The first in a multi-million dollar chain of pod hotels opened in Christchurch today, with the official launch attended by Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key. The new 271 bed ‘micro accommodation’ concept has been launched by tourism operator Jucy. Jucy CEO Tim Alpe says there has already been strong interest in the hotel, with 600 international bookings secured a month before its launch.
Alpe says the new short stay pods offer low cost accommodation close to the airport, with tourists able to stay for short periods between international flights or overnight. The self-contained accommodation capsules or pods feature beds, storage lockers a power supply and WiFi connectivity.
While the Jucy Snooze target market is primarily backpackers, room layouts have also been designed to cater to low cost travellers, families and baby boomers. The Jucy Snooze pod prices start at $39, with the pricing model designed to offer flexibility to accommodate tourists wanting to stay overnight, or a reduced rate for those who just want a few hours sleep between connecting flights.
Alpe says visitors will also be encouraged to socialise and share communal spaces such as the general use lounges, with hot desks provided for casual web browsing.
Construction is set to begin shortly on a five-storey Jucy Snooze in Queenstown, with plans underway to roll the concept out in other locations across New Zealand and Australia.