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Pod Central – a new concept in affordable capsule hotel accommodation due to open in St Leonards-on-Sea in May 2020

Building work is underway for Pod Central in Silchester Road, St Leonards-on-Sea in close proximity to the station. This will be a new concept in affordable capsule hotel accommodation, due to open in May 2020, with rooms at £30 per night.

The Japanese-inspired capsule hotel concept is now coming to Sussex. Each ‘pod’ or room is equipped with clean bedding, a reading light and complimentary earplugs. There will be a total of 16 ‘pods’ stacked in pairs. Plugs and USB ports as well as free wi fi will be provided. Shared bathroom facilities will include showers and hair dryers and towels will be complimentary.

Bryan O’Lynn, managing director, Pod Central, says “This is something completely new for the area, offering budget accommodation for young people, students, single parents, retired people – anyone looking for ‘no frills’ accommodation in a central location, whether for work, study or tourism. We want to keep it as local as possible so are using suppliers in the area.”

Crucially, Pod Central is an energy-saving development as the ‘pods’ are low energy and underfloor heating brings down the running costs. Other eco-friendly measures include LED lighting, motion sensor lighting, as well as eco-friendly toiletries and recyclable bins.

Pod Central, located in a conservation area, is in a prime position, close to cafes and restaurants, the beach, as well as tourist attractions in Hastings such as Hastings Castle, Bodiam Castle and the Old Town. It is well placed for visitors to local events such as next year’s Hastings Reggae Festival on August 1, 2020.

Plans for the future include opening 20 more Pod Central developments in the next five years in key cities such as Liverpool, Bristol, Plymouth and Manchester, all located near stations.

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