Sunday, August 25, 2013

Boutique Capsule Hotel in Singapore - The Pod

Singapore now has one more affordable hotel option - The Pod, a boutique capsule hotel on Beach Road (Bugis), has opened. The hotel, which offers 83 capsules to its guests with personalized 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, high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

This new Singapore budget hotel is catering to those travelers who are tight on budget but still want to enjoy the comforts and quality synonymous with a hotel says Mr. Seetoh Kum Loon, co-founder of The Pod Singapore. “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.”

Each Pod in The Pod Capsule Hotel 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.  Adding a touch of luxury, each Pod also comes with 300 thread-count cotton sateen sheets and a fluffy duvet. Pull-down blinds in each Pod provide guests with added privacy.

The emphasis on design and privacy is extended into the washrooms and vanity area. A long marble common vanity against a mirrored wall provides guests with easy access to a quick wash or touch up. Separate self-contained bathrooms  comprising a shower separated from the water closet and sink by a glass screen enable guests to enjoy the comforts of a private toilet within a shared washroom.

There are two Single Pod types in the hotel: front-entry Pod providing more privacy and side-entry Pods offering more locker space. for couples or very closed budget friends, there is the bigger and roomier Queen Pod which accommodates up to two guests. For female travelers, there are also female-only Pods for added privacy.

The Pod Boutique Capsule Hotel Singapore
The Pods in The Pod Boutique Capsule Hotel Singapore
In Singapore's super expensive hotel environment, these budget hotels are also appealing to business travelers for short stays. The Pod Capsule Hotel offers complimentary business suites which come with laptops, telephones with free local calls, Wi-Fi connectivity and printing/scanning services.

The location of The Pod is also quite appealing. It is located at 289 Beach Road, Bugis, very near to Arab Street and walking distance away from Bugis MRT Station.

The capsule prices begin from S$78 for Single Pods and S$98 for Queen Pods.

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