30 Aug '11, 1pm

Singapore's first capsule hotel contravenes fire safety rules

Singapore's first capsule hotel contravenes fire safety rules

SINGAPORE: It is touted as Singapore's first capsule hotel, offering capsule-style dormitory beds for the cost-conscious traveller. Barely one month into its operation, the hotel at Ann Siang Road found itself on the wrong side of the law. That is because Matchbox The Concept Hostel failed to obtain a fire safety certificate before opening its doors on August 1. The Singapore Civil Defence Force has served a notice to the hostel on the offence after conducting an enforcement check. The hostel offers 30 single-beds and two double-beds for travellers, at between S$45 and S$88 per day. It said it is working closely with the SCDF to obtain the required certification as soon as possible. For now, the hostel is taking its own safety measures. Magdalene Wan, the owner of the hostel, said: "We actually have a big fire hose right at our main entrance. Apart from that, little pocket...

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