First introduced in Japan, tube hotels are gaining popularity in Malaysia. Deputy Features & Lifestyle Editor, Vasenta Selvanayagam, reveals why she wouldn’t mind staying in one when she’s on vacation.
The first thing that a friend mentioned when I brought up the topic of staying in a tube hotel in Langkawi was: “They are so small! Why not use the same money to get a decent room?” No doubt, tube hotels aren’t as cheap as I thought they would be but it was more of the experience that I was looking forward to instead of the comfort. Here are three things I’ve since discovered about the pods and why I’d always go back to one.
The size is just right
No doubt most of us love normal hotel rooms because of the facilities that make us feel comfortable. But I always end up having a hard time dozing off, especially when I’m alone in a big room. At the very sound of a footstep (that might have come from the TV that’s always turned on!) or the sound of something falling outside the room, my sleep is broken, and at the end of the day, I end up not being able to get the rest I need. Container Hotel (containerhotel.my) in Ipoh, Perak, is a tube hotel with different pod (room) sizes for you to choose from. If I’m going to be travelling alone, then I’d definitely go for the single pod as it has less walls and comes with all the basic amenities I need to feel comfortable.
You’ve got more to see
Nature is my kind of thing and I must admit if I’m on holiday, I’d love to see something more than just tall buildings. One of the nicest tube hotels in Malaysia that gives you this advantage is Tubotel (tubotel.com) located in Pantai Cenang on Langkawi Island. If you feel confined in the pod, you can hang out at the garden, in front of the sea, on the deck, etc. Plus point: the pods are painted in vibrant colours for that added interest.
The experience is unique
As most tube hotels are run on a small scale, I like the fact that the people running them give their all to make sure their guests have a memorable stay. Time Capsule Retreat (timecapsuleretreat.wixsite.com) in Sungai Lembing, Pahang, is one of them. It is a privately-owned retreat and according to the reviews of the place on tripadvisor.com.my, the host even gave his visitors tips on local food and organised activities. Personally, I would visit this place as it gives me a chance to meet people, learn more about things I never knew before and make new friends.