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Pod hotel pilot unanimously approved by Vancouver City Council

By Vaseline May30,2024
Pod hotel pilot unanimously approved by Vancouver City Council

Vancouver City Council has voted to move forward with a pilot project exploring capsule hotels in the city.

Councilors Sarah Kirby-Yung and Lisa Dominato introduced a motion calling on the city to find ways to convert vacant office space into capsule hotels. This motion was adopted unanimously on Wednesday.

On Friday, Kirby-Yung told CityNews that capsule hotels do not offer full rooms, but instead offer sleeping pods at a much lower cost than traditional hotels.

“You get a great bed for the night. You have access to shared facilities, but individual use for showers, toilets, etc. You still have services like the restaurant, but it offers a much cheaper option than we have in Vancouver today.”

In addition to affordability, she believes, the city would also benefit from using the empty space in the city center.

“We have a higher commercial office vacancy rate than Vancouver has seen in a long time. We are reaching a high of 14 percent – ​​where it used to be about two percent,” said Kirby-Yung.

A tourism and hospitality industry professional called into the Council meeting to share her support for the motion, saying it will “boost entrepreneurship” in Vancouver.

The municipality has not yet set a timetable for the pilot project.

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