Urbanpod Mumbai Introduces Japan’s Capsule Hotel Culture in India

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I arrived in Mumbai on a hot March afternoon. The taxi driver told me that the summers have just started. I hired an Uber from Lokmanya Tilak Railway Station and left for Andheri East. In the first 15 minutes after I stepped out of the railway station, booked my cab and the driver arrived, I was already drenched in sweat.

Honestly I was not disappointed.


I needed a bath, probably a comforting sleep and some privacy so that I could work in peace. Considering this, I had made my bookings at one of the most unique places where I was sure that no one will disturb me.

Urbanpod is an attempt to bring the pod hotel culture in India. These hotels are a big hit in Japan and Korea. A version of it is now operating in Mumbai and is already getting rave reviews.


Urbanpod speaks of luxury and comfort from the moment you step in. The staff writes down your credentials, provides you a key card which in return provides you access to your locker, shoe rack and the pod.

The pod itself has a number of inbult features and makes you feel as if you are inside a rocket ship (I have never been inside a rocket so I assume that it looks something like this.)

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You can make avail of two types of pods, the private and the shared ones. The shared one is like a hostel and there are 6 -8 pods inside one room. Each pod has its own locking feature and is specious enough to have multiple charging points, flatscreen TV, headphones, telephone for room service, and switches to dim/increase the light.

The bed was so comforting and spacious that I will not lie if I say that I had the best sleep of my life.

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I didn’t see the private pod but I assume that it was bigger than the shared pod room.

Talking about the washrooms, the management has made sure that there is no need to make lines the way backpacker hostels do. About 10 toilets and the same number of washrooms provide the best personalized experience to the visitors.

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Your booking at Urbanpod comes with the inclusion of a breakfast. Hotels in Mumbai charge INR 800 for a night stay and there is no breakfast included. Urbanpod charges INR 1000 for a night + taxes and provides you a selection of a huge breakfast buffet.

Urbanpod hotel mumbai

Urbanpod mumbai

As a traveller, I didn’t only find staying at a pod hotel a unique experience but it was also comforting and private. Apart from the amenities, the service and professionalism is also on the level of luxury boutique hotels.  Urbanpod is perfect for backpackers with a slightly higher budget, corporate employees on a day visit to the city or visitors who wish to explore Mumbai. With Urbanpod, luxury and privacy come easy without burning a huge hole in your pocket.

Note: The bookings for Urbanpod can be made through its website. Platforms like Booking.com charge their own taxes that make you pay INR 200 extra. You can also walk in and get your booking done. There are enough pods and enough rooms to handle walk-in guests.

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  1. George Chennai

    Urbanpod with Indian Rupee 1000 (plus taxes) per night in Mumbai is amazingly cheaper than many a hotels. Thank you very much for this informative article. I never knew of Urbanpod at Mumbai.

  2. Milijana

    Good to know that there are enough rooms and there’s no need to book the room in advance. I am aware that platforms like Booking.com charge their own taxes, so I prefer to risk a bit and just to walk in.
    You know the saying: No risk, no profit. 😉

    1. ansh997x

      you can always call the hotel and ask in advance.

  3. Alexander Popkov

    Not sure I like the capsule hotel culture. Often, you find capsules in the places, where land is expensive and the price there is quite expensive. Maybe it is just a habit, but I prefer having space over my head.

  4. prabhu

    glad to read the hotel review, next week me too going there and try to book the same hotel. Thanks for sharing good review about the hotel.

  5. Wow, I’m happy to know that there’s already a urbanpod kind of accomodation in Mumbai, which I first heard about it in Japan when my friend told me. I love how unique this place is, and perfectly designed for travelers that loves to explore something new. The fact that the pod itself has a number of inbuilt features and makes you feel as if you are in a rocket ship is really amazing. I can’t wait to experience this soon. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    1. ansh997x

      It is not that old and the concept is surely catching up.

  6. Everything On A Plate

    This is so interesting! We live in Mumbai and had no idea. We have read about the concept. We are definitely going to check it out.

    1. ansh997x

      Do it. They have a really nice restaurant too,.

  7. FlySoulmates

    There is 1 Hostel in Poland, which provide also capsules to sleep! Nice post!

    1. ansh997x

      I would love to visit Poland and stay there.

  8. panushwari

    I am actually seriously considering checking into one of these the next time I am in Mumbai. Very cool concept and I love the price too!

    1. ansh997x

      The price is really okay compared to what hostels in Mumbai charge without breakfast.

    1. ansh997x

      It is amazing and really comfortable.

  9. julivaglobal

    This is really nice that both cultures can be shared like this.

  10. Jerri

    This is interesting and very different. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Grumpy Nympha

    This sounds cool for traveling on a budget also, I didn’t know about Mumbai but this is so good.

    1. ansh997x

      You should certainly try now that you do.

  12. Oh Boy, I have mixed feelings about this place. I feel it may be too confined for me and yet may also be cosy. Hmm, who knows I may step outta my comfort zone and put it on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing though


    1. ansh997x

      you should certainly try unless you are claustrophobic .

  13. This is so interesting, I had no idea that this existed! Sounds like a really cool place to visit

    1. ansh997x

      It certainly is. Thanks for dropping by.

  14. Novel Blondes

    I think I’d be claustrophobic! I don’t want to feel like I”m in a capsule!!

  15. Mily

    Your images are amazing…. This trip sounds very interesting. Great post.

  16. Jared Grant

    Thank you for sharing. This is very interesting. I’m in the US and I’ve never seen those. I would definitely stay at one.

  17. Bhushavali

    Though this concept is really fascinating and its a boon for business and budget travelers, I’d get freaked of claustrophobia in such a set-up!!!
    Haha! I can understand your comparison to a rocket. I felt like flight cockpit! Indeed it looks very futuristic.

    1. ansh997x

      It does and I would not recommend it to people with claustrophobic issues.

  18. Yukti

    Good Mumbai too now have Urbanpod types of stay just like Japan and Korea. This kind of stays are good for solo or regular travelers. INR1000 sounds cheap for 1 night stay. Will refer this to my solo traveler friends.

  19. Traveling Morion

    This kind of accommodation is just perfect for budget travellers and backpackers!