A couple of months ago I visited Hong Kong for the very first time. It has been somewhat overwhelming for someone like me, who grew up in a tiny village and has chosen to live the small town life, for the most part at least. I have been to plenty of 5+ Million people cities before, but nothing has been quite as impressive as Hong Kong, the sheer density of high rise buildings and people on the street has had no match in the cities I’ve been to before.
It was a good idea then for me to book a stay in Hong Kong’s latest addition to the novelty hotel scene, the SLEEEP capsule hotel. What was an accident after days and weeks of research on hotel booking sites and evaluating prices, distances to sights and ratings turned out to be a godsend, as the hotel delivers what the name promises: Sleeep, and plenty of it, in a quiet and serenely blackened out setting, drowning out the relentless noise backdrop of Hong Kong’s Central area.
The only real hurdle with SLEEEP is to find its location, as it is halfway up a fairly steep (steeep?) set of stairs, hidden in a small entryway.Once you are there though you are welcomed by the owners themselves, which is both a sign of their hospitality and the fact that your stay is supporting a new small business venture, which is always a plus. On the first inspection of the
Once you are there though you are welcomed by the owners themselves, which is both a sign of their hospitality and the fact that your stay is supporting a new small business venture, which is always a plus. On the first inspection of the place, I noticed the modern interior and the environmentally friendly water heating systems as the most positive features of the place, followed closely by the super comfortable memory foam mattress and pillows and the welcoming staff. The water from the showers is heated by the residual heat of the air conditioning. The complimentary toiletries have been sourced from a local indie brand. There is a clean water dispenser where you can refill your water bottles for free.
But the best part of it: apart from the occasional stir when people move in/out or go to the bathroom, the place is a haven of silence. You close the main door behind you, climb into your capsule, close the black heavy felt curtain and you are in your own little world. I have had a few chats with the founders of the hotel, who explained that from experience Hong Kongers get little to no sleep due to their fast-paced work and social lives, and the sheer density of the place with all of its people, cars, noises and neon lights prevents them from a good night’s rest when they actually do make it into bed. That’s why Sleeep wanted to provide a place where all kinds of people can come to recharge, right in the centre of the city. This is why they are open for bookings by the hour, and more than a few of their guests stay for just a lunch time nap. However, you can stay for a longer period of time if you are a tourist who enjoys the busy bustle of the city for exploring, but wants to shut it out overnight.