Switzerland’s first-ever ‘capsule hotel’ opens (again)

Switzerland’s first-ever 'capsule hotel’ opens (again)
Photo: The 'relax capsule'. Photo: Hirschengraben Coworking + Innovation
The first Japanese-style capsule hotel in Switzerland made headlines twice towards the end of last year – first when it opened and then again a week later when it was forced to closed its doors.

The hotel in Lucerne, which promised to make Switzerland “affordable for everyone” with prices ranging from just 38 to 76 Swiss francs (€34–€68) a night, was shut down after local authorities said it didn't have the necessary permits.

On Monday, however, the futuristic establishment opened again with operators Hirschengraben Coworking + Innovation saying all paperwork was now in order.

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The hotel's pods come with free wi-fi, USB charging stations and private lockers. The establishment is also offering women’s-only capsules and a premium version with a larger bed and enough room to stand.

Co-founder Johannes Imholz told Swiss news site 20 Minuten that there have been plenty of bookings since the re-opening was announced.

He said that expansion was now possible.

The Lucerne business model could be used for other locations in Switzerland, he added

According to operators, part of the profits from the pods will go towards funding young entrepreneurs.

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