You can now stay in a Star Wars-style hostel with ‘space pods’ for beds – and it’s perfect for families
Star Wars fans will love this futuristic hostel where instead of bunk beds, you’ll sleep in “Space Pods”.
Far from a gimmick, each of the pods are equipped with everything from memory foam mattresses to comfy pillows and a duvet – and it’s had rave reviews from previous guests.
The Galaxy Pod Hostel is located in downtown Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
Unlike usual hostels, where you sleep in bunk beds, guests at the futuristic property features individual pods that are stacked on top of each other.
Aside from the comfy bedding, all of the pods have a security box, mirror, fans, power plug, a shelf, hangers and alarm clock.
Some even have TVs – just like a mini-hotel room.
You don’t have to worry about not being able to fall asleep because someone has come back in the middle of the night and switched on the light – each of the pods have a privacy screen that can be closed.
And the pods have their own lights so you can play around with the light settings to find one that suits you.
The property is also great for families and couples.
They have couples’ rooms with kingsize bunk beds and kids under 12 can share a bed with a parent for free.
There are also bigger rooms for those who are travelling as a groups, for example if you’re on a stag do or a girls’ trip.
Its listing explained: “We are located midway between where all the bars are and Laugardalur, and there are about 15 minutes walk both ways.
“Laugardalur has a lot to offer especially for families. It has a big gym, swimming pool, an amusement park for kids, a zoo with Icelandic animals, a flower garden, skating range, tennis court, etc.
“In the opposite direction you will find a great variety of restaurants and bars in the downtown.”
Plus, there’s also a shop right across the road so you can stock up on food and save on eating out as there’s a kitchen on site as well.
A night in one of the pods start from $A62.45 per person and Galaxy Pod Hostel has had rave reviews from previous guests, with a 9.0 rating on Hostelworld.
One person wrote: “This is the perfect place to stay in Reykjavik if you want to save money but still have your privacy.
“The pods were a little slice of luxury after a long day, with a stocked TV and plenty of space – enough to change in there. The space pods are really cool and would recommend to stay at least once.
“Bit pricier than other Reykjavik hostels but worth it. Breakfast is good with freshly made waffles. Conveniently located opposite a supermarket and a short walk from the centre of Reykjavik.”
Another added: “Come for the cool beds, stay for the breakfast! I was only going to stay a night to try out the pods, since it’s 2-3 times the price of the cheaper hostels.
“But man, 1300 ISK for breakfast gets you unlimited waffles, fruit, meats and cheese slices, toast (Peanut butter! A rarity for homesick Canadians!), basic cereal, coffee, etc.
“Otherwise, the hostel is good. Nice big showers (on sulphury geothermal water though), clean bathroom and bedrooms. Awesome common areas.”