Shanghai hotels in ultra-budget segment have new competitor – the first capsule-type accommodation. Such hotel has been recently opened at Shanghai Railway Station.
Currently this 68-unit hotel accepts only men and features capsule-rooms that are 2.2 meters long and 1.1 meter high and wide. Each capsule also has a minimal choice of equipment – a TV set, a wireless Internet, clocks and lights. In the hotel’s lobby there’s a public lavatory, a shower and a smoking room.
The price for such capsule room is also not high – the basic rate per 1 capsule estimates 28 yuan or US $4.22. For each extra hour a visitor should pay 4 yuan. All day long stay in such capsule will cost 88 yuan.
Such capsule hotel concept is very popular in Japan, where lack of space often causes high rates and lack of budget accommodations. The owner of the first capsule hotel in Shanghai is the 33-year-old Ta Zan. Previously he was working in the same hotel in Japan and decided to bring such concept to his motherland. He also added some innovations into the Chinese version of capsule hotels. For example, the Shanghai-based hotel features so called “snoring zones”, where loud sleepers will be surrounded by other people who snore and, thus, will feel more comfortable.