Spread over an area of around 3000 square feet, IRCTC’s Japanese-Style pod hotel is located at Mumbai Central railway station and is equipped with basic facilities.
The very first pod hotel or capsule hotel was established in Osaka, Japan in the 1970s. It features a large number of small bed-sized rooms known as capsules and was developed for the weary white-collar employees. Now, Mumbai has got its very own pod hotel at Mumbai Central railway station which comes with 48 capsule-like rooms including classic and private pods as well as separate pods for women and one for differently-abled.
These small-sized capsules are equipped with basic facilities like Wi-Fi, AC, key card access, CCTV surveillance, and washrooms. There are 30 classic pods, 7 women only, 10 private pods, and one pod for differently-abled passengers. The classic and the ladies-only pods can accommodate one person, while private pods have private space within the room and are also enough for one passenger. The pod for differently-abled passengers can fit 2 individuals easily and there is also a space for the wheelchair to move around.
One can book one pod for 12 hours at Rs. 999. While, if you are planning to stay for an entire day, then you can book it at Rs.1,999. The private pod for 12 hours and 24 hours can be booked for Rs.1,249 and Rs.2,499 respectively. These AC pod capsules also feature televisions, mobile charging points, reading lights, smoke detectors, and DND indicators.
In 2017, a pod hotel was launched in Andheri, Mumbai, but it is not functional anymore. According to a portal, Indian Railways has also mentioned that it will construct similar pod hotels if the one at Mumbai Central station is successful. We are very excited to jump into these pods and sleep like a baby as they look comfy and adorable. What about you? Tell us in the comment section below.
Source: Hindustan Times.