Less is More | 6 Cosy Capsule Stays
The demand for capsule stays is on the rise. Not only have we seen an increase in travellers booking capsule rooms year over year, but we’ve also noticed a rise in the number of these unique stays offered on our platform when compared to last year. These self-contained units come with all the essentials and are ideal for a quick stay, especially for travellers that are looking for comfort and class without all the frills and fuss. An inexpensive and often futuristic alternative, capsules empower travellers to focus their time and energy on exploring the destination.
We delved into the more than 1.5 million properties on Booking.com to surface the quirkiest capsules. From where it all began in Japan, to new openings in Australia, take a look at these small yet stylish stays. After all, less is more!
It's where the capsule hotel was born. Japan is full of these unique and stylish stays and they’re a great way to save money if you’re planning a trip to this vibrant and buzzing city. Make sure you snap a city view from the top of a skyscraper, explore the backstreets of Harajuku and try some Michelin-starred food.
Where to stay: Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku is right in the heart of Tokyo, a two-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station and a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. While the capsules may be compact, the hotel is packed with cosy amentieis, like an internet café, a mist sauna, jet bath, and a massage chair. Guests are even welcomed with a complimentary cup of calming green tea.
Australia is the latest to join the capsule hotel trend, as its first Japanese-inspired capsule hotel launched earlier this year. Whether it’s for the sightseeing, shopping or surf – Sydney is an incredible city to explore, come day or night. New restaurants and bars are always popping up, the beaches are great for surfing or relaxing and you don’t have to go far to uncover wonders such as the iconic Blue Mountains.
Where to stay: The Pod is located in the heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just a 10-minute walk from Central Train Station, close to Capitol Theatre and Darling Harbour which boasts restaurants and shopping centres. Each pod has a king single bed and personal reading light, air conditioning, shared bathrooms, kitchen and shared lounge.
Singapore is fast becoming a sustainable and green destination, and alongside its diverse shopping, easy transport links and instagrammable food, it’s definitely one to add to your list. Not to mention, just a short trip outside of the city centre, you’ll find hiking trails, wildlife and botanic gardens. You’ll be busy exploring day and night so staying in a clean and stylish capsule stay is all you need!
Where to stay: Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel is located near Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple, offering guests a clean, cosy and cheap stay in a great spot for exploring the city. Guests get an individual locker, luxury bedding and access to a kitchen and roof terrace. If you are travelling with kids there is also the Family Pod.
Bangkok is an intoxicating assault on the senses and one of the greatest destinations for adventurous foodies with its many street food stalls and buzzing restaurants. Exploring the city’s streets, you could end up on a boat trip, exploring hidden markets, gazing at Buddhist temples or in a rooftop bar overlooking the city.
Where to stay: The LAF Hotel Aree is a capsule hotel that offers all you need for a good night’s stay – air conditioning, a TV, kettle, toiletries, an onsite bar and self-serving breakfast. Situated near the BTS station Ari, it’s easy to explore the wider world of bustling Bangkok.
Another great find for foodies, everyone eats out in Taipei – and no wonder as it’s full of incredible night markets (Shilin Night Market is a favourite), and weird yet wonderful restaurants...just remember to hold your nose when you try the ‘stinky tofu’! For stunning views, travellers should make their way to the Taipei 101 skyscraper. For culture, visit the National Taiwan Museum and Tianyuan Temple and take the perfect picture at Shimen Wedding Plaza with its beautiful backdrop.
Where to stay: UZ Hostel is a quirky place to stay for travellers on a budget, offering a clean and comfortable night’s stay with a TV, toiletries and slippers. You won’t want to stay inside very long as Nanya Night Market is within walking distance, offering some of the most delicious local cuisine you’ll ever have!
Full of art, history and culture, Moscow never fails to impress. Visit the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral first, and then peruse the museums to immerse yourself in this country’s iconic history. The architecture will no doubt overwhelm you with its many beautiful churches and cathedrals. The capital is home to some of the best performing arts in the world, so make sure to book tickets to the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Where to stay: InterQUBE Chistye Prudy is just 100 yards from Chistoprudny Boulevard and Sovremennik Theatre with cafes, shops and restaurants just a 5-minute walk away. Each capsule sleeps one or two people and comes equipped with comfortable bedding, safety deposit box, air conditioning, clothes rack and shared bathrooms – what more could you need?