Would you stay in a capsule hotel? At 9 Hours in Tokyo, an ultra-efficient vacation

Summary:Would you sleep in a sleek, spotless hotel room that's no bigger than a tent? At 9 Hours hotel in Tokyo, you won't waste an inch.

Would you sleep in a sleek, spotless hotel room that's no bigger than a tent?

At the 9 Hours capsule hotel in Tokyo, travelers get Japanese service and precision without paying for all the wasted space of a traditional hotel room.

"Capsule" hotel, of course, because each person gets just enough space to sleep.

Amenities for the hotel were designed by Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, and cater to the ultra-dense traveling populations of Asian cities such as Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolitan area.

At nine stories tall, the hotel hosts 125 capsules, as well as locker rooms, showers and a lounge. Each capsule has a light system designed by tech giant Panasonic that allows you to wake up without requiring any noise.

The hotel is the work of parent company Cubic Corp., and was first unveiled in Dec. 2009.

Here's a look, in a video from Monocle:

[via DesignBoom]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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