Capsule hotel, first developed in Japan, is a hotel with extremely small rooms with the motive to provide cheap and basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not need the services provided in regular hotels.
Inspired by the Japanese creation, now Malaysia is also developing its own capsule hotel called the Capsule by Container Hotel at KLIA2.
Japanese famous capsule hotel.
Hotel group ZU Container Sdn Bhd has just launched Malaysia’s first airport transit hotel at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and it is targeting to get an audience of 4.5 million travelers or 10 per cent of KLIA2’s 45 million annual passengers.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), a low-cost carrier terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.
After the launching of the Container Hotel, Ryan Loo, the Chief Executive Director of ZU Container Sdn Bhd said in a statement:
“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. 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,”
According to The Rakyat Post, the capsule hotel that cost RM1.5 million to set up, comprises of 79 capsule rooms and provides accommodation in three, six and twelve hour packages priced at RM45, RM70 and RM90 respectively. The facilities include a locker, shower, lounge access, free Wi-Fi and bedroom.
Guests are also given the freedom to select any specific services at a-la-carte rates, such as a one-time shower at RM15 or locker rental at RM20 per day.
Vincent Tan, ZU Container Chief Designer Officer who is also Ryan Loo’s business partner said that the idea of Capsule hotel came from the Japanese concept “Kyosho Jutaku”, which means living large on a tiny footprint, by building a nice and compact house utilising only a very small space.
Architecture design of houses using “Kyosho Jutaku” concept.
“The idea of utilising unused spaces commercially is a well proven business model globally. Capsule hotels around the world have received a good response due to the idea of fully utilizing available space around us,” he added.
In conjunction with the grand opening of Capsule by Container Hotel at KLIA2, the hotel has announced a special rate of RM9.90 for the first 300 online bookings at www.capsulecontainer.com before June 30 2014.