"The Jane hotel in New York City started renting its cabin-like rooms to sailors as early as 1908. “Live large but sleep small” might as well be the motto of travellers choosing to stay in the latest crop of super-shrunk hotel rooms popping up across the world.
Rather than spend a lot of money on a sprawling temporary living space, travellers are bunking down in rooms that measure from just two to 10sqm.
Popularized in Japan, capsule hotels were first built in 1979 to accommodate Japanese businessmen who needed to stay close to the city centre for a few days or who could not catch the last train to their suburban homes. Some would even stay the entire workweek to avoid the long commute. Barely big enough to lie down, the two-metre long space included sparse amenities like a television and a radio, along with a common restroom and socializing areas.… "