China’s First Capsule Inn Opens in Shanghai
China’s first capsule inn has opened recently in Shanghai, near a long-distance bus station. The lodging style which has been extremely popular in Japan for more than 3 decades now, is attracting many visitors.
The capsule inn has 68 cubicles and each room measures 2.2 meters long and about 1 meter wide. The basic fee for each capsule is 28 yuan and guests will be charged an extra 4 yuan every hour. The maximum cost could reach 88 yuan per day. Each room contains independent power sockets, clocks, lights and flat screen television. Guests can also enjoy wireless Internet service inside the capsule.
Many don’t see good market potential for the industry though. A local resident said, “In Tokyo, people may have fun outside and can’t catch the last subway home, so they need to check-in at the capsule inn for a night. But people in Shanghai are used to going back home no matter how late it is.”
Although some local residents are less than optimistic about the capsule inn’s long-term prospects, Ta Zan, capsule inn Manager, is confident about the future of his business. He believes that more capsule inns will open around China very soon.