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India gets its first ‘Pod Hotel’ – Urbanpod


Mumbai played host to its first ‘Pod Hotel’ with the launch of UrbanPod in the Andheri East area.

The new property caters to today’s new traveller traversing both business and leisure. Guests can look forward to ‘Smart’ options with good value on comfort and quality.

The hotel offers 140-Pods  with  various upgrades – Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for men& an exclusive Ladies-only, Pod categories. The Pods are beautifully-arranged side-by-side and one-upward to form elegant-arrays. The Suite-Pod category is suitable for couples; the Private Pods have more room and the exclusive Ladies Pods offers added safety and privacy.

Hiren Gandhi, co-founder and director, Urbanpod explains: “Apart from business travellers, the increasing sub-segments within the leisure category include single-travellers, transit travellers, backpackers and group travellers of all kinds, looking to explore and experiment. They are looking for options to optimize spends rather wisely.”

The new concept is apt for the new- age travellers who are passionate, bold and are not afraid to experiment and explore.

The individual bathroom areas

The Individual Pods are self-contained and comes with a bed/ bed cover, personal locker with secure keycard access, Plasma TV (with headphone facility), personal reading light, power socket, hangers, a Dresser (Wall mirror), 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.

For luggage storage, there is a separate individual-locker facility. The non- attached bathroom suites are also separate-facilities. Additional facilities include a Cafeteria that offers complimentary breakfast, 24-hour Pod service, laundry and office services.

Brief Overview (IN A BOX)

Number of Pods – 140

Pod Types:

  • Classic Pods:
    • Exclusive Ladies Pod – 18
    • Classic Men’s Pod – 106
  • Private Pods – 6
  • Suite Pods – 10 (2 persons per pod)


  • Individual Cabinets with locker facilities (in the shared room): to store luggage
  • Lobby Area – sofa set with side table, plug point to charge laptop and phones
  • Cafeteria – Buffet complimentary breakfast for guests
    • Availability of packaged meals, snacks and beverages all day
    • Two compact work stations

Non-attached Washroom facility:

  • Exclusive Ladies Pod has 3 full-washroom facility
  • Other – 20 washroom facilities in total

Phone facility

24-hour Pod service, laundry and office services are also available as added benefits