Central Railway is set to start its first affordable Pod hotel with modern facilities at CMST by the end of this month. The hotel has 58 beds including 50 for adults and eight for children including separate cabins for women. “Construction work on this Pod hotel is almost complete, finishing work will be completed by next week,” a CR officer said.
The minimum charge for a bed will be only Rs 499 for 12 hours. This capsule hotel, also known as the Pod hotel, is equipped with all modern facilities such as air conditioning, intercom, smoke detectors, charging stations, Wi-Fi, reading lights, baggage handling facilities, a separate catering area and bathing facilities.
There are 30 single beds (including 8 for women) available in this Pod hotel at CSMT. Apart from this, six double and four family capsules are also available at this hotel. About 50 pairs of long-distance trains are operated from the CSMT, which are used daily by more than one million passengers.
What is a Pod Hotel?
A Pod hotel has several small, bed-sized capsules and offers affordable overnight accommodation. Hundreds of passengers from other states to Mumbai return the same day or stay overnight. However, for many of them, hotels and accommodation in the city are unaffordable, which is where the Pod hotel will be in demand.
“It will be a game-changer, especially for those who are unable to afford the heavy charges of luxury hotels in South Mumbai. The concept will best suit frequent travellers, business executives and study groups etc. said Shivaji Sutar CPRO CR. adding that passengers will enjoy accommodation at affordable rates at this Pod hotel, also known as capsule hotels.
“Capsule hotels were born from the idea of meeting people’s basic needs when they travel. They need a place to get a good night’s sleep, a clean bathroom and peace. These three things are provided by capsule hotels.This type of accommodation replaced the idea of private single rooms and gave an alternative at the lowest possible price.They resemble an airplane cockpit and are usually placed in the large hallway stacked in two layers. While some people think capsules are just for sleeping, these new types of hotels have evolved to provide a luxurious experience with private baths, saunas and spacious lounges,” said a CR official adding that the Pod hotel will be operated by M/s Namah Enterprises who will pay Rs. 10,07,786/- as license fee for five years.
This Pod hotel is located next to the main line women’s waiting room at CSMT. Earlier in November 2021, the first Pod hotel in the city’s railway stations was opened at the WR’s Mumbai Central Railway Station by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
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