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Pod Hotels Squeeze Travelers In

Tiny rooms get big thinking around the world

Been there, done that with high-end lux hotels? Pod, capsule and cube hotels are the newest buzzed-about way to travel on a dime.

Japan pioneered the micro-pods, but some big companies are putting a new spin on the idea of cheap, no-frills rooms delivered in chic style.

A Dutch start-up company, Qbic, answers the budget traveler's dilemma with style. You can customize your Qbic HotelsQbic HotelsQbic cube with adjustable mood lighting such as Mellow Yellow, Deep Purple Love and Red Romance. The beds are extra long, and you get a flat-panel TV, wireless access and stylish bathroom fixtures.

Yotel, a British chain, meshed the Japanese pod withYotel Check InYotel Check In an airline-style cabin at London's Gatwick Airport. It's behind security, which is great if you have a connecting flight first thing in the morning. You get a full-sized foldaway bed, toilet, shower, desk, wireless access and a flat-panel TV - all packed into roughly 100 sq ft.

Pod Hotel NYCPod Hotel NYCThink Americans really want high end lux? New York's Pod Hotel in the old Pickwick Arms building begs to differ. Their hip accommodations in midtown Manhattan may be small, but the prime location makes size a moot point.

Add yourself to this equation and discover pod living on your next trip.

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