Bloc hotel, Birmingham
The inspiration for Birmingham's Bloc hotel was Japanese capsule hotels - the 73 rooms or "pods" were all manufactured off-site before being stacked into place and the hotel's exterior was then wrapped around them. The chic reception is home to cube-like seating, a huge wall-mounted TV and a Nespresso machine.
Within the rooms, coat hooks replace a wardrobe while a single padded tube becomes a bedside table. However the owners have still managed to shoe horn in a certain amount of luxury in the form of wet room-style bathrooms, designer Italian lighting and surprisingly comfy king size beds.
Rate: From £45 for a double room, www.blochotels.com
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My wife and I stayed in a boutique hotel in Christchurch New Zealand a couple of years ago. The room was very high tech., including a television that not only operated as the usual alarm, but could be switched to log fire mode. The lighting in the room could be altered for intensity and would change colour too, as would the bathroom lights. Even the underside of the bed was lit up - no idea why. The only downside was that the bedroom window was tiny.I was discussing this with my wife in the lift when a Japanese gentleman said "Your room has a window??" His hadn't!
Its not the poor people that go to these budget hotels, its just the normal for anyone boasting about how cheap they got something. Its really a cover story to justify to your partner why you booked it in the first place, as there is always one penny pincher in any great relationship but, you will have to ask someone thats rich, as its different, apparently. Ginger Person sat on a beach in Cyprus.