Travel & Tourism
Sala’s Capsule Hotel Revolution
Upon first glance, the reception of the Boutique Capsule Hotel by Sala Enterprises appears to be like any other offering in the city. From conventional reception desks and a cozy seating area where you can relax until you are checked in, this hotel is centrally situated on Galle Road in the heart of Colombo. What they offer is a safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation in the bustling city of Colombo for business and leisure travelers. But this is where the similarities end. This property is Sri Lanka’s first ever hotel to utilize the ultra-modern ‘capsule’ concept.
As you proceed up to where the capsules are located, you might be overwhelmed and met with a feelin of unfamiliarity, for this is not your ordinary hotel. Based on the popular Japanese theme of pod hotels that cater to the minimum requirements of travelers in a futuristic manner, this property is a true embodiment of that highly successful theme which took off in the late 70s in the Umeda district of Osaka, Japan.
The Boutique Capsule Hotel features 31 small cabins that are stacked on top of each other, arranged in a vertical and horizontal fashion. While they may look like a critical component required for the operation of a spaceship in orbit, you can be rest assured that these capsules are grounded. The unique element that these capsules bring out is that they are able to fuse convenience and affordability together. As travelers are constantly evolving, especially with the millennial traveler that seeks a no-frills experience, they can step into a different level of living, beyond the realm of costly conventional hotels.
The interiors of the capsules are a piece of technological art. Each feature their own control panel, where lighting and air conditioning can be adjusted at the touch of a button. Audio sockets, USB ports and reading lights are not even an arm’s reach away. Some of them even feature their own televisions! Even if you are deterred from this concept due to the small space that you will be sleeping in, the interior design and lighting creates the feeling of a greater space.
It is clear that the Boutique Capsule Hotel seeks to meet the growing demand from low budget visitors. With the core objective of providing cost effective, basic accommodation for guests, who either don’t require or cannot afford the services offered by more conventional hotels, this novel idea has certainly taken off on the review and rating pages of online travel websites and booking agencies. This proves that even though the hotel offers a low-cost accommodation option to guests, there is no compromising on comfort, quality or style.
In addition to the capsules themselves, the hotel also features shared common areas including lounges for relaxing and dining. Spotless shared bathrooms are stocked with all the required amenities of the contemporary traveler, from hairdryers to free toiletries. As one would expect, guests can enjoy the free Wi-Fi service along with a dedicated front desk service, available to guests around the clock. To sum it up, the Boutique Capsule Hotel by Sala Enterprises provides guests with perfect service and fuss-free affordable accommodation in the heart of the city…. with a never-seen-before futuristic twist!