The futuristic Nine Hours hotel in Kyoto is a minimalist capsule hotel equipped with state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are available for only nine hours. The hotel is the brainchild of Fumie Shibata’s Design Studio S, Masaaki Hiromura and Takaaki Nakamura, and it provides guests with one hour to get ready for bed, seven hours of sleep and one hour to get up in the morning before checking out - and absolutely nothing else.
The coffin-sized rooms are not a novelty in Japan. Capsule hotels have been there since the 70s but have gotten a bad rap as the last resort of drunken workers that missed the last train home. Nike Hours hotel is completely different-it’s sleek design, monochrome décor, and the fact that it’s located near the city’s traditional geisha Gion district, it is proving to be a perfect choice for tourists looking to a clean, stylish place to spend the night.
The seven-story hotel has separate floors and elevators for men and women, offers immaculately designed sleeping clothes and accessories. A special built-in Panasonic system relaxes guests into sleep and wakes them up at a set time by changing the light. The nine hour stay limit speaks more of the minimalist concept of the place, as guests can actually stay up to 17 hours-soon it will be 24 hours according to the hotel’s website- which costs $49. The hotel closed in October but is scheduled to reopen this month.
Via The Verge