Would you ever stay at a capsule hotel?
block roughly 2 m by 1 m by 1.25 m, providing room to sleep. Facilities
range in entertainment offerings (most include a television, an
electronic console, and wireless internet
connection). These capsules are stacked side by side and two units top
to bottom, with steps providing access to the second level rooms.
Luggage is stored in a locker. Privacy is ensured by a curtain or a
fibreglass door at the open end of the capsule. Washrooms are communal
and some hotels include restaurants (or at least vending machines), pools, and other entertainment facilities.
This style of hotel accommodation was developed in Japan and has not
gained popularity outside of the country, although Western variants
known as "pod hotels" with larger accommodations and often private baths are being developed. Guests are asked not to smoke or eat in the capsules.
Capsule hotels vary widely in size, some having only fifty or so capsules and others over 700. Many are used primarily by men. There are also capsule hotels with separate male and female sleeping quarters. Clothes and shoes are sometimes exchanged for a yukata
gown and slippers on entry. A towel may also be provided. The benefit
of these hotels is convenience and price, usually around ¥ 2000-4000
(US$ 25–50) a night.
Certain visitors (especially on weekdays) are too inebriated to safely travel to their homes, or too embarrassed to face their spouses. With continued recession in Japan, as of early 2010 more and more guests—roughly 30% at the Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 in Tokyo—were either unemployed or underemployed and were renting capsules by the month.
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