Capsule hotel, an accommodation type popular in Japan that features bed-sized rooms stacked side-by-side and usually two units high, is now present in Metro Manila.
Dormitos, said to be the first Japanese-style capsule hotel/dormitory (or dormitel) in the Philippines, brings this concept to Cubao, Quezon City. Dormitos reportedly opened in January 2019.
While capsule or pod hotels are popular with backpackers and solo travelers who prefer convenience and affordability over spacious rooms and fancy amenities, Dormitos’ location in Quezon City allows it taps into the “employee” market, as in BPO agents and others who work in the area.
It also provides a viable “halfway home” for those who live far from work or can’t go home because it’s late, among other reasons.
Dormitos’ pods feature futuristic design. Each unit is secured with a sliding door that can be accessed using a key card. Inside the private pod is a bed with cotton sheets, mood lights (that can be adjusted), reading light, a mini vault (for small valuables like cellular phones or wallets), a charging station, and a smoke detector. Password to complimentary Wi-Fi is given to guests upon check-in.
Guests can adjust the air fan in the pod using a knob. A mini folding table is also available.
Dormitos has a total of 100 8ft x 4ft pods, separated in two areas: 40 pods for male and 60 for female.
Each guest will be given a key to a locker that can fit small luggage. Towel and toiletries are also included, which they can use at the common shower area and comfort room.
Shoe racks are also provided as footwear worn outside are not allowed inside the pods. Excessive noise and eating are also strictly prohibited, but guests can dine at the pantry located on the third floor or at the convenience store on the first floor.
A DIY laundry is also available on the second floor; also soon to open are a coffee shop, spa, and salon.
Introductory rate for daily stay is P800, while the monthly rate for long-term guests is P8,000. Dormitos is located at 115 Harvard St., Cubao, Quezon City.
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