THE first capsule hotel has opened in Australia where travellers rest in a small sleeping pod rather than an entire room.
Capsule hotels have been a popular choice for business people and travellers in Japan for a long time, but never before have Aussies had a chance to try out the alternate sleeping situation on home soil.
The aptly* named Capsule Hotel on Sydney’s bustling George St contains 72 pods roughly the shape and size of a bed.
Offering all the trimmings* of a fully-functional hotel room — minus the bathroom and mini fridge — the hotel updates the Japanese craze for a local audience.
Property developer Walter Guo said the venture* was inspired by a trip to Japan where he saw first-hand how popular the idea had become for a cross-section of society.
“I thought it was a unique experience for a backpacker to stay in, but I found out that in Australia, no one was doing it,” Mr Guo said.
“In Australia the (usual) accommodation is one big room for backpackers, so this is a better version of bunk beds and that’s why I think it works.
“The difference is, you have a private space.”
The pod comes fully kitted out with a locker, a TV, USB plugs and headphone jacks, along with a mirror, dimmed lights and an alarm clock.
Guests share a communal kitchenette and laundry facilities.
Priced at $50 for a smaller pod and $70 for a deluxe double bed — much easier to climb into — the individual pods are already taking off.
While a large part of the clientele at Capsule Hotel is expected to be backpackers, interstate businessmen looking for an affordable, private space to sleep have also been making good use of the spot.
Mr Guo said he was confident Capsule Hotel would be here to stay.
“I think it’s in a good location and we’re offering something new — it works because it’s something people already accept but we’re providing a better version,” Mr Guo said.
LISTEN TO TODAY’S STORY
Design an advertisement for Capsule Hotel.
Your ad will appear on a travel website so you can use words, pictures and a storyboard for sound and video if you want.
What would it be like to stay in a capsule hotel?
Imagine that you have stayed in Sydney’s Capsule Hotel.
Write a review of your stay for the travel section of the Herald Sun.
Your review should include a rating (zero stars the lowest to five stars the highest) and describe what staying in a capsule is like.
Find examples of travel reviews to read.
This will help you to write your own review.
Time: allow 90 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Media Arts, English, Critical and Creative Thinking
List the benefits of Capsule Hotel for:
• the owners of the hotel
• people who stay in the hotel
List the problems of the Capsule Hotel for:
• the owners of the hotel
• the people who stay in the hotel.
In the story, you have read that Mr Guo says that Capsule Hotel “works because it’s something people already accept but we’re providing a better version.”
Choose something that you use every day and think about how you could make a better version of it.
Create a design or plan based on your ideas.
Include a written description of how and why your ideas improve the thing that you have chosen.
Time: allow 75 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Critical and Creative Thinking, Design and Technologies
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
How many different pieces of punctuation are being used in this article?
Go through and see if you can find the answer!
Investigate how to use all the punctuation that is missing.
Then create some new sentences related to the article.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP
IN A SENTENCE, SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TODAY’S STORY
Kids News loves reading your best grammar, vocabulary and spelling.
We publish the best comments.