Leading on from successful outlets in Jakarta airport, the Capsule Hotel company PassGo has officially opened its doors to the public at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International. The 132-bed venue can be found at International Terminal, Level 2.
The opening event of the PassGo-Digital Airport Hotel Bali was attended by key figures from the airport and PassGo. The event was hosted on Wednesday, 19th October. The President Director of Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, accompanied by the President Director of Angkasa Pura Hotels, Imron Qodari, were all in attendance.
Speaking to the media, Fahmi welcomed the new development to the airport. ‘PassGo is a transit point for tourists or business people waiting for their next flight without having to leave the airport. All needs can be met, on the 3rd floor guests can shop and enjoy food from a number of restaurants’.
Capsule Hotels first became popular in cities like Tokyo in Japan, offering guests a minimalist and affordable accommodation option. The space-saving hotel design is also found in airports worldwide, including Kuala Lumpur. The capsule hotel in Kuala Lumpur airport is regularly visited by international residents and long-term visitors in Bali who nip to Malaysia for a visa run.
The PassGo-Digital Airport Hotel Bali has a super modern design and has been built to a high spec. There are dozens of digital features that offer guests a seamless experience while on the move. Each room, or capsule, comes with a cable TV, headphones, and futuristic lights to set the mood. While there is little room to change clothes, unpack or store luggage in a capsule, there are plenty of lockers available to store belongings. The lockers are adjacent to the bathrooms, again for the convenience of travelers seeking a practical and affordable place to get some shut-eye.
Just like most airport hotels, PassGo-Digital Airport Hotel Bali offers room rates based on the hour rather than the night. Though full-day room rates are available, rates are generally catered towards a 6 or 9-hour stay.
At the launch event, Richard Josano, the Director of PassGo-Digital Airport Hotel, told reporters, ‘the duration is flexible according to the needs of guests, the price is affordable, and there is currently an opening promo’. Room rates start at IDR 260,000 for a 6-hour stay, rising up to IDR 325,000 for a full day. Stays can be booked in advance, or walk-ins are accepted, subject to room availability.
With delays and flight cancellations a regular feature for travelers from Bali Airport in the last few months, the new capsule hotel will offer a level of comfort and affordability for travelers whose plans change at the last minute. In late September and early October, Australia’s budget airline JetStar canceled dozens of flights and rescheduled dozens more from Bali, citing operational issues.
The situation left thousands of holidaymakers and travelers stranded in Bali long after they had checked out from their accommodations. The capsule hotel is a well-timed initiative for the development of the airport. While the Indonesian airport agency Angkasa Pura works hard to have smooth running operations across their airports, sometimes unexpected travel delays occur. An on-site hotel offering travelers a place to rest and refresh will surely be a popular option.
While Bali Airport has vowed to ensure that the upcoming G20 Summit will not impact travel for commercial travelers, there is a chance that the arrival of heads of state and government from the world’s twenty biggest economies may have an impact on Bali Airport’s operations.
Last week Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, told reporters that his organizing committee was looking into options to park leader’s private jets on neighboring islands like Lombok and Java due to lack of space at Bali Airport.
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