Uh oh. Shanghai’s first capsule hotel has been stopped from officially opening for business “due to fire safety and security concerns”. Officers inspecting the hotel have said there is a fire risk because of the high density of people expected in the 300 square metre, 68-capsule hotel, said Xia Quangen, owner of the property, to Shanghai Daily.
Sounds like a fair argument, but said officers then went on to say guests are vulnerable to thieves because each capsule only has a curtain to ‘lock’ customers on the inside. If you ask me, this sounds like an odd thing for the police to be concerned about — don’t capsules offer budget travellers way more personal protection than youth hostels that pack four to 12 people in each dormitory?
Let’s hope Xia will soon find the right police officers to pay off and get down to business.