Capsule hotel equipped with oxygen room & snoring zone debuts in China
Popular among young travelers
"The hotel has gain popularity among young travelers, especially students,” said Xu Meijiang (许美江), manager and one of the investors in the hotel. “Our hotel was completely full during the Labor Day holidays and maintains 50-60 percent occupancy in normal days.”
Many guests are not even travelers. “They’re simply curious about this Japanese lodging culture and they come to experience it,” said Xu.
Each capsule is 120 centimeters wide, 210 centimeters long and 125 centimeters high and costs as little as RMB 59-65 per night. It comes with free Wi-Fi and a 15.6-inch foldable flat-screen TV set.
What is your capsule: Aries, Leo or Virgo?
According to Xu, Western star signs have grown to be such a key culture in China and it’s a way for her hotel to attract young travelers.
The Aries and Virgo zones are for female guests only “because the names sound tender in Chinese culture,” and the Taurus and Sagittarius are male-only sleepers. The rest of the signs are mixed dorms.
The hotel has designated Leo a zone for guests who snore at night.
"Chinese travelers are concerned that a hotel like this will be very noisy, that’s why we set up the snoring zone,” said Xu.
"Our reception will check with fat and elderly guests when they arrive to see whether or not they snore,” she added.
"Luxury VIP suites" are available for group travelers who wish for some privacy. Each of them contains four to eight capsules.
A dedicated oxygen room
The 200-square-meter area is decked out with plants and what Xu called “special equipment” to pump out "negative oxygen ions.” Xu said the free amenity is to give guests a totally relaxed and refreshing environment.
While inhaling pure oxygen, guests can also use various entertainment facilities in the area, such as table games.
She stays optimistic about the future of capsule hotel in Xi’an not only because the ancient capital’s tourism is soaring but also because the hotel is “economic” and “eco-friendly.”
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