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Brief Published: 20 Jan 2012

London’s Trocadero – Pod of Call


Once an entertainment and dining hub in London’s Piccadilly area, the 350-year-old Trocadero is being transformed into a Japanese-styled ‘pod’ hotel that will open its doors this July.

Although its late-19th century façade will remain intact, the interior will be replaced with 495 windowless rooms – each fitting a double bed, en-suite bathroom and 42-inch plasma television into no more than 17 sq m of space.

London-based architects and interior designers Dexter Moren Associates, who took inspiration from the latest high-technology design products such as iPods and Smart Cars, designed the pods to closely resemble luxury cruise cabins.

The pod hotel will certainly feed a demand for much-needed budget accommodation in London. Whether many other players in the hospitality industry will recognise the potential of this gap in the market remains to be seen. However, with European boutique budget hotel chain, CitizenM, also looking to enter the London hotel scene it does seem a wind of change may soon sweep through the city. For more on modular hotels designed with the 'zap' generation in mind read CitizenM Hospitality Evolves: The Global Nomad.

Dexter Moren