Snug hotel rooms offer high style for much, much less

Weary travelers have a new option for easing the pain of a long layover in one of the world's worst airports: Yotel, a low-cost, high-concept "pod hotel" inspired by first-class airline cabins, opens today in Terminal 4 of London's Heathrow.

Yotel, which launched its first property in London's Gatwick Airport this summer, charges from about $52 for four hours in a standard single "cabin" and $115 for an overnight stay; a double cabin starts at about $82 for four hours and $169 a night.

It's the latest example of a new breed of budget hotels, offshoots of Japan's coffinlike "capsule hotels," that combine snug spaces (rooms are typically 75 to 100 square feet) with tech-conscious design (many feature self-service check-ins, iPod docking stations and free wireless, wall-mounted, flat-screen TVs and adjustable mood lighting).

A look at some major players:

• easyHotel:Part of the company behind Britain's low-cost airline easyJet, these orange-hued hotels are in London (Kensington, Victoria and Earl's Court, from about $52 a night), Basel and Zurich, Switzerland (from about $47 and $49 a night), and Budapest, Hungary (from about $22).

• Qbic:Open in Amsterdam and Maastricht, Netherlands, Qbic's "fun, sassy and efficient" hotels feature extra-long beds, Philippe Starck bathroom design and vending machines with homemade food from local caterers. Priced from about $57 a night.

• Pod Hotel:Rates at the former Pickwick Arms in central Manhattan start at $99 a night for a tiny but chic room with twin bed and shared bath down the hall; double rooms with private bath from $139.

• Nitenite Cityhotels:Open now in Birmingham, England, with expansion plans for New York City, the U.K. and Germany, Nitenite hotels feature ergonomically designed, yacht-style rooms in neutral colors. Rates from about $82 a night, double.

• Hotel SO: Compact rooms at this eco-conscious hotel, launched last month in Christchurch, New Zealand, include free Internet phone calls. Rates from about $53 a night, with optional $11 "servicing charge."

•Tune Hotels:Cheap is the byword at this garish red hotel in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: rates start at about $3 a night, though towels and air conditioning are extra.

• CitizenM:Amsterdam's CitizenM (short for "mobile") opens early in 2008. Rates will start from about $101 a night for a room with mood lighting ("any color except tartan") and a king-size bed "as big as your dreams, but not as weird."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3966140.
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
United States Carli Lloyd celebrates with teammates Ali Krieger and Morgan Brian after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany during the second half of a semifinal in the Womens World Cup finals, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada.
Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP
Elaine Thompson/AP Photo
PHOTO: In this image released by Lionsgate, Theo James, from left, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller appear in a scene from The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
Andrew Cooper/Lionsgate/AP Photo