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Russian Airport Opens New "Capsule" Hotel

14. December 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

If you’re journeying to Russia to meet your future Russian bride for the first time, you now have the ability to spend your time between flights with the utmost in convenience at the country’s first-ever capsule hotel.


On Nov. 25, 2009, the hotel officially opened on the 5th floor of the Air Express terminal at the international airport in Sheremetyevo.


The hotel includes 66 compact rooms in economy, business and first classes. All rooms, despite their small area – from 7.5 to 22 square meters – come with the essential amenities a traveler needs – an individual bathroom, telephone and internet – as well as a modern security system with electronic keys programmable for each client. Guests can also order meals using a discount card for various cafés and restaurants in the terminal.


Capsule hotels are a new phenomenon in Russia. Unlike the traditional Japanese designs, which have travelers sleeping in coffin-sized cubicles, the new Air Express hotel follows a larger European-style model. Designed for travelers with delayed flights or more than four hours of free time between flights, the basic idea is to combine accessibility, comfort, efficiency and safety with rooms that are much like cabins in a modern cruise ship.


The hotel is also close to the airport stop for the high speed rail line that brings passengers to and from the center of Moscow every 35 minutes. Each class of room is available at an affordable price.


“The new hotel is designed for those who need a short rest and do not want to overpay for unnecessary services and extra time,” said the hotel’s director, Zemfira Yunusova.