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User currently onlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2673 posts, RR: 8
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Has anyone had the pleasure of staying at a capsule hotel? Seems like it's a nice experience (like the jumbo hostel up in the Baltic Sea...was it in Sweden?)

I've been thinking about this for some time now and it seems like it's a good idea. I know that the concept is not well known outside of Japan, but I think it can solve many travelers' headaches when their flight is delayed/cancelled/etc. Why don't major hubs have sort of a capsule hotel within or nearby the premises?

I remember this summer I missed the last CLT-SEA flight and had to stay overnight. Though I received a voucher and paid only $50 for a room, the hassle of waiting for a shuttle, driving for 30 minutes or so, checking in, getting settled, and then repeat the process again in the morning (in reverse order) really tires you out. $50 for a 4 hour stay at a hotel room? Come on...

I then thought that airports might gain something from having this kind of accommodation, where the passenger would only really want a bed and some privacy. I know I'd pay for one if my flight was ever delayed or if I had a rather long layover. For instance, last January (year 2011) I had a 5 hour layover at PHL. I would have killed for a nice spot to sleep in while I waited for my flight, but alas, I did nothing.


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Copenhagen airport at one time had this sort of arrangement but it seems like maybe it is now a thing of the past. I had an eight hour layover at CPH back in 1994. In the lower level of the airport one could rent a small room equipped with a single bed and small bathroom. It was quite convenient and suited my purposes exactly. When I checked the CPH airport web page a couple of years ago I could find no mention of the basement "hotel" so I am led to believe it no longer exists.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3767 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Thread starter):
like the jumbo hostel up in the Baltic Sea...was it in Sweden?

The Jumbo Hostel is not a capsule hotel. It is a regular hostel, as far as the rooms go (bunk beds for 4 in each room). I've stayed there once, I didn't like it too much especially since the interior was renovated with materials and techniques that made you feel like you were in a regular building, so once you were inside there was no way of knowing you're in an aircraft. Plus it was really cold, not well heated (in January).

What you are referring to is a place like the YOTEL. I once stayed at the airside YOTEL in AMS. The nice part was that I could sleep until about 30min before boarding my long haul KLM flight. Plus I got a deal that was cheaper than if I'd stayed in a regular hotel in AMS, and I was only there for the connection anyway so it made total sense to stay there.
The hotel was showing it's age (even though it hasn't been around for too many years), the room was falling apart in some places and the lower parts of the shower and toilet stall were nasty with water damage. The place must have been nice when it was new, but the way I found it last October, it was in pretty bad shape.

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User currently onlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2673 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 965 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 2):
The Jumbo Hostel is not a capsule hotel.

I was referring to the fact that it might be a nice experience staying at capsule hotel, just like it might be a nice experience staying at the Jumbo Hostel. I'm well aware that it's not a capsule hotel.  



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User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 957 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 2):

I had a much better experience at the Yotel at LHR T4, stayed there two years ago and really enjoyed it. It's a bit different from AMS as the one in T4 is landside. The room was in a very good shape, the only downside was the (largely advertised) wifi that was not working on that day... Sadly it is expensive, but as you said it's perfect to stay there between two flights.

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User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 913 times:
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Quoting airtrainer (Reply 4):
I had a much better experience at the Yotel at LHR T4, stayed there two years ago and really enjoyed it. It's a bit different from AMS as the one in T4 is landside. The room was in a very good shape, the only downside was the (largely advertised) wifi that was not working on that day... Sadly it is expensive, but as you said it's perfect to stay there between two flights.

I have stayed at the Yotel in AMS. I liked it and I have made a reseravtion to stay there again this coming July. It was kind of expensive, but worth it when I didn't have to get up super early to get ready, eat, take a bus to the airport, and check in. My boarding time was 9:30am. I was up at 8:30, had a good breakfast and at my gate at 9:20. I was able to get all beered up and sleep 9 hours without ever leaving the airport.



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 857 times:

I like the idea, it's a good one.

But with what airport authorities charge for floor space within the airport complex I imagine that the company that would operate these properties would have to charge a lot of them to break even. Plus competing terminal hotels (like the one at ORD) wouldn't like it very much either and would probably complain about them.



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