Shanghai’s First Capsule Hotel Opens, 88 RMB/Day Good Deal?

Shanghai first capsule hotel.

From NetEase:

“Capsule Hotel” appears in Shanghai, daily rate 88 yuan

 A few days ago, a capsule hotel appeared in Shanghai. According to reports, every room's width and height is approximately 110 centimeters, about 220 centimeters long, and is equipped with LCD televisions, internet connections, etc. According to reports, this hotel charges by the hour, with a base rate of 28 yuan, or 88 yuan per day.

A few days ago, a capsule hotel appeared in Shanghai. According to reports, every room's width and height is approximately 110 centimeters, about 220 centimeters long, and is equipped with LCD televisions, internet connections, etc. According to reports, this hotel charges by the hour, with a base rate of 28 yuan, or 88 yuan per day.

Steel framed "capsules", 110 centimeters wide and tall, 220 centimeters long, with pillow and blanket, ventilation fan, adjustable lamps, alarm clocks, electrical sockets, LCD televisions, and internet access. 68 stacked rooms split into three areas, separate from the bathroom, toilet, smoking area, shop, and storage areas.

Steel framed "capsules", 110 centimeters wide and tall, 220 centimeters long, with pillow and blanket, ventilation fan, adjustable lamps, alarm clocks, electrical sockets, LCD televisions, and internet access. 68 stacked rooms split into three areas, separate from the bathroom, toilet, smoking area, shop, and storage areas.

As it is understood, the requirements for the materials used in a capsule hotel are very high. From the frames to the accessories, all of them must be fire-resistant, and even "the mattresses are inspected for fire-resistance". But on the surface, this specially ordered mattress doesn't look any different from any ordinary mattress.

As it is understood, the requirements for the materials used in a capsule hotel are very high. From the frames to the accessories, all of them must be fire-resistant, and even "the mattresses are inspected for fire-resistance". But on the surface, this specially ordered mattress doesn't look any different from any ordinary mattress.

The owner of the capsule hotel is a Chinese returnee who had studied abroad in Japan. During his study abroad, he worked "undercover" as an attendant/service personnel at a Japanese capsule hotel before he learned everything required from the hardware to the service. According to him, Japan's capsule hotels only charge by the day, whereas his hotel in Shanghai, instead charges by the hour.

The owner of the capsule hotel is a Chinese returnee who had studied abroad in Japan. During his study abroad, he worked "undercover" as an attendant/service personnel at a Japanese capsule hotel before he learned everything required from the hardware to the service. According to him, Japan's capsule hotels only charge by the day, whereas his hotel in Shanghai, instead charges by the hour.

"Just like how Chinese people eat hot pot, where there needs to be a soup base first before choosing the ingredients, our soup base here is 28 yuan, adding 4 yuan if exceeding one hour, capped at 88 yuan per day." According to this owner, this method of charging was his own idea, and is also to increase profit through frequent turnover. With regards to the television, the owner explained that at present one can only watch movies. "We have a film library that the remote control can be used to choose from, 1 yuan charge for each film."

"Just like how Chinese people eat hot pot, where there needs to be a soup base first before choosing the ingredients, our soup base here is 28 yuan, adding 4 yuan if exceeding one hour, capped at 88 yuan per day." According to this owner, this method of charging was his own idea, and is also to increase profit through frequent turnover. With regards to the television, the owner explained that at present one can only watch movies. "We have a film library that the remote control can be used to choose from, 1 yuan charge for each film."

This capsule hotel is located at 中山北路1036号 (1036 Zhongshan North Road) in Shanghai.

Comments from NetEase:

网易广东省广州市荔湾区网友:

One day 88 yuan, one month 2700 yuan, and this is called cheap? And it’s a coffin!

网易广东省佛山市网友:

Why is it designed so similarly to a hospital’s morgue?

网易美国网友:

Even if everyone doesn’t mind this thing being like a morgue, just with China’s fire-fighting standard alone, one fire and everyone is dead. So do we still want to compare this with Japan?

网易江苏省南京市网友:

One day 88 yuan, not cheap! Still can’t afford to live in!

网易江苏省手机网友:

Every time there is a piece of news about Shanghai there will be tens of thousands of lowly cunts following it/commenting on it, and even every so often whining about how Shanghai always captures people’s eyeballs [always gets undue attention]? It’s TM you’re own pathetic fault! You happily go pay attention to [news about Shanghai]!! Simultaneously cursing and giving it attention, so pathetic! Too pathetic!! Sometimes even cursing until you’re muddled in the head! And “coffin”? It’s for you waidiren to stay in after all! A bunch of retards and lowly cunts!!

网易陕西省手机网友:

It looks pretty good, must go try it sometime.

网易上海市松江区网友:

Go watch a documentary, watch the scenes of Nazi concentration camps, see how the Jewish survivors lived, in “capsules”. After watching, ding me. Instead of learning from people, [this owner] is learning from devils/monsters, Japanese monsters and German monsters.

网易河南省洛阳市网友:

Stupid cunts, why insist on renting a 88 RMB per day place when you can rent a 77 RMB a month place? Why insist on waiting for the noodles when you already have the meat to eat? Stupid.

网易山东省济南市手机网友:

There will definitely be no market [for this]. Go to an internet bar to sleep for a night is just ten kuai, go to a public bath [for a night] is just 20 kuai, and they’re both more comfortable!

网易上海市浦东新区网友:

Indeed only SBs would stay in these. Shanghai has plenty of 99 chain hotels, and all hotels generally have special price rooms, usually around 80 kuai, so if you [still choose to] stay in a morgue room, you’d be a stupid cunt, right?

网易辽宁省手机网友:

The thinking is rather innovative, it’s just that it is a little at odds with Chinese concepts.

网易广东省手机网友:

Can’t make love in there…too small, no fun.

More Chinese netizen discussion on QQ and Mop. Additional photos:

A capsule hotel in Shanghai, inspired by capsule hotels in Japan.

A guest uses his laptop in his "capsule" hotel room in Shanghai.

The shared bathroom at Shanghai's first capsule hotel.

The shared toilets at Shanghai's first capsule hotel.

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  • http://www.ethansenglishcafe.com Ethan

    Not a bad deal. For those whining you can’t live in it cheap, it’s not for living long term… It’s a cheap place to stay a night or two.

    “According to this owner, this method of charging was his own idea”- I guess in the shanzhai meaning of “My own idea” it could be…

    • Gut

      For a night or two I’d say yes, but if I get the slightest smell of feet in my capsule I’m out! :)

    • Shoeshine

      Even for one night it’s not cheap. If you look hard enough, you can get a room for a fourth this price.

      • http://www.ethansenglishcafe.com Ethan

        Where are you sleeping for 20 RMB a night?!

        • EnglishPRC

          i remember i stayed at this place in xi an back in 2005, paid only 30 kuai for one night with attached bath, not bad at all.

        • Laonei

          It’s not 20, but you can stay at City Central in SH for 40 kuai a night, and that includes breakfast (terrible breakfast, but hey, its free)

        • Laonei

          oh, and the overall standard is not bad at all, so considering the alternatives I would say this 88 kuai tube shi*t is not a good deal…

          • Schamotnik

            agreed.. always stay there.. double rooms are 100 kuai and it’s like a 3 star hotel..

  • 水溶C100

    In the future, I envision entire apartment buildings renting out “apartments” like this.

    Actually, for a lot of people it makes a great deal of sense. A place to store your valuables, which are increasing just becoming electronics (laptop, Ipod/Ipad phone). It has internet and you can sit up in there. Also, if the common areas were done well then I’d consider getting one. If you do business in Shanghai off and on then you could just always have your “apartment” Safe sound and most areas are cleaned by other people.

    Ain’t got nothing? Ain’t need nothin’…

    WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!!!

  • TheRockinRedParty

    so, how can one have sex in this?

  • Thomas

    So… there are normal hotels with rooms around the same price? Or hostels around the same price? So the whole thing is just for novelty?

    • Chad

      I don’t think there are any hotels at the same price. There are hostels that are geared towards foreigners. I’ve seen a few in bad locations that only cost 40-60 rmb. Capsules in Tokyo are also more expensive than the cheaper dorm-style hostels too.

      The problem with hostels is that you’re staying in a room with 3-5 people so there’s no privacy and if they wake up… you get woken up too. It’s really annoying at times. At least with these, you have a cover over the end of your capsule so the light won’t wake you up.

  • Taco

    I am thinking like many bing guans they won’t smell that good after awhile…..haha.

    To answer the above question….carefully….haha.

  • Gut

    The guy’s smart.

    A few years ago I’d probably say the Chinese would never go for something like this.

    Considering It’s in Shanghai nothing like in in the area reasonably priced with all the amenities needed for a night or two, I’d say the guy adopted a great business model.

    Curiosity by people will have this place full and in business and with that more of these types of Hotels. I’d stay there, but just for a night or two.

  • whichone

    Charging by the hour really doesn’t make that much sense, people generally sleep in the same hours, when one guy moves out after sleeping a few hours of the night, it will be difficult to rent it out for the remainder of that night. The human society operates on a 24 hour cycle, so charge by the day.

    I don’ t know what the prices are for a night at a motel in Shanghai but from comments it seems about the same, in which case the capsule hotel is way too expensive.

    Interesting. Bad deal.

    • Kerry

      Charge by hour = “rest” = kinky activities.

  • Spanky

    I see 6-8 hour specials for 100 RMB or less all the time in real hotels. These deals are meant for those cheating on their spouses or bring girlfriends.

  • ##BlothaLonely##

    Can’t fuck, can’t fart, can’t spit.. simply can’t live :( ..

  • http://www.celebrity.ohfree.net/ David

    With me this is Good deal :D

  • Kerry

    Looks very spacious and clean. Must roomier than the Japanese version. I would definitely stay there! But.. not sure about the exposed showers.

    • Jess

      Warning: If you fart you might be intoxicated!

      • Bo Wang

        Some people like sniffing their farts though. ;)

  • yenny agustine

    it”s look like you are very difficult to breath freely…..

  • Jess

    Where do you put your luggage?
    Do the capsules lock?
    Is the glass see through?
    What happens if the air conditioning breaks down, can you breathe?
    Are they soundproofed for sex?

    Thanks

  • peter the pickled piper

    a lot of stupid people commenting here on price. If you read with attention you will see it is a hotel. H O T E L people dont stay in H O T E L S for months, just a few days at most.

    I think its a great thing, all you need to kill a few hours is a tv internet access and a bed. I just hope they are suitably sound proofed.

    And to 网易广东省手机网友, ive made love in smaller places.

  • fireworks

    This will work well in airports and short stay visitors who are travelling alone.

    I doubt this will catch on for mainstream business travellers who require comfort and 5 star treatment.

  • Jenny

    unless you’re claustrophobic, this is not a bad idea.

  • Anon

    Too expensive! Try 8 yuan for a good deal. It’s the going rate for a twin sharing room in a crappy apartment around most of the 3rd world btw. This form of inefficiency for the ‘kitsch’ factor (who needs to manufacture overpriced morgue units?) will be China’s undoing. Follow Japanese trends at your own peril !

  • Irvin

    If one look through the net hard enough they can probably get better deal in a REAL hotel. Why would anyone wanna spend 88rmb on that is beyond me.

    The shared bathroom also isn’t too appealing.

  • Alikese

    I like all of the commenters saying “88 RMB? That’s what I pay for rent in a month! Why would anyone do this?”

    It’s not rural Anhui, it’s Shanghai. Stuff’s more expensive there.

  • Joe

    That shower room looks like a goddamn gas chamber. So much space, no dividers? Peasants will be peasants.

  • Rick in China

    Can’t you get cheap hotels in Shanghai..like 168 motel or whatever? Double the price and get your own room, private bathroom, etc…seems like 88 kuai for the intended not-so-wealthy who would be staying there is a little much.

  • plorf

    I would definitely visit it and see how it compares to the Japanese capsule hotels which are brilliant – but knowing China and the Chinese a bit I doubt it’s a great experience..

  • Twinings

    Why hasn’t anyone said anything about the location of this hotel? Location is everything, for backpackers or people who are visiting for a few days this is actually very good, if the location is good. Or for businessmen on the cheap who are looking for a few hours sleep and a shower after arriving in Shanghai before a meeting or something like that.

    • Taco

      It doesn’t sound good because this could be common living condition for poor people in the future. Maybe it is a bit warmer…and you can save energy costs by using body heat and methane production (eswwwww) :). Also for travelers, considering how sanitary some small hotels that are just as reasonably priced, I would not venture into one of this things if it were the last place to stay in Shanghai. There are even ways to stay for free if you know the right places and you are daring enough :0

  • Chaz

    I think it’s only applicable for people who wish to rest for few hours. And at RMB 88.00, it’s too expensive. In Tokyo, where hotel and rentals are much higher than Shanghai, then it’s alright and it’s a good business deal. Maybe at RMB 48.00, people might buy it. I been to Shanghai 6x and I stayed at Motel 168. It’s RMB 168 with small but nice bathroom, queen size bed, table and chairs, tv and it’s at least 5-6x bigger. If I am going to pay RMB 88 for that place, I might as well go for Motel 168 and if no enough money, just find someone to share…

    • plorf

      The main reason why I wouldn’t try it is the prison showers this capsule hotel seems to have… much to learn from the Japanese they have.

  • dreimalsechs

    ….So,….China is officially copying Japan also now? ;)

  • Devin

    Sigh, how pathetic chinese common people are.

  • http://www.kimbs.cn/ kim

    It’s really really cheaper than buying a house

    • http://www.hkanswers.com hkanswers

      I want to open one of these lol

  • Eddie

    man you even live cheaper in a hostel and you dont have to shower next to many dicks at the same time.

  • ann

    Noi GO!!! There isn’t even enough room for my luggage, definately give this one a miss.

  • Val

    How about quick sex in this coffin? Is it available?

  • Xiaoli shen

    中山北路1036号 上海 is a quite good location in terms close to the hearts of Shanghai. I would rent it and I suppose the sheets is changed. For those people worry about the privacy issues or just a complainer in nature then paid more for the room or pay less but far from city.

  • Emilio Kléber

    We need these capsule hotels in the USA, seriously. Because of what speculators did to the housing market, young working Americans of this generation can not move out, unless their parents are rich assholes who set them up with a place, they move in with 5 friends to a room, or they accept a bargain deal at a place that is moldy, falling to bits and likely to collapse on them. Many working people also can not find proper housing even though they are working. Capsule hotels in America would help working millennials get on their feet, reduce homelessness and maybe reduce demand for overpriced shitty apartments in the cities.

  • Bo Wang

    How do you know it’s a mac? Could be some shanzhai piece of shit, you moran.

  • Kim Haneul

    That’s probably a Quanta. They are quite popular in China. I agree that Dragoon is a moron.

  • Ho Hum

    hahaha moran. Fail.

  • Peter in China

    You’re an idiot. Shut up.

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