airport and worrying about not being able to get back for your flight out.
There's a Yotel in NYC (off Times Square) which seems rather cool and well-priced. I'm definitely considering it for my travels later this year.
It's nothing more than a clever repackaging of a Youth Hostel, at 3X the price.
Those photos are almost identical to a hostel I stayed at in Germany last year. Same lockers, same restrooms, same vibe, it's just that the hostel had open bunkbeds instead of walled-off beds.
I stayed at a capsule hotel in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. It was fine, but just like what was said, you wouldn't know if it was morning without looking at a watch. Plus, I didn't know how to turn the TV on because everything was in Japanese. It was actually surprisingly more spacious than I thought it would. But if you're quite tall, you probably won't be able to have your legs straight without them popping outside. Very quiet and comfortable.
I would love to share podspace with drunk, obese russians!