New Zealand’s first pod hotel opens in November


Operator Jucy will open New Zealand’s first pod accommodation on November 1, located a few minutes’ drive from the international airport in the country’s second largest city of Christchurch.

Jucy Snooze Christchurch will have 271 beds and offer self-contained accommodation capsules with beds, storage lockers, power supply and Wi-Fi connectivity. Guests can only self check-in and out with the use of a smartphone or a specially-designed kiosk.

Said Jucy’s CEO Tim Alpe: “Our research found that hotels were inadvertently causing bottlenecks for their reception staff by forcing guests to leave at the same time. Any time when customers need to queue to pay their bill creates the potential for customer satisfaction to be diminished. We wanted the first and last impression our guests have to be one of efficiency and convenience.”

Alpe added there has already been strong interest in the accommodation with 600 international bookings secured a month before its launch.

Other facilities on-site include communal spaces such as general-use lounges and desks provided for internet browsing.

Pod prices start from NZ$39 (US$27.60), and the pricing model allows travellers the flexibility of overnight stays or a stay of a few hours.

Construction on a five-storey Jucy Snooze in Queenstown will soon begin as well, targeted to open in June 2017.

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