May 1, 2010 1:59 am

Trendspotter: Capsule hotels

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Hotels generally aim to offer visitors comfort on their travels. But when Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the Easyjet founder, opened his first Easyhotel in 2005, the idea was to give overnighters a no-frills room compromising on space and luxury in return for lower prices. Since then, the capsule hotel has taken off and sacrificing space no longer means forgoing luxury.

In New York's West Village, The Jane offers cabins of about 50sq ft, each with a television, DVD player, Ipod dock and free WiFi (www.thejanenyc.com). For more opulence, the rooms at The Pod Hotel in Midtown place more emphasis on interior decor, and also have music streaming in the bathrooms (www.thepodhotel.com).

Accommodation akin to a ship’s berth is increasingly popular at airports. Simon Woodroffe, creator of the Yo! Sushi restaurant chain, has Yotels at Gatwick and Heathrow in London, and Amsterdam Schiphol. Rooms have flat-screen TVs and wireless internet (www.yotel.com). Operating on a similar model, Arch Group designers Alex Goryainov and Mikhail Krymov have developed the sleek, minimalist Sleepbox, around 60 of which are being installed in Dubai airport (www.arch-group.org).

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