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India’s first ‘Pod hotel’ comes up in suburban Andheri; check out the one-of-its-kind features

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Thu May 04 2017, 12:16 pm
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    New-age travellers visiting Mumbai and its suburbs can now enjoy a stay in a unique place - Urbanpod. And no, it is not pricey! The 'Pod hotel' offers rooms at affordable rates. This is India's first Pod hotel and its facility has come up in suburban Andheri consisting of 140 units. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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    The initial investment was done by three promoters, and for expansion, the company is open for investments from venture funds, a top official said. "With an investment of Rs 5-15 crore per hotel depending on the locality, we are looking at an average of Rs 10-20 crore investment over the next three years," Urbanpod Co-founder and Director Hiren Gandhi told PTI here. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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    With an average price of Rs 2,000 per night, the individual pods are built in between 50 square feet and 90 sq ft space with self-contained and technologically-superior interiors, besides a separate individual-locker facility for luggage, he added. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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    These smart hotels for Gen Next, provide lodging made up of small pod rooms that fit-in only necessary amenities. Each Pod comes with a bed, personal locker with secure key card access, TV with headphone, personal reading light, power socket, hangers, a dresser, free Wi-Fi, adjustable air-conditioning facility, air-purifier and sliding door with locking-facility for added privacy. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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    With no individual bathrooms, on an average there is a shared facility for every 8 pods, Gandhi said. "Our main target segment will be people from 18-50 years, who are students, entry level executives, pilgrims among others who are looking for affordable, hygienic and safe accommodation," he said. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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    Gandhi said, with the tourism and hospitality industry emerging as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India, there has been an increasing sub-segment within the leisure category including single-travellers, transit travellers, backpackers and group travellers of all kinds, who are looking to explore and experiment to optimise their spends wisely. "For expansion, we are looking at large cities and at cities with large footfalls," he added. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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