Russia’s InBox Hotel Humanizes the Capsule Hotel Concept
In the heart of Saint-Petersburg is a hotel unlike any other: InBox Capsule Hotel. If its name invokes images of people sleeping in capsules, your imagination wouldn’t be too far off. And for people who prefer to travel light, InBox is the ideal place to rest your head at night.
The hotel, which is smack dab in the middle of a busy city, offers respite and peace for weary travelers. Altogether, InBox offers 24 accommodations – or should we say personal beds in boxes.
The design of the space encourages socializing by offering communal amenities. Even the bed cubicles are stacked in rows of two with six to a panel. A ladder allows guests to climb to the top “bunk,” while a convenient shade at the foot of the bed affords you some privacy.
The concept of a capsule hotel isn’t a new one – they’re quite popular in Japan. But InBox is different in that the space is warm, inviting and cozy. Each box features a wooden interior for comfort. The space outside of the bed boxes is cozy-industrial, with black bricks and concrete, and wooden seating.
Capsule Size and Amenities
InBox offers accommodations to suit most travelers.
With capsule sizes of 220cm long x 92cm wide x 125cm high, SmartBox rooms are long enough to allow you to lay down comfortably, but tall enough for you to sit up and read.
Capsules are arranged in groups of 6 and 16 in mixed dorm areas. Shared WC/showers are located in the hallways of the dorm area.
The MonoBox & DoubleBox
The MonoBox is a two-level compact room with WC. While the room does not offer a shower or window, it does have an LED TV and a large bed.
These rooms are not shared, but feature that same interesting design that SmartBox offers. A modern metal ladder allows you to climb up into the bed, which sits atop the WC. The WC features a modern black and white design.
The DoubleBox is nearly identical, but features a double bed, window and shower.
The InBox takes hotel design to a new level by offering a variety of accommodations that suits every traveler’s needs, whether you prefer the community aspect hostels offer or a private, minimalistic room to spend the night.