Japanese capsule hotel opens in East Sussex for guests seeking alternative budget stay

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Pod Central, is based in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. The venue has 16 pods to sleep in, each stacked in pairs and measuring up to 1.3m x 2.2m. Guests will receive complimentary wifi along with bedding, storage lockers, towels and USB port, plugs, reading lights, ear plugs and fans.

Eco-friendly toiletries will also be available to use on site and ther is also shared showers, toilets and hair-dryers.

Pod Central’s managing director Mia Preston has lived in the seaside town for more than 15 years. She said: “This is something new for the area, offering budget accommodation for young people, single parents, retired people – anyone looking for ‘no frills’ accommodation in a central location, whether for work, study or tourism.

“I came up with this fun idea when I was taking my son to explore universities around the country and it was difficult to find inexpensive accommodation.”

Mia Having worked in property renovation and management for several years. Mia ran a clinical aromatherapy business helping clients to unwind and destress.

Pod hotels were first made famous in Japan more than 40 years ago offering cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests that are commonly made from wood, metal, plastic or fibreglass.

Pod Central opened for business on June 21 and complies with the UK government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Popular tourist attractions for visitors to check out include the historic towns of Hastings and Battle and Eastbourne just a 30 minute train journey away.

The hotel’s mission is to provide a money-saving alternative business and stay thanks to their low energy and underfloor heating.

Other eco-friendly measures include motion sensors and LED lighting and recycling bins.

Plans are currently under way for 20 more Pod Central sites to open in the next five years in major cities such as Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Plymouth and, all located near train stations.

Prices for the rooms cost £30 a night.

To book your stay, visit www.podcentral.co.uk


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