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Intelligent capsule hotels debut in Chongqing

Updated: 2017-08-15

By Sun Hui, chinadaily.com.cn

With unmanned cafes and convenience stores taking the country by storm, new capsule hotels without receptionists opened to trial operations in the Liangjiang New Area (LNA) of Chongqing on Aug 14.

Intelligent capsule hotels debut in Chongqing

Four capsule beds are set in Liangjiang New Area' Cybernaut Maker Space. [Photo/liangjiang.gov.cn 

Different from common capsule hotels, the newly opened hotels are available to be booked online. Four new hotels, located in LNA's Cybernaut Maker Space, have opened, featuring rooms shaped like white space cabins capable of accommodating a single guest.

Users can easily book a capsule bed by following the hotel's official Wechat account and registering. The door of the capsule rooms will open as users scan QR codes with their smart phones to check both in and out.

Intelligent capsule hotels debut in Chongqing

An office worker stays in a capsule hotel in the Liangjiang New Area's Cybernaut Maker Space on Aug 14. [Photo by Zhang Jinhui/cqrb.cn]

Capsule hotels mainly serve white-collar workers in the area, providing a place for siesta. During the trial operations, the capsule hotels charge 5 yuan ($0.75) per half hour and 6 yuan from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Three hundered capsule hotels are expected to be built across the Liangjiang New Area by the end of this year.

Chongqing opened its first capsule hotel on Nov 22, 2012, featuring 16 1.2-by-2.2-meter rooms equipped with a power outlet, clock, wall lamp, TV set, air conditioner and even WiFi.

Intelligent capsule hotels debut in Chongqing

A guest erected a collapsible desk in a capsule hotel in Chongqing in 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

Edited by Zachary Dye

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