“The famous Japanese concept of space & cost saving capsule shape sleeping mini pods retiring rooms is here in Mumbai.
The first pod hotel was started in Andheri and now the very concept is here at Mumbai Central Railway station’s first-floor area.
The year 2022, is IRCTC’s first cheap and budget-friendly Urbanpod capsule hotel, and similar services & hotel facilities are planned at other stations too in the future, Depending on the success of this one.
One can book these Hi-Tech pods for 12 or 24 hours and enjoy Mumbai tours.
Step by step, let us understand the terms, facilities, costing, classic, private & ladies pods details and booking options too.”
IMPORTANT !! : A valid railway journey ticket is required to book these pods. Platform ticket is considered invalid.
IRCTC’s Urbanpod Pictures
Before anything, let us take the feel of this capsule shape hotel stay option at Mumbai central to keep you interested.
Detailed photos of inside pod area, Bed, WIFI & Various other facilities, Washrooms, Digital Lockers, etc of these retiring rooms are below.
Hotel Facilities as of 2022
So what one gets inside the little room & some more details? below are the details of the same.
- Private digital access card for Shoe locker, Baggage & Luggage lockers and pod room door access.
- 2 Air Condition vents. Temperature indicators also available. One can increase & decrease as required.
- Smoke Sensor, Since no smoking zone inside.
- Mini Fire Extinguisher.
- Mini Locker for valuables.
- Reading Lights that can be controlled.
- Do Not Disturb Indicator.
- Pod roof mounted TV with Remote, Headphone Voice only.
- Mirror & Ceiling lights low to high and vice versa option.
- A Digital Watch with Alarm facility.
- USB point.
- Access Card Holder.
- 220v Mobile Charging Point (Indian Socket).
- Headphone Point.
- Door lock Button.
- Special changing area with mirror (Curtain seperated) in ladies pod section.
- CCTV cameras outside pods.
- 1 Seperate room (NON CAPSULE POD) for handicapped & physically challanged.
- Classy & Soothing Interior.
- Free WIFI.
- Individual Washrooms (Common for ladies & gents) with facilities as seen in picture. Common washrooms for Private & Classic customers.
- Large Common lobby area for relaxing and chitchat etc which is centrally Air conditioned and have seating facilities.
Urbanpod Hotel Details
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC’s) first hotel project, The URBANPOD is totally managed and contracted to M/s Urban Pod Pvt Ltd as of the year 2022.
Located exactly above the common waiting area of Mumbai Central station platform, On the First floor, this cheap by-the-pocket yet classy hotel has all basic stay facilities.
It is a 3000 square feet area that consists of a total of 48 pods with centrally AC and individual AC vents inside the room.
For all those who are unaware of the POD concept, It is a capsule-shaped sleeping/seating area with all basic facilities as detailed above for a single person only.
It can be booked for 12 hours to overnight stay and is a budget stay option in Mumbai. A Japanese concept design tends to be limited space usable area per person with major basic facilities.
Basically, a Budget stays option in Mumbai, That too on railway station itself.
One does not need to carry all luggage and hunt for taxis and Hotels (If not booked). Saving extra travel costs & travel time from the railway station to your booked hotel outside.
In total 48 pods, 10 are Private Pods, 7 for Ladies only & 1 room (Not Pod) for differently-abled / Physically challenged person.
Non-Private pods are called ‘Classic Pods’ (A total of 30) and booking for the same can be done online at IRCTC’s website & offline too.
Once you confirm your booking, You will receive a Digital card that can be used to access your POD numbered Shoe locker, Luggage / Baggage Locker & to Open & Close pod doors.
Shoes, Food & Smoking are strictly not allowed inside the premises, pods & common lobby area. A separate locker for your shoes is available next to the reception area.
A mini locker is also available inside the capsule pod for all your valuables. All the lockers are digital and can only be accessed by that particular card which makes this hotel very secure.
The difference between classic & private pods is the extra space outside the capsule to keep luggage or if one needs to keep the pod door open and feel like more space.
Ladies’ pods (Total 7) are made in a separate section with all 7 pods adjacent to each other. A common curtain separates changing area with a mirror.
CCTV cameras are available in all common areas including ladies. Ladies’ pods are perfectly designed and suitable for groups of ladies coming together.
Here Pods are facing each other and the Luggage & Changing area in common. Perfect for a little group chitchat before sleeping.
5 Individual Washrooms (See picture) is a built-in separate area that is common for private & classic customers. Only the ladies’ washroom area is separate. The handicap room has a modified washroom attached.
Pod Hotel Booking & Costing
Please Note : Pricing detailed below may change from time to time, Including TAX.
Any Indian Railway traveller can book Classic, Private & Ladies pods Online at IRCTC’s website & can also do the walk-in booking (Offline). A valid travel ticket is a must for any type of booking.
As of January 2022, Classic pods are charged (Rs.799) for 12 Hours stay & Rs.1099 for 24 Hours.