The opening of Canada’s first ever pod-style resort, the Pangea Pod Hotel, is imminent in Whistler. Its tentative opening date coincides with Crankworx mountain biking competition on Thursday, August 9th.
The 88-suite hotel is aiming to offer an affordable alternative to the mountain town’s prohibitively expensive accommodations. The pods are divided into eight separate suites accommodating six to 18 sleeping compartments, depending on the square footage. Every pod is equipped with necessities – think USB port, power outlet, fan, lighting, hangers, luggage lock, secure cabinet and mirror – with three slight variations in layout and a designated female-only suite. The addition of a couple of creature comforts like quality bedding and your own private piece of art has Pangea aiming to distinguish itself from the connotations and expectations of typical Tokyo-style capsule arrangements, which have a reputation of catering to convenience and sleep over aesthetic and comfort.
Squeamish and impatient travellers will be happy about the 60 ensuite bathrooms, which are cleverly divided into their various components (sink and vanity, shower and toilet) so that guests don’t have to worry about navigating potentially awkward queuing situations, such as waiting for the toilet while one of their “roomies” is using the shower. In an interesting style choice, the separate washroom spaces are also colour coded with different tile schemes for each space.
For those with reservations about the potentially claustrophobic or antisocial aspect of the pod set-up, the hotel includes several common spaces. There’s a restaurant, cafe and bar with floor-to-ceiling windows – dubbed “The Living Room” – as well as a third floor rooftop patio that overlooks Village Square. Sportier types will appreciate the addition of “The Toy Box” storage area, which is dedicated to keeping guests’ mountain sports equipment safely locked away during ski season, with bike racks available to rent during the warmer months.
It sounds like a pretty great place for the solo traveller seeking a comfy and convenient place to crash during their stay in Whistler, without all of the splurges (or kids, since the hotel is entirely 18+!) but with social elements easily accessible (if so desired) and Whistler’s pedestrian path and Gondola located just outside the door.
For a better idea of how this whole concept translates in renderings (and the final phase of construction), check out the gallery of images below: