as we've indicated in a previous post, japan no longer is the exclusive home of the capsule hotel phenomenon. a clever new southeast asian equivalent called the pod has recently popped up in singapore's downtown neighbourhood of bugis. conceptualized with today's savvy traveller in mind, the pod is conveniently nestled between the city's ultimate hipster shopping grounds around haji lane and the central business district, and offers affordable style, comfort and modern amenities, all packaged in a cool setting. the property features 83 comfortable and well-designed pods. and no, it isn't just a pod, it comes with a slew of fancy and clever extras. each pod comes with a personal locker - situated below the pod itself - with key card access, two pillows, a personal reading light, fold-down table for laptop use or writing, international power socket, hangers, and a clothes rack.
and that's not all, folks. adding up to your sleeping comfort are 300 thread-count sateen sheets and a fluffy duvet. pull-down blinds provide guests added privacy. the clean, modern design extends to the pod's bathroom and vanity area. an elongated marble communal vanity set against a mirrored wall provides guests with easy access to a quick wash or touch up. additionally there are separate self-contained bathrooms with a shower separated from the water closet and sink by a glass screen that enable guests to enjoy the comforts of a private toilet within a shared bathroom. the pod knows its target demographic well, and providing amenities and facilities such as hi-speed wifi, business suites and a personalised concierge service proves just that. location: 289 beach road, third floor [bugis].