Pioneering a new segment of smart hotels, catching up with global hospitality-trends, the Pod-concept is a GenNext, futuristic, SMART accommodation at a convenient-cost, and a great arena to network besides offering a unique experience!
Urbanpod at Andheri SEEPZ, Mumbai, the first-of-its-kind Pod Hotel in India catering to the new-age travelers is modern, stylish and minimalistic. It offers good-value without compromising on comfort, quality and feel; the Pod-theme makes it a great place to network!
Perfect for anyone seeking luxury-accommodation on a budget, Urbanpod is strategically-located in the heart of Mumbai’s business-hub and close to the domestic and International airports. It offers 140-Pods with various upgrades – Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for men and an exclusive Ladies-only-Pod categories.
Renowned Singapore-based architectural firm,Formwerkz has designed the project.Hiren Gandhi, (co-founder & director, Urbanpod) said, “The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. New-age travelers look forward to places that are— affordable, hygienic and provide safe accommodation at a centrally-located place with good internet connectivity and Urbanpod provides just the right-mix!”
The sleek Individual Pods are self-contained with modern, technologically-superior interiors. Each Pod comes with a cosy bed/ bed cover, personal locker with secure keycard access, Plasma TV (with headphone facility), personal reading light, power socket, hangers, a dresser, free Wi-Fi, adjustable air-conditioning facility, air-purifier and a sliding door (shutter) with locking-facility for added privacy. Each Pod also has a smoke detector and a fire-extinguisher as a safety measure.
Guest’s luggage is stored in a separate individual-locker facility so you can be carefree! The non-attached bathroom suites are separate-facilities that are contemporary.The chic Cafeteria is also a great place to laze around and read a book, network and make new friends from around the globe while having a complimentary breakfast! 24-hour Pod service, laundry & office services are also available as added benefits.
During a business trip to Singapore, Shalabh Mittal and Hiren Gandhi chanced upon this idea, during their stay at one of the most elegant Pod Hotel and absolutely loved the experience! They decided to bring the concept to India along with their Singapore-partner, Berlin Lee who brings in experience in terms of running Pods in Singapore, Interiors & design and International best practices and standards.
With the changing global dynamics, Pod Hotels are not just a global-trend and a credible business-model but also there is a growing necessity for such spaces in India. With the growing per capita income and the changing lifestyle, the urban Indian is ready to travel more than ever: the sub-segments within the leisure category i.e. single-travelers, backpackers, group travelers, spiritual-groups, explorers, researchers, study-tour, cultural-exchange groups etc., are only growing!
The promoters envision taking the concept and brand pan-India and have other offshoot formats in mind too. Cheap and chic, this one will cost you one-third of what you would pay elsewhere!