Capsule Hotel Comes To China

by Libby Zay 
Posted Jan 10th 2011 11:50 AMUpdated Jan 10th 2011 01:18 PM


China's first capsule hotel opened over the weekend, marking what could be a new trend in the world's most populous country.

First introduced in Japan, the idea behind a capsule hotel is allowing budget travelers to rent out a bed in a morgue-like row of tiny rooms.

China Daily reports the new capsule hotel in Shanghai features 68 cabinet-sized rooms, each equipped with clock, light, television, and wireless Internet.

The tiny, 300-meter square (985 square foot) hotel is for men only. Guests share a lavatory, shower room and smoking room.

Located near the Shanghai Railway Station, the hotel opening comes just in time for the Spring Festival holiday, when millions of people travel across the country to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Beds at the capsule hotel cost 68 yuan ($10) for 10 hours or 88 yuan ($13) for 24 hours.

"This is a huge bargain compared with other budget hotels in Shanghai," says hotel owner Ta Zan to China Daily.

According to industry estimates, China hosted approximately 2.1 billion domestic and international travelers in 2010, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.

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I would slit my wrists in there! Only in China I guess but I'm extremely claustrophobic!

If you have the money to fly to China hopefully you can get better than this....

Just my opinion! Part of a vacation for me is to have a nice hotel room, and size. Sure you just sleep there but you get better rest, and sometimes you don't just sleep there!

Just my two cents.

January 11 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Done right, this would be the best way to ensure sanitation. on the other hand , it could be a breeding ground for some highly agressive diseases. Bombarded with UV, fresh sheets and a quick peroxide scrub, it would be okay.

January 11 2011 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why not. This is a place that most people use to sleep in. If you wanted a hotel with all the amenities, you can always buy something nicer. For a single man like myself who do not expect to take a date back to the room, this is perfect for me and I will stay just because I can say I did it. Since many healthclubs have affliations with clubs in US, you can get better amenities at the gym or at a speciality Spas (No brothels since STDS are rampants all over the world). With the right business model, there are many patrons who will like this type of set ups.

January 11 2011 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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