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Reykjavík’s first Capsule Hotel offers offers Japanese-style sleeping pods

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Ever wanted to feel what it feels like to sleep in a space ship? Or just need to find a place to sleep but don’t need a private shower and all the extra space of a regular hotel room and don’t like sleeping in a crowded hostel dormitory? Well, then Japanese style sleeping pods are the answer! Galaxy Pod Hostel by Laugavegur street which opened in December now offers sleeping pod accommodation in Reykjavík.

According to the local news site nutiminn.is the hostel offered regular dormitory accommodation but added 38 sleeping pods this past December. According to Sverrir Guðmundsson, the owner of Galaxy Pod Hostel, the pods have been an enormous success. He plans to add two rooms with a total of 32 sleeping pods by the summer. Sverrir told the local TV station Stöð 2 travellers have even been stopping over in Iceland with the sole purpose of staying at the hotel. Kevin Williams, a traveller from California, who was interviewed by Stöð 2, explained that he was flying through Iceland to England but discovered the pod hostel by accident and decided he had to stop over “ever since I was a kid I always wanted to sleep in a kind of sci-fi spaceship

According to Sverrir his hostel is one of few hostels in Europe to offer sleeping pod accommodation. The first capsule hotel opened in Osaka in 1979, to offer simple overnight accommodation to guests who did not need the regular services offered by hotels. But despite their popularity in Japan the pod hotels have not caught on in the rest of the world.

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