High tech in a tiny space
Ever since I first saw a pod hotel on TV many years ago, I have always wanted to stay in one. My backpacking journey has brought me to Taipei, Taiwan, in January 2017, where I finally got to stay in a Capsule hotel. And it was everything I had always hoped for.
At £14 a night, a capsule worked out as a little more expensive than a dorm, but less than a private room. The hostel has good free wifi throughout, a free buffet breakfast until 10am, free tea, coffee and hot chocolate all day, a popcorn maker and a chill out area with a projector TV, Nintendo Wii, table football and even darts.
The dorm I was in had 12 pods, which were stacked in a bunk bed arrangement. You were given a key card which gives you access to the room and also allowed you access to a private locker. A fresh pillow and duvet were supplied in the locker, along with a cup, toothbrush and comically small towel. But it was inside the pod that things really got awesome.
Climbing inside, you really do feel like an spaceman off on a mission. The first thing you notice is a large round mirror, which helps the pod feel bigger than it actually is and also adds to the whole space vibe. There is also air conditioning and a plug socket which fits all intentions plugs, but it is the TV that really finishes off the whole high tech feel. At the press of a button, it descends from the roof of the pod and really makes for a cool visual. A headphone port in the control panel means you can watch TV without disturbing your neighbors.
The pods were big enough to not feel claustrophobic and to allow you to fully stretch out when sleeping, even with my day bag in the corner. I absolutely loved the experience of staying here and would highly recommend the experience to everyone. I will be keeping my eye out for another pod hostel whilst traveling through Taiwan!
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