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

Shanghai first capsule hotel.

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.

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