Visiting Australia’s First Capsule Hotel – Sydney

Visiting Australia’s First Capsule Hotel – Sydney


This week I spent a few nights at the Sydney Capsule Hotel. I was in town for a physics conference, and I thought it would set the mood nicely. There are about 16 pods in the room, each with their own storage locker. My initial impression is that it’s really good, but it’s getting late and I don’t want to disturb the people around me so to avoid this from becoming a capsule hotel ASMR, I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Open the pod bay doors Hal. Hey, so here’s my review so far… It’s definitely very futuristic, it has vibes of hibernating on a spaceship on our on our way to a destination somewhere and it’s pretty spacious actually. There is room to move around if you consider this to be room. It’s about one meter by two meters. It’s pretty much like a backpackers though when you take away all the futuristic stuff. It’s kind of in between a backpackers and a hotel. You’ve got a lot more privacy than a normal backpackers, and the price is about in between the two of them as well, maybe $50 or $60 a night. It kind of feels a little bit antisocial because you never really see your neighbors and it kind of feels like everyone just keeps to their own pod probably on their phones or whatever. It’s nice in that way, but it can also feel a little bit lonely in here. Having said that everyone i’ve met so far has been really friendly here and I think it’s because a lot of people are here for the novel experience, and they want to try it out. Something that I do like about being in this capsule is that it makes the world feel small so it’s a real contrast between the bustling streets of Sydney down below because we’re right in the center of the city and being in your own little pod where you’re sort of removed from all of that. And I kind of like that feeling, I feel like it’s almost easy to be creative inside of the pod because it sort of removes distractions, and you’re left with just the white electronic style walls and your own mind. There are definitely some downsides to it, like the pods themselves are actually really quite flimsy. They seem to be made out of some sort of plastic material and that means that you can feel other people in their pods sort of moving around or when they get in and out and if you’re really sensitive to sort of disturbances at night, maybe you wouldn’t get a very good sleep. I found it okay but definitely you can hear other people and whilst everyone has been really respectful and not made much noise, it’s definitely a sense of not being totally isolated. The capsules themselves don’t make any noise. The inbuilt alarm wakes you up with flashing lights which was a bit startling. There is a TV – but it doesn’t display instructions in English and it was pretty hard to use to be honest

78 thoughts on “Visiting Australia’s First Capsule Hotel – Sydney

  1. Looks like a good novelty to try for a night or two I'm not sure about that alarm tho it's not exactly a gentle wake up 🙂 thanks for sharing

  2. Woowww I always wondered about these capsules hotel thing… I can't believe they have one here in Sydney!! Haha
    I loved your review, you pretty much covered all areas talking about all details… love your videos =]

  3. I stayed in one (it was more of a Capsule Ryokan) when I was first in Japan 7 years ago. It was actually a pretty cool experience and I'm glad I stayed there.

  4. This will be perfect for me 🙂

    I love small, cozy places. On top of that, (I am ashamed to admit) I can spend abnormally long amount of time in bed/sleeping.

  5. Interesting! I purposely built my bedroom to be about 1m wide X 2m tall X 2.5m long. I added adequate ventilation and a tiny window, along with 2 doors so I can go inside or escape outside in case of an emergency. It's extra insulated to keep the heat out so I don't need to run the air conditioning as much, and never really gets cold enough to need heat. I keep some storage under the bed which is on hinges, and a power strip and some shelves mounted on the walls above the bed.

    It is kind of nice because it is sort of a cocoon and I have a minimum of stuff in there. It is extra motivation to get out of bed if I need anything else. I like the idea of having a tiny living space and lots of space outdoors for trees and gardens and work sheds. I'm a big fan of tiny houses and hope to build one on my property in the woods one day. For now I pretend to live tiny in the city. Nice vid, thanks!

  6. I'm surprized they didn't bother translating the japanese stuff into english!

    Also, I'm sure alot of people wouldn't mind capsule hotel ASMR. Maybe you could turn that into the next trend :p

  7. Hey, I'm from Botswana (Southern Africa). I'm rooting for Australia in The Ashes. I wish I had $ to go there and watch one of the tests. Great review.. 😀

  8. Very comprehensive review,a few of us are going to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year,Pods are part of our stay,and a rail pass is what we'll be using for the rest,those pods look a lot better than the ones we will be staying in,privacy wise,and the safe is a great idea as well,thanks mate. 🙂

  9. If there was a capsule hotel here in the US, I'd definitely try it out. Having said that, though, the one you stayed in looks as though it was imported from Japan rather than someone designing one specifically for your needs. It almost seems half-hearted.

  10. Originally i was gona say its quite a "The Fifth Element" look to it. Untilthe clip thay shows the door opening and i was reminded of some self-storage warehouses.
    Maybe a solution to overcrowded cities, but a hotel.??? ….plus flashing lights to wale people up??? Quess there are no safeties for people who are prone to getting seizures from strobing lights.

    Great review. I enjoyed listening. My critique has nothing to do with you personally fyi✌🙏😇

  11. Haha, you got the Chinese webTV on that x))) It looks really good design and just like a spaceship room, I hope there would be more developments on this kind of hotels, would be super great to try :))

  12. I like the idea of capsule hotels as places to go to, crash for the night, then check out. That seems to be the idea of them in Japan, but this one less so. It seems like more of a theme park than anything, especially since there's only one of it.

    I also don't really care for the 90's scifi spaceship vibe. It's visually distracting, pointless, and the vacuum formed plastic necessary for achieving it is less than ideal for a sleeping environment. I would much prefer flat panels filled with insulation for thermal and acoustic isolation. That way each occupant would be able to sleep at their preferred temperature and not need to worry too much about disturbing others if they have a condition such as restless leg syndrome or a urinary infection.

    All in all, I appreciate the look inside. It seems like none of the designers on board have any experience with actual sleeping arrangements for actual people, but it does seem like a decent place to stay for a couple nights if you're young and healthy.

  13. It is too spacious: It should have been configured as a contiguous tall column of pods of 2.75m×72cm×72cm size (in a grid of 3m×75cm×75cm cells) accessible by a contiguous parallel ladders to maximise the number of people.

  14. Thanks for this, I live in Sydney and didn't even know until I started booking a flight into Sydney and saw this as a recommended place to stay

    is there any annoying sounds or lights when sleeping @ night inside the capsule?

  15. Thanks for sharing. Love the futuristic design and lighting. Just last night I was thinking it would be great to have a cheaper option for staying close to the university or office during the week. Too much of our modern lives are 'free time' but spent sitting in traffic. Here's another option instead of car time, getting either to or from work and school.

  16. I stayed in one just one night in Kobe, Japan. The desk staff made self-deprecating jokes reflecting the western attitude they were anticipating from me, which was funny. It was men only, very cheap but with a huge open onsen-type bath of granite.Snazzy.

  17. 2 time visiting capsule hotel in Mumbai ,India (because it cheap).
    Average hotel cost around RS 3000 while in tube is about RS 1400( 19USD) . Simply

  18. Reminds me of judge dredd comics and where they send criminals to “ISO CUBES” they call them in judge dredd

  19. Despite having a real bedroom, I decided to put my bed into my office closet (which JUST fit) and built a frame so the mattress was a little over a meter high so I could have storage under it and feel higher off the ground (or closer to the ceiling?). There's something I just love about sleeping in a cozy little space like that. I had an old computer I put under my bed with a few monitors on the walls too for a nice high tech feel, and a little bedtime netflix. I love it, so does my cat.

    As you can probably tell… I'm single.

  20. This is exactly the place I would go if I had a girlfriend with a fantasy to stay on a space station. Sadly, none of my girlfriends ever had that fantasy. 🙂

    Putting my marketing hat on, what would be incredibly cool here is if they could implement a simulation of orbiting the planet earth that was projected into a giant LCD above you. The idea would be to create a real-time simulation of what you would see if you were in an orbiting space hotel quickly traveling around the planet. That would make this an entertainment destination, not just a low-budget high-tech motel.

  21. I could appreciate bare minimum as a matter of rationality but 50-60$AUS makes the room rate close to a thousand dollars which makes it a ripoff. Very one sided trade off so I would avoid it out of principle. I would suggest minimal rooms instead, like 2x2meters with a bed, doorway, bathroom and window if possible. Alternatively a large quality display showing a live view. Or multiple. Ceiling height could be 2.1m, then it doesn't get much more efficient yet still very satisfying accommodations.

  22. There's not enough fresh air in that hotel for good health. Offgassing, toxic cleaners/laundry/body products – are a nightmare for the body.
    Brains slow right down within minutes of poor breathing air.

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