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Would a capsule hotel work here ( Canada/ U.S.)

Asked by talljasperman (21818points) August 16th, 2010

http://www.geobeats.com/videoclips/japan/tokyo/capsule-hotel

How much would one cost to operate… and could they be comfortable… Have you been in one? What is it like?

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I haven’t been in a hotel like this, but I have slept on a train that had compartments (with beds) that you shared with other people…some of them strangers.

Could they be comfortable? Yes, but for only the most basic of needs: security and a private place to sleep that has personal climate control.

The only markets I could foresee this being successful in in the U.S. and probably Canada would be at airports and truck stops. Think of all the people in airports that get stranded and spend the next couple of hours struggling to find a hotel for the night or just sleep in the waiting areas. Many truckers sleep in their cabs at a truck stop and pay a fee to use their shower facilities.

As for operating costs, it depends on a lot of factors that can be broken down into fixed and variable costs. If you’ve ever played Monopoly, it’s a lot like that. And if you’d like a top-line lesson on the costs of running a hotel, feel free to send a PM, and I’d be happy to walk you through it.

Seek's avatar

I think most Americans are far too fond of their personal space, and too paranoid about their property to have this work on any broad scale.

@Pied_Pfeffer mentioned truck stops. That might work, but it would be a risky investment.

rebbel's avatar

I was hoping the video was going to show us what the honeymoon suite looked like.

jazmina88's avatar

We are so into comfort and room to breathe. I’m not so sure about that.

It is cheap….to get a pod. so I see it in poorer neighborhoods. and maybe a bit seedy.

CrankMonkey's avatar

I don’t think you could get it approved. It probably violates zoning restrictions.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer‘s answer works for me. Of course many people couldn’t tolerate such a sleeping locale for any one of a number or reasons: claustrophobia, back problems, extreme height or girth, urinary frequency problems and other sources of anxiety.

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