"Boutique capsule hotel" opens in Singapore

George Sell By George Sell
26 August 2013 | Updated 26 August 2013

Singapore: The Pod, an 83-capsule hotel, has opened in Singapore's Beach Road.

Each pod comes with a personal locker below the pod with keycard access, two pillows, personal reading light, fold-down table for laptop use or writing, international power socket, hangers, and a clothes rack. Separate self-contained bathrooms  comprise a shower separated from the WC and sink by a glass screen.

The hotel offers personalised concierge services and a range of complimentary services such as dry-cleaning and laundry service, hot buffet breakfast with Nespresso coffee, use of business suites, and high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity.

Guests can choose between two Single Pod types with the front-entry Pods providing more privacy and the side-entry Pods offering more locker space. Couples can opt for the bigger and roomier Queen Pod which accommodates up to two guests. For female travellers, there are also female-only Pods for added privacy.

Seetoh Kum Loon, co-founder of The Pod Singapore, said: "We have been observing the hospitality industry for some time now and realised there exists a gap in Singapore for discerning travellers who were mindful of their budget when it came to choosing their accommodation, but wanted to enjoy the comforts and quality synonymous with a hotel. Currently, in Singapore, travellers can choose to either stay at a hotel and pay a little more, or opt for the budget backpacker hostels, potentially compromising on comfort, service and amenities. Here at The Pod, we want to give travellers the best of both worlds by offering them the premium amenities, services, look, and feel of a boutique hotel,  along with the communal and affordable nature of a hostel. The Pod was conceptualised to serve this gap in the market."


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