Pod Hotels are nothing new. Gay travellers to New York or London or anywhere in Europe will have found pod hotels safe secure and perfect for low-cost stays.
It now seems the idea of producing these types of accommodation choices has reached New Zealand with the commencement of building, of the new Jucy pod hotel in Christchurch which will contain hundreds of fibreglass and steel capsules providing low-cost accommodation for travellers.
It is believed once complete this new prototype hotel will be the most technologically advanced in the country.
The 282-bed micro hotel next to Christchurch International Airport is designed to new earthquake standards and plans are underway for sites in Queenstown and Auckland.
Jucy CEO Tim Alpe said the pods will feature unique technology which allows the traveller to control their own stay.
Tourists will be able to check in, open and secure their rooms using a smartphone app currently in development.
Each pod will have a latest generation tablet where guests will be able to wirelessly manage their room, travel itinerary and purchase entertainment on demand.
Alpe said the company’s integrated service offering will see all aspects of the visitor’s time in the country managed via their devices.
“Another of our new apps will allow travellers to book hundreds of local tourist attractions direct, download all of their bookings and take the information with them while they travel.”.
Alpe said the hotel will also help address the city’s low-cost accommodation shortage – particularly in close proximity to the airport.
“Guests will be able to walk from the terminal to their bed within five minutes, and have access to a complimentary shuttle service during bad weather,” he says.
The pricing is designed to meet the needs of the budget traveller, whether it’s a backpacker, a gay couple or a family.
Most of the pod units will be priced at around $30 with bigger rooms starting at $85. For short stays between connecting flights, the pods can be rented at $20 for two hours.
Alpe said the hotel will be crafted from an innovative modular construction system, which allows the company to manufacture at its Auckland factory and ship to Christchurch.
Last Updated on Jan 25, 2016