This is an idea that’s really taking off: capsule hotels – for those on a bit of a budget, basically a bed with not a lot else.
Kinda minimalist. Kinda cool. Thanks to Metro for the feature.
Size isn’t everything.
Sure, if you’re a chronic over-packer and like to spread out like a starfish on a giant hotel bed, a tiny room might not be your idea of the perfect holiday resting point.
But if you’re more of a minimalist, a capsule hotel is the dream.
Originally created in Japan, capsule hotels take the basic idea of ‘hey, I need somewhere to sleep’ and simplify it, getting rid of all the frills of your average hotel experience and stripping it back to just what you need: a small, sleek room with space for you to rest (and not much else).
But don’t imagine a tiny pod stripped of all colour and style. Today’s capsule hotels are sleek, stylish, and have all kinds of extras, seamlessly slotted into tiny spaces.
Behold, a few of the coolest capsule hotels around the world.
1. Anshin Oyado, Japan
A new luxurious take on the capsule hotel, set up just three minutes from Shinjuku station in Tokyo.
This one’s a little fancier than the average. Each capsule room has an air conditioner, tablet computer, and a flat-screen TV provided inside (along with a cosy futon style bed, of course), and all guests can enjoy full use of free artificial hot springs and a misting sauna.
There’s also a laundromat, shop, and places to get snacks – all open 24 hours of the day.
2. Sleepbox, Moscow
Sleepbox in Moscow is the best option for anyone who wants an entirely fuss-free stay. There are no gimmicks here. No arty stuff. No dust-ruffles.
Just sleek pods where you sleep and shared bathrooms.
3. Book and Bed, Tokyo
Okay, book-lovers. Behold your dream holiday destination.
Book and Bed is a bookshop-themed hotel in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighbourhood. It’s home to thousands of books for you to buy and read, and each capsule room (there are two sizes to choose from, ‘compact’ or ‘standard’) is tucked away within bookshelves.
The rooms themselves are pretty bare, with just a futon bed, a pillow, and – of course – a reading light.
4. Bloc Hotel, London Gatwick
Small, perfectly formed rooms with enough room for a proper hotel bed. Snazzy.
This one is a few steps from Gatwick’s departure lounge, so it’s best suited for those who need a place to rest their head between travels, rather than anyone looking for a week-long holiday in a cosy capsule.
5. Hotel Sleeps, Tokyo
For men only (sorry, fellow women), Hotel Sleeps is one of the original capsule hotels, made up of hundreds of pods filled with just a bed.
There’s also a whisky bar, which we’d recommend visiting if you start feeling a little claustrophobic, and a manga library.
6. CityHub, Amsterdam
CityHub just looks cool, no?
The pod hotel has a super futuristic vibe, complete with slotting bunk beds, touch-screens dotted around the building, an interactive app that instantly registers all hotel guests, and a digital concierge – all in the middle of the city’s centre.
7. 9 Hours, Narita Airport, Kyoto, Japan
Looks so pared-back it’s a bit military-esque, sure, but 9 Hours is actually a pretty special spot.
Each pod has been designed for optimal sleep, featuring a special extra-supportive pillow, a mattress made with ‘Breath Air’ material, and a ‘Sleep Ambient Control System’ – essentially a gentle alarm clock that replicates the light of dawn to slowly wake you up each morning.
9 Hours also rents out its pods for naps, if you don’t fancy a full-on stay.
8. Cabana, Osaka, Japan
Cosy looking beds in simple, compact rooms. There’s an open-air bar on the roof to escape to when you feel a bit cramped.
9. The Jane Hotel, New York
The Jane Hotel’s 50-square-foot rooms were inspired by the compartments on old-school sleeper trains.
Then hotel overlooks the Hudson River, so you’ll have some great views from your bed.
10. YOTELAIR, Heathrow Airport
Another spot that’s best if you’re just making a quick stop between destinations, YOTELAIR adds the handy benefit of a little work area along with your bed, flatscreen TV, and free wifi.
11. Pod Hotel, New York
Basically the best way to stay in New York if you’re on a budget.
For a capsule hotel, the rooms are actually fairly spacious, and there’s a fancy bar on the rooftop where you can look out at the city.
12. CAPSULE by Container, Malaysia
Your standard capsule hotel, basically: cosy rooms with just a tiny bit of space next to a single bed.
CAPSULE does provide you with slippers, which is a nice touch.
13. CitizenM Hotel, Amsterdam
Described as a ‘capsule hotel for hipsters’ on TripAdvisor, these are simple, soothing cream rooms filled from wall to wall with a large double bed.