March 29, 2019 5:19 pm

Metro Vancouver’s first ‘pod hotel’ set to open in Richmond

Richmond will be home to Metro Vancouver's first "pod hotel."

Credit: Panda Pod Hotel

Metro Vancouver’s first “pod hotel” is set to open its doors next week.

The Panda Pod Hotel, located on No. 3 Road in Richmond, is the latest business to cash in on the trend of “capsule” hotels, offering cheap, tiny sleeping spaces to budget travellers.

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The concept has long been a mainstay in cities like Tokyo, and has spread to cities like New York in North America. In 2017, Canada’s first pod hotel opened in Whistler.

While the single-occupancy pods offer sleepers just a few square feet, the Panda Pod Hotel describes them as “stylish and compact,” and says they’re equipped with “extra space inside each pod” and a folding table and hangers for clothing.

They’re also built with “noise-cancelling” materials, but the company acknowledges “some noise will be inevitable” and says free earplugs are available at the front desk.

Guests are assigned locker space for their belongings, with a $5 fee for an additional locker. Pets and children are not permitted.

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The hotel’s 64 pods, which are split into male and female dorms, are stacked two high and have privacy screens to slide over the entrance.

Sleeping pads can handle a maximum weight of 220 pounds.

Guests are being offered a promotional rate for now, but the hotel plans to charge guests $59 per night come summer.

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