What are Capsule Hotels

You recall one of those war films of the 60s, when you look at capsule hotel rooms. In those movies, the heroes would be off to the lines in a submarine. Inside the submarine, they would have to lie down inside compressed cubicles and cabinets. These cabinets would only consist of a basic bed and some pillows. Even in the berths on trains, you can see the same sleeping facilities. But what if you find such an arrangement in the form of a room in a hotel? Well, at first glance, it may be a bit scary and also look claustrophobic. However, the capsule rooms are fast becoming the preferred trend for hotels. They are now known as capsule hotels and inns.

These capsule hotels have a model similar to that of the train compartments. The capsule rooms are built attached to the walls of the hotel corridors. They are arranged in a systematic row. A capsule room is sufficiently spacious for sleeping and resting at night. The capsule rooms have dimensions of 2 meters in length and 1.25 meters in breadth. They provide just ample space for a single person to sleep comfortably. While this may be a bit cramped up, there are enough comforts and amenities packed inside any capsule hotel room. These comforts are meant to make the person feel at peace with the settings.

The concept of the capsule hotels took shape in Japan. Of late, many hotels and inns have been designed with this concept. The first ever capsule hotel was built in Osaka in Japan in 1979. It was named as the Capsule Inn Osaka. The hotel made it popular that small berth-like rooms and capsules are fitted as sleeping quarters. Soon, it was found that many men and other guests began to prefer this rather new if small accommodation style. The model is now being adopted and tested in hotels in America and Europe as well.

The capsules would be fitted inside with some of the best amenities and facilities. This includes a TV set, air conditioning and also the quintessential beds and pillows. There is also a mirror attached to one of the walls of the capsule. The person will have to go to an external bathroom for his or her needs. Some designers and hotel architects are considering fitting the capsules with an attached bath and bigger sleeping space.

The capsule rooms do not cost much. The rates for overnight stay and accommodation are quite affordable. This would explain why so many people during the Japanese recession would stay at the capsule rooms. The capsule rooms may not be very comfortable as the regular hotel rooms are. However, they do save a lot of unnecessary space. Most of the space would be confined to snug sleeping quarters. So, maybe, capsules look much neat and systematic as well. Maybe this concept is really good.


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