MALAYSIA. Container Hotel Group (CHG), which operates small “pit-stop” hotels made from shipping containers installed in airports and urban areas, has developed a new “napping facility pod”, including ensuite facilities, as part of a planned expansion for the business.

The product, Interstellar, is built from prefabricated modules in a diamond-shape design, allowing the pods to be assembled in small areas and using space very efficiently, according to CHG.

Interstellar is the latest design from Containers Hotels Group. The modular system allows airports to install a large number of rooms in a small space.

The pods can reportedly be assembled in days. Travellers use their smartphones to book, check in and unlock the rooms, whose sensors automatically notify the housekeeping team after checkout.

Pod-casting: Airport operators will be able to arrange the pods in the configuration best suited to the location.

The pods can be fitted out for sleeping or as large or small “hydro pods” featuring lavatories and showers.

Cut diamond: The pods’ shape allows them to be assembled in different ways, offering airports flexibility.

CEO and Co-Founder Ryan Loo told The Moodie Davitt Report that he and business partner Vincent Tan are now looking for new airports in which to install the pods.

‘Stellar pods’ are designed for sleeping in, while ‘hydro pods’ allow for larger or smaller washing facilities.

The duo launched their first container hotel in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

The following year, they launched Capsule by Container Hotel in Terminal 2 of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Capsule Transit now operates in an 8,000sq ft space at the airport, offering 204 pods that serve more than 5,000 travellers per month, said CHG.

The ‘pit-stop’ pods allow travellers to rest and refresh themselves between flights.

Container Hotel serves city travellers in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, with plans for further expansion into Southeast Asia.

Cocomomo is an “urban pets hotel” in Kuala Lumpur where cats and dogs can experience an “indoor spa”, swimming pool and grooming facilities. It also offers kennelling and cattery services.

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