A singapore capsule hotel is a facility that provides guests with a small capsule-like space to sleep. This kind of hotels originate from unique Japanese style idea, which is located near major train stations so people missing their last train can spend the night for less money than it would cost them to take a taxi or stay in an ordinary hotel. However, nowadays, these hotels are popular among the foreign tourists and have been surprisingly developed.
Close Quarters in a Capsule Hotel
Having spent some time at the Capsule Ryokan in Kyoto we felt that it was time to check out the real deal and stay in a singapore capsule hotel. Capsule hotels, developed in Japan, have many extremely small “rooms” or capsules intended to provide cheap and basic overnight accommodation for those who don’t require the normal services offered by hotels.
My wife and I weren’t sure what to expect so, on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Japan, we checked into the Asahi Plaza in the busy Shinsaibashi district of Osaka, one of the few capsule hotels that caters for both men and women. When you check in, you are given a key to a locker in which to place your belongings and where you find a set of beige kimono-style pyjamas as well as a towel and other basic toiletries.
Once checked in, you can peruse the four floors of the hotel, which contain the capsule accommodation quarters, separated by gender, lockers, toilets and onsen (hot baths), as well as mixed gender rest areas and a canteen. The common areas are great for people watching. There are reclining chairs where people sleep (you can pay to stay in the hotel for just a few hours), smoke (it is allowed inside in many parts of Japan), watch TV, read or eat. Massages are offered throughout the night until about 4am and you can check in all night – the capsule hotels were aimed, in part, at stressed-out Japanese business men cutting loose and drinking after a busy day. The unadorned concrete walls and thin, pale green carpets really give the feeling of a surreal school dormitory, particularly as most people are uniformly dressed in their ‘pyjamas’.
Posted on October 17, 2018 at 01:33 PM