Friday, 14 July 2017
Stevie goes sleeping: The Capsule Hotel
Yeah, I'm gonna stop myself right there. It's too fuckin' easy.
So! I have finally visited Sydney! It's . . . a city. Big buildings, lotsa people, surprisingly little live music. But while I was there I did decide to treat myself a little, and spend a couple of nights in a hotel - a rather different kind of
hotel . . .
The Capsule Hotel is located towards the centre of the city, just on the outskirts of Chinatown, and about fifteen minutes to a train station in pretty much any direction you could choose to walk in. It's pretty much surrounded by restaurants and takeaways, there's a cinema up the road, and it's directly opposite World Square, one of those special realms of retail hell that some people seem to like for some reason. There's also a fair few bars and pubs nearby. Seems ideally located, right?
The actual hotel itself actually feels more like a hostel in terms of services provided; communal bathrooms and kitchens, and a fairly low price point. A room'll set you back around sixty dollars a night - nearly double the cost of a bed in a dorm in your average hostel, but still cheaper than a single room inside of one of them.
The capsules are stacked one on top of the other, and there's around 18 capsules in each room, each single occupancy. Unfortunately, they're not particularly soundproof, and creak like the dickens, so you'll have to pray for quiet neighbours; if you're in one of the upper pods, you'll have to climb up and down a tiny ladder to get in and out, which might be an issue you if you're a clumsy fucker like me.
Did I enjoy my time there? Eh, it was alright. If you're looking for something with a bit more privacy than a hostel, but without the expense of a full-on hotel, then it'll definitely do ya. If you're looking to pretend you're in an eighties sci-fi movie (like me) then The Capsule Hotel will do you up to a point; but there's so many things that shatter the illusion that it's not really worth the benefits.
You can find out more about The Capsule Hotel on their website.