Russia: Capsule hotel opens in Yekaterinburg for thrifty footy fans

A capsule hotel opened its hatches in Yekaterinburg to football fans looking to attend the World Cup on a budget, as shown in footage shot on Monday. Demand for accommodation in the World Cup host cities has pushed prices through the roof, but with pods costing as little as 900 roubles (€12; $14.50), the owner of the hotel is looking to carve out a niche in budget accommodation. “If a place... Еще in an eight-bed room in a hostel costs from 500 roubles, we have a capsule that costs from 900 roubles. But for 900 roubles, a client gets an isolated room with their own microclimate and lighting,” Hotel Director Lilia Derbach said. “There are not so many capsule hotels in Russia. Actually in our country there are only two capsule hotels of this kind, in Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg,” she added. The hotel contains 12 pods, four of which are twin. The hotel has showers and a dining hall. The number of pods is expected to increase to 20 for the World Cup, which begins on June 14.

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