Mikhail Krymov, the then Co-Founder & CEO of Sleepbox, shares his experience of reinventing the hotel experience. And as it turns out, thinking outside the box is… a box!
Sleepbox unlocked a whole new market niche while addressing the problem of expensive and inconvenient hotel stays. Their smart, turnkey solution is modular plug-in hotel rooms that can be easily installed in spaces like airports and office buildings, offering privacy in places where privacy is often limited. The rooms are fully equipped with features such as soundproofing, privacy windows, temperature control, and more.
Taking Regulations and Certifications in Stride
Sleepbox’s biggest challenge to date was navigating regulations and certifications for this new type of hotel accommodation. Convincing inspectors that the rooms were safe and compliant was a crucial step in making the concept a reality. Now a certified device, the company has launched in Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport, offering hourly services through an app-based vending machine. They are actively expanding to other airports through strategic partnerships, including Priority Pass.
The Future of Sleepbox
In addition to airports, Sleepbox has plans to enter the city hotel market by converting existing office spaces into Sleepbox hotels. For the economy traveler or long-distance commuter who is too tired to head home for the night, this is good news. Private and comfortable rooms (with shared bathrooms) will soon be available at a lower price compared to traditional hotels. The company’s long-term vision is to launch Sleepbox hotels in major cities worldwide, creating a network of affordable experiences that cater to urban explorers.
Modular Hotel Rooms at a Glance
- Start-up Sleepbox has launched modular plug-in hotel rooms to offer privacy in places where privacy is often limited, such as airports and office buildings.
- The micro-hotel rooms are fully equipped with features like soundproofing, privacy windows, and temperature control making for convenient and affordable short-term stays.
- Modular hotel rooms are no exception. Regulations and certifications must be met for operation.
- Already available in Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport, Sleepbox plans to expand to more airports and to enter the city hotel market by converting existing office spaces into Sleepbox hotels worldwide.