Sleeping boxes are made popular in Japan Shinjuku capsule hotel and are finally coming to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong capsule hotel are equipped with Wi-Fi. Eric Wong, it’s managing director of Galaxy Stars Ltd., is bringing the trend of sleeping box to the city to offer much cheap, basic accommodation.
Each of these capsule measures about 90 by 180 centimeters, made comfortable for a small adult, and they can also be customized to fit into any size.
As for now, Wong added that it’s now only has showroom for the capsules hotel and it’s not ready for use currently. He hopes to partner with hoteliers in the future to open a capsule hotel in Hong Kong.
“Since the Facebook page has gone up, I’ve already been contacted by tourists interested in a place to stay on vacation,” said Wong.
“The actual hotel is ideal for the Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok area since that’s where most tourists look for a hotel.”
Like Japan, Hong Kong is short on space and during peak holiday seasons hotels are often at full occupancy.
This past December, mainland tourists were tricked into staying at love hotels by desperate tour operators.
Wong’s goal to introduce its capsule hotel to the mainland people in China, and he’s also targeting a niche consumers mainly the students.
But in Hong Kong, Wong is also targeting another niche consumer — the student.
If a group of 15-20 university students is willing to rent a capsule dormitory together, Wong will find property near their university and fit it out with his capsules.
Rent for a capsule dormitory would run to about HK$3,500 a month per capsule space.
“We will be strict about the hours of water and electricity supply in order to be efficient about management,” said Wong. “So students must accept this condition.”