Developed and popularised in Japan, capsule hotels often bring to mind a place of lodging consisting of a large number of extremely tiny rooms with zero amenities. Such a concept of affordable accommodation is known to work in Japan because full-service hotel rates are high and commuting home may take hours if you’re a workaholic or someone who tends to spend the night out with friends.
With the aim of cashing in on this concept in Malaysia, Capsule by Container Hotel recently launched its first airport transit hotel at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2). And it might just work, given Capsule’s attractive pricing and unique location which lets it target transiting guests, backpackers and business travellers. The contemporary design hotel houses 79 ‘rooms’ called CapSpace that you can rent for 3, 6 or 12-hour blocks and are priced at RM45 (S$18), RM70 (S$27) and RM90 (S$35) respectively.
“Travelling is fun, but without the proper facilities to support the journey, the whole experience can easily turn into a frustrating affair, especially when travellers are going through transit and have a long wait for the next flight,” says ZU Container Sdn Bhd chief executive director Ryan Loo. “That’s where the Capsule comes in. It is designed to provide flexible, high quality and affordable accommodation for travellers to refresh and recharge on-the-go,” Loo added.
At first look, we were pretty impressed by the appearance and finishes of the rooms. The clever blending of wood and metal surfaces gives Capsule a certain boutique-like feel compared to conventional pigeon hole type boxes typical of capsule hotels. We were equally impressed by the number of things they managed to pack into that tiny amount of space. Each room comes with 2 pillows, a foldable table, locker, reading light and power source to charge your gadgets. To sweeten the deal, Capsule offers free Wifi too.
For travellers who do not require a room, other services such as taking a shower (RM15) or locker rental (RM20) are available. Capsule also houses the Capsule Bar, where you can chill and enjoy an ice cold beer after a long day of meetings or while waiting for your next flight out. Banks, money changers and ATMs are nearby if you need a change of currency for your next destination.
For more information, visit Capsule by Container