A eco and budget-friendly capsule ‘hotel', for travellers who want to immerse themselves in everything cool and creative St. Leonards-on-Sea has to offer.
Pod Central is the brainchild of entrepreneur Mia, who felt inspired by the eco-friendly capsule hotels in Japan.
With the aim of providing inexpensive, ‘no frills' accommodation in St. Leonards-on-Sea, an old grocery store was transformed into Pod Central, comprising 16 affordable pods stacked in pairs.
Eco-friendliness is a priority, so each low energy pod boasts motion-sensor LED lighting, as well as eco flooring with underfloor heating and eco-toiletries.
Of course, you'll be snuggling up in comfortable bedding - a good night's sleep is essential when you're travelling, after all! - along with earplugs, free Wi-Fi, a laptop shelf, plug sockets and USB ports.
Oh, and you'll also have your own storage locker, to keep your valuables nice and secure while you're out exploring the area.
Pod Central is also home to three communal, sparkling-clean shower rooms with piping hot water, and a stack of complimentary towels.
Accommodation taken care of, you'll be spoilt for choice of ways to spend your time. Pod Central is conveniently located in a conservation area, where you'll find plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Along with the beach, tourist attractions include Hastings Pier, Hastings Castle, Hastings Old Town, and Bexhill's famous De La Warr Pavilion. Pictured from left to right: Hasting Castle Arch; Battle; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (third and fourth picture); Camber Sands; Hastings Beach; Hastings Castle ruin; Hastings Pier.
Visit art galleries and take part in one of the many festivals taking place in the area throughout the year.
Mia has also pledged to support the local community through Pod Central, working with local charities and donating to the annual Christmas Lights campaign.
Things to note
Check in between 3pm - 6pm, check out by 11am the next day. Pod Central is conveniently located near St Leonard's Warrior Square railway station, just a few minutes' walk away.
Image credits: Jonny Thompson | Georgie Scott | 1066 Country
Region: St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex
Cost (from): £30 per night
Sleeps: 1 per pod
Bedrooms: 16 pods
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1865
FacilitiesBudget-friendly capsule hotel with 16 pods.
Interior: inside lock, mattress, sheet, quilt, pillow, headrest and footrest, reading light, ear plugs, laptop/tablet shelf, illuminated mirror, air fan. Separate storage locker.
Facilities: 3 communal shower rooms/toilets with heated mirrors, towels, shower gel, conditioner, shampoo, wall hairdryers.
Walking, beaches, pier, promenade, galleries, independent shops, festivals, bars, restaurants, country parks, historic sites
At a glance
- An innovative, eco-and-budget-friendly ‘capsule hotel'.
- Accommodation comprises 16 pods. Each pod sleeps one adult, or one child over 12.
- Facilities include communal toilets and showers.
- There are plenty of walks, cafés, restaurants, galleries, and sightseeing opportunities on the doorstep.