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Brooks Wilson's Economics Blog: Pod Hotels

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pod Hotels

Innovation is an important function of entrepreneurs.  With hotel rooms in New York averaging $260 per night, pod hotels are opening.  The rooms are small, 50 square feet, and inexpensive, $100 per night for a room with a bed and $125 per night for a room with a bed and a bunk.  Pod hotels have been successful in Tokyo and cities in Europe.  Will they make it in the United States? To learn more, read “Pod hotels in a bid to take New York by storm.”

10 comments:

  1. I personally don't think these Pod Hotels could make it in many places in the United States outside of New York City. The saying "Everything's Bigger In Texas" is because Texans like big things. From houses to cars to other items, the bigger the better. I personally would not want to stay in a room that is a mere 50 square feet. I would feel trapped. Maybe this is one reason why I don't plan to ever take a cruise! I think entrepreneurs may be on to something for the very urban, populated areas, but not all across the US.
    ~Suzanne Goff

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  2. I feel like these pod hotels could be very successful in large tourist cities. In the bigger cities, when tourits come to visit, they spend most of their time sight-seeing or participating in other activities, not lounging in their rooms. I don't think they would be successful here or in other places where, for instance, the weather is bad or unpredictable, and could possibly confine a visitor to his or her room. I do feel like many people would feel confined in these small spaces, and I personally would not like to stay in one. But again, in places where people are only visiting and simply need a place to sleep and shower, the pod hotels have the potential to be successful. --Brandi Armstrong

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  3. The pod hotels seem like a good and profitable idea for the big cities like New York. I believe they will do good because compared to the prices for hotels in New York that is a pretty good deal. In smaller less urbanized cities they wont do that well because the prices for hotels may be less and people would rather have full sized beds than a twin bed if they can.To me pod hotels are like staying on a friends couch for the night. So as long as all people need is a place to crash for the night the pod hotels will do good in America.~Kimberly Farias

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  4. Sarah Matthijetz3/10/10 7:38 PM

    I believe that Pod Hotels could make it in the United States especially now with the economy in the shape that is. Citizens are becoming less concerned with luxury items and more concerned with saving a dollar. I do think that these hotels should be in high traffic vacation areas, because obviously these are the locations where hotel prices are more. So most likely these pods will make it to America and they will successful if placed accordingly. -Sarah Matthijetz

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  5. I think this idea is great! I have never been to NYC, mainly because the cost is so much. To know that there may be other options for hotel stay that are more affordable gives more middle class people hope to be able to visit NYC. Sacrificing space does not seem like an issue when you are visiting a fast paced city like this, knowing that while you are there you will be out in the city, not sitting in your hotel. This gives me hope that maybe one day I will be able to visit NYC! -Nicole Rodriguez

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  6. I think the pod hotels will work in these larger cities since the cost of living is higher than other smaller cities, it could save tourist some money. And even though it might not be the most luxurious place in the world, but its only for the nights you're visiting, plus it gives you more money to spend on your tour.~Belinda Varela

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  7. I think this would be a great idea. Especially in a large touristy city. Using technological knowledge within starting a business like this one in New York or whatever city, would show how we would use and how we would produce this good and the services provided for others.

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  8. Jessica Sawyer2/11/10 9:30 PM

    I think it would be a great idea to have these pod hotels. In larger cities, everything seems to be more expensive, so many people would like to be able to save some money on a hotel room and put more aside for other activities. There are a few exceptions, but most people don't go out of town for a grand hotel. They want to see family, the city, attractions, not a great paint job, or some really comfortable beds.

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  9. Johnathan Gidney15/12/10 9:10 PM

    I don't believe these hotels would make it in New York City. They wouldn't make enough money to even pay their taxes on the pods. Even with a lot of pod's that's still cost a lot of money when you start including the constuction laws to past the american inspections.

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  10. For those lucky enough to be traveling to NYC, I would recommend any of the boutique hotels by Grandlife hotels - they are quite lovely.

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