One of the first things I tried in this trip to Malaysia was the intriguing Capsule Hotel at KLIA2. Capsule hotels have been featured several times in blogs, online articles, and magazines and it was something that always shunned my interest as I wasn’t comfortable of tight spaces.
As I planned for my trip to Penang, I realized after confirmation, that I booked a red-eye flight to Kuala Lumpur (which is common to cheap airfares) and I had to wait six hours for the bus that will take me to Penang. There was no turning back so I had to find an alternative solution. I was worried with this set up because I had no plans of staying the night on an airport waiting lounge and I did not want to exceed my travel budget by booking a hotel in KL.
I came across this capsule hotel idea online in search for a place near the airport that I could stay for six hours. I didn’t like the idea but I had to just go for it. For a price of 1000 pesos, I booked for a “capsule” good for four hours. It was enough time for me to just chill and take a nap before the first bus to Penang arrived.
It excited me in a way but it also made me feel apprehensive. There was no way I could survive a tight space, locked-in like I was in a casket.
I arrived 1 am in KL and I had to face reality. The Capsule Hotel was waiting for me.
I was welcomed by a friendly hotel attendant and he oriented me on how to use the facilities. I got the key and upon entering, I actually found the place kind of cool. The Capsule Hotel was composed of several container vans stacked on top of each other giving this modern, industrial feel. I had to admit– it as kind of hipster. And I actually ended up liking it.
The capsule was not a casket, it had an opening that can be closed with a roller curtain. It was comfortable. The bed was nice and the pillows were soft. It had a phone and a socket for charging. It had a mirror underneath an Ikea-like foldable “on-the-wall” table. It had a chillout corner with books and magazines. It had a common bathroom with a nice and huge hot shower…
Okay, I’ll admit it. I liked it.
It totally debunked my idea that sleeping in a capsule was crazy.
And I think you should try it too. :)