Small, safe and affordable, capsule hotels were first built in Japan to cater for budget travellers. Capsules hotels have now become increasingly popular even in Malaysia!
But first, what does a capsule hotel offer? Rather than the standard hotel room, it accommodates small capsules about the length and width of a single bed, with sufficient height for the guest to sit up in bed. If the capsules are stacked up, steps or ladders provide access to the upper level, similar to bunk beds. A curtain or door provides privacy.
Here are some that might tickle your fancy!
The Bed KLCC | Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Built with an investment of RM20 million, The Bed KLCC opened its doors on Oct 12, 2017, and can accommodate 170 guests in six types of capsules or pods. These include single pod side entry (female), single pod side entry (mixed gender), single pod front entry (mixed gender), king pod or family pod, single pod suite and queen pod suite.
The single pods are 40 sq ft, and the suites are 150 sq ft. Rates start from RM69 per pod per night to RM139. Complimentary breakfast and regular housekeeping are included in the price.
Although guests stay in a dormitory-like set-up and share washroom and shower facilities, they have some privacy in their respective pods, thanks to retractable blinds. Each pod or suite is provided with an internet connection, a USB charging port, universal charging points, LED lighting, a multipurpose foldable table, a mirror and a locker.
21 Capsule Hotel | Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
21 Capsule Hotel is perfect for one to explore the shopping and entertainment options offered in Bukit Bintang. Utilising the second floor of a 4-storey shophouse in Jalan Bukit Bintang, the 54-pod hotel opened its doors in 2018.
Arranged dormitory-style, the 10ft by 4ft pods provide private curtains, internet connection, air conditioning, complimentary slippers, a safe and a DVD player. Rates range from RM30 to RM35.
There are four shared bathrooms equipped with hairdryers, toiletries and towels, irons, ironing boards and storage lockers. The hotel also features two restaurants, a 24-hour reception, a lounge, laundry facilities and dry-cleaning services.
M Qube Hotel | Gelugor, Penang
Established in February 2016 and situated in George Town’s Gelugor neighbourhood, M Qube Hotel fills the second and third floors of a 3-storey shophouse and offers tiny rooms. The 42 rooms — 28 single-bed rooms measuring 7ft by 3ft and 14 double-bed rooms measuring 7ft by 6ft — are modern and minimalist. Rates for single-bed rooms start from RM58 while those for double-bed rooms start from RM78. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, an Android television and a safe.
The shared toilets and bathrooms are equipped with toiletries and hair dryers. There are toilets for the disabled as well.
The hotel is close to numerous shopping complexes, cafés, restaurants and retail shops. It is easily accessible from Bayan Lepas and the mainland via public transport. Located below the hotel is the famous local food centre, Café New Teluk Bayan, which serves various local Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisines and western fare.
CapsuleTransit | KLIA 2, Sepang
On transit or looking for a place to spend the night so that you can catch an early flight? Container Hotel Group (CHG) has just the suitable facilities for you.
Opened in May 2014, CapsuleTransit at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is located landside — which is open to the public — at Level 1 and is only a 10-minute walk to the check-in counters. Owing to increasing demand, CapsuleTransit underwent expansions in 2015 and 2017 and currently offers a total of 204 capsules in an 8,000 sq ft space, with sizes starting from 35 sq ft.
Travellers can choose from single capsules for men or women, mixed single capsules, queen capsules, and private capsule suites. Shared toilets and bathrooms offer hot and cold showers and toiletries.
Rates are charged in blocks of three, six and 12 hours, with single-gender or single mixed capsules starting from RM108 for three hours. Queen capsule rates start from RM218 for three hours, while suite rooms begin at RM248. The time begins from check-in.
Another CapsuleTransit is located airside — the restricted area in the terminal beyond security checks and passport and customs control. Opened last November, this facility has a total built-up area of 2,200 sq ft and offers 70 capsules sized from 35 sq ft.
Modular Langkawi Capsule Hotel | Kedah
Opened in November 2018, Modular Langkawi Capsule Hotel is the first capsule hotel in Langkawi. The hotel currently offers 30 single-occupancy capsules in a 2-storey shophouse. The capsules, measuring 6ft by 3ft each, cost an average of RM30 per night and come with air conditioning and free WiFi.
The hotel also provides a reception area, lounge, secure lockers, luggage room, daily housekeeping, and shared toilets and shower rooms that supply toiletries and towels.
Capsule Town Hotel | Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur
Established on Feb 2, 2016, Capsule Town Hotel offers 92 cosy capsules and standard rooms that look like the sleeping quarters of a spaceship. The three-storey hotel is within walking distance of Petaling Street, Central Market, Bukit Bintang, Berjaya Times Square, Fahrenheit 88 and the Pasar Seni MRT Station.
The capsules are about 107 sq ft each, while the rooms are approximately 161 sq ft. All spaces come with free WiFi access, air conditioning, towels, hangers and slippers.
Basic amenities provided include water dispensers, lockers, vending machines and laundry service. Room rates start from RM38 for capsule rooms and RM80 for standard rooms.