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India’s first pod hotel – Launched in Mumbai

Cheap and chic, this one costs a third of what you’d pay elsewhere

Country’s financial capital is known for its crammed apartments. Now, there is new resting place in the city where travellers can unwind at affordable prices at India’s first pod hotel – Urbanpod

India’s first pod hotel

Urbanpod, a newly opened pod hotel will charge you between Rs 2,500 – Rs 2,900 for its smallest pod which is about 3.02 sq metre in area.

Hiren Gandhi, Co-founder & Director at Urbanpod said that new-age travellers don’t want a lavish lobby but hotels build it in a way which adds to the bill of the customer.

“Travelers look forward to places that are – affordable, hygienic and provide safe accommodation at a centrally-located place. It makes sense in Mumbai as our real estate costs sky high,” Gandhi added.

Each Pod comes with a – 

  • Bed
  • Bersonal locker
  • Plasma TV
  • Personal reading light
  • Power socket
  • Hangers
  • A dresser
  • Free wi-fi
  • Air-conditioning facility
  • Air-purifier

The hotel claims to be a great option for single women travelers, apart from the business and leisure travelers. There is a cafeteria where you can have your complimentary breakfast and spend the rest of your day.

When you check-in at the hotel, your luggage is stored in a separate individual-locker facility and the non-attached bathroom suites are separate-facilities.

Private Pod
Suite Pod
Pod from outside

Pick from private and classic pods, the latter including men-only pods and an exclusive set of pods just for women. For those travelling in pairs, there’s the suite pod.

One of the non-attached bathrooms at the hotel.

Bathrooms are shared, though, and are kitted with standard toiletries.

The hotel cafeteria doubles as a lounge.

The hotel has a cafeteria, which doubles as a lounge. You can even order your food in your room, thanks to the 24hr pod service, and make use of the hotel’s laundry and office services.

Urbanpod is the brainchild of Shalabh Mittal and Hiren Gandhi, two young entrepreneurs who wanted to replicate their pod-hotel experience from Singapore. From there, they brought in Berlin Lee, a partner with some experience running capsule hotels, and architecture firm Formwerkz for the design.

The hotel is an easy 4.3km from Mumbai airport’s Terminal 2 and about 6km from the domestic-only Terminal 1. And with tariffs nearly a third of the standard business hotel, this one surely means business.

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