Canada’s first pod hotel to open in Whistler

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Tue, Jun 13: It’s not for everyone, but a B.C. company is betting that Whistler will be the best location for the first “pod hotel” in Canada. Ted Chernecki shows us what it looks like – Jun 13, 2017

Real estate developers tend to think big, but the people behind a Whistler, B.C. hotel want to think small.

The Pangea Pod hotel is slated to open in April and will feature 88 wood-lined private sleeping pods that come with modern touches such as LED lights and USB charging stations.

“We want to play in that wide open space between what a hostel outside of town charges and what a hotel inside of town charges,” Pangea Pods founder Russell Kling said.

The hotel will also feature a common area that offers a panoramic view of Whistler Village and an outdoor rooftop patio.

Kling said the new pod hotel could appeal to a new breed of travellers.

“These guys don’t come to Whistler today, these 38-year-old young professionals because there isn’t a product for them,” Kling said. “Maybe a few of them come but for three days instead of 10 because they can’t afford it.”

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The building that will house the Pangea Pod Hotel used to be a timeshare complex that fell into serious disrepair. It took the developer a year-and-a-half to track down each of the 1,200 timeshare investors and buy them out. All told, the project is expected to cost around $10 million.

Kling said the pod hotel will be an upscale version of capsule hotels that have long been a staple in Japan and other destinations.

“Really, you are supposed to feel like you’re on a luxury yacht and this is your little berth,” Kling said.

— With files from Ted Chernecki

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