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.