Tired of having to lounge on uncomfortable chairs during a long layover? Anxious about missing a flight due to a “power nap?” Worry no more travelers, Podtime is ready to make its way to one of the busiest airports in the UK, Gatwick. The company launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs this month seeking to raise £450,000 for its new 124 bed sleep pod hotel on the land side of Gatwick Airport South Terminal.
According to its project, the pod hotel was designed by Jon Gray, founder of the successful sleep pod manufacturing company Podtime, the pods would offer a 24 hour service to travelers at Gatwick at very competitive prices – an average price of just £25 for an overnight.
The company shared:
“Podtel Gatwick can keep its prices low because of the elegant and efficient design of the pods – they can stack two levels high to maximise the use of the available square footage, yet they remain comfortable, private and welcoming.”
Each pod will feature double beds, high quality linens, ample luggage space, power points, privacy doors, internal lighting and of course WiFi. Each pod will be refreshed and cleaned by an onsite staff after each use and there will also be wash-basins available to guests in separate cubicles. There will also be a user-friendly online management/booking system available to help guests reserve their own pod.
Also noting the airport’s support, Podtime stated:
“Gatwick Airport is enthusiastic and keen to see Podtel come to life as another unique offering to its passengers. Jon has been working closely with Gatwick over the last year to organise the lease for the space and the planning of the overall project.
“Gatwick is the perfect international stage on which to introduce the concept, and after running Podtel Gatwick for a period of time, most likely a year, we would look to expand into other airports, both domestically and internationally.
“After conducting passenger surveys at Gatwick we have discovered that 96% of passengers say that they would use the Podtel. The feedback from a sample size of 50 travellers was positive and extremely encouraging.”
The current cash flow forecast is based around charging passengers an average price of £25 per night. For an overnight stay the opening prices are likely to be as follows:
And £4 per hour during the day for a minimum of three hours.
Potel Gatwick’s campaign is set to close on May 5th.
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