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Renting Space for an Urban Power Nap Renting Space for an Urban Power Nap

Renting Space for an Urban Power Nap

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The old joke about certain, well, stripped-down hotels renting rooms by the hour got turned on its head some years back when certain hotels started renting rooms by the minute.

That concept has been stretched in a different direction by a London-based company that decided to take the Airbnb model -- where people rent out their homes, or portions thereof, to travelers on a day-to-day basis, just like a hotel does -- a step further.

Pop & Rest has actually been around since 2015. Its founders, known as Mauricio and Yoann, saw that the city of London had a need for tranquil and private spaces where people could take a break from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and re-charge their batteries. The power nap was one possibility. But depending on one's needs, escaping to a cozy flat or a couple of hours could provide the energy needed to feel like a human being before emerging one more to join the rat race attendant to a crosstown commute.

The Pop & Rest founders recently started up PopPods, billed as "the first space to nap, shower, and relax" in London. As of October 2, customers could book a 30-minute Pod stay by providing an email address. The first visit is free. A receptionist checks in the customer, who then can relax and/or shower in a private space.

PopUpCity reports that a Manchester-based company called Plot offers green spaces within metropolitan settings: "With the help of their smartphone, users could reserve a 2-hour time slot in a rooftop garden for themselves or a group, in order to host a yoga session, soak up the sun or just simply escape the city bustle for a while."




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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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