Locked In: Australia's First 'Capsule' Hotel


Taking inspiration from Japan, Australia's latest in budget accommodation will only cost you $50 per night.

Aptly named The Capsule Hotel, the premise behind this venture was to provide budget-friendly boutique accommodation in the heart of the CBD. At $50 per pod per night, or $65 for a double capsule, the price point is no doubt affordable for its central location. A fleet of space-age “pods” are available to rent by the night.

Launched in May, The Capsule Hotel offers futuristic-style accommodation in the heart of the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) and above The Century Bar, which has a range of tap beers and a wide selection of cocktails.


Sydney Harbour Bridge is 8 minutes' drive away and Sydney Opera House is 12 minutes' drive from the property.

Each unique capsule comes with a safety deposit box, a large locker, LCD TV, USB plugs, head phone jack, a mirror, adjustable lights, clocks, alarm clock and full climate control. Guests have access to a communal kitchenette and laundry facilities. Luggage storage is available.

The capsules themselves stray from your traditional Japanese pods, taking on a more space-age industrial feel on the outside. Inside, the decor comprises of crisp white linens, sharp lines and mirrors.

As for safety, each pod has a smoke detector, fire alarm and a fire extinguisher installed. Plus there's an SOS button.

70 capsules are available to book with either front or side entrances, and there are numerous deluxe queen-sized beds to book for those seeking a roomier sleep.

Originally designed as cheap, basic accommodation for businessmen — or Japanese “salarymen” — who were too drunk to return home safely, they are now a genuine alternative to hotels for everyone from travellers to executives.

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