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Kyoto Hotel Offers Travelers Posh Pods

Japan always seems to be one step ahead of the rest of the world in space-saving living. Case in point is a capsule hotel in Kyoto called 9 Hours. The name is based on the idea of 1 hr to shower, 7 hrs to sleep and 1 hr to rest.

While capsule hotels have been around for a while in Japan, they have been more focused on function than form. 9 Hours’ super sleek interior and ample amenities give a luxury feel to what is essentially sleeping in a cubby.

The developers express that they are not interested in replacing full-size hotels–merely providing an alternative for people who may literally need a place to sleep and nothing more.

The video asks if the US and Europe are ready for this style of hotel. We suspect it’ll come down to cost. If a space is 20% the size and 20-30% the cost of a standard hotel room, it will create a compelling argument for booking a pod. Ultra-sleek environs like 9 Hours will make the decision to go with a capsule easier as well.

What do you think? Have you stayed in a capsule hotel? What was your experience. Would you? If not, why not?

via Monocle

  • LW

    There is NO WAY I’d sleep in one of those things. Too enclosed. It’s too much like being in a coffin. Absolutely NO WAY.

  • Mavihaus

    What about snoring neighbors??

  • cityotter

    I WISH they had something like this in New York. Seriously, there can be long days in NYC, and there are times where I wish I could just take a nap between engagements. This would be so perfect and I would definitely use it. Much better than trying to catch some zzzz’s in a movie theater!