Capsule hotels have popped up all over the place, from China to Canada, and even here at home in Sydney, offering an efficient and inexpensive accommodation option. But if you’re looking for the best of the best, the OG capsule hotel, look no further than their homeland, Japan.
The trendy eight-story hotel in Tokyo’s Ebisu area was remodelled by locally based Schemata Architects. It boasts 162 sleeping pods, each of which are 109cm wide, 220cm deep, and 109cm high.
Inspired by minimalist design, each pod has a totally refurbished interior, finished with raw plywood, reinforced plastic and concrete flooring.
But the most exciting feature is one you may not expect: saunas imported from Finland and located on the first and seventh floors of the hotel.
Schemata Architects say the incorporation of Scandinavian saunas into Do-C Hotel’s redesign is a play on the stereotype that old Japanese capsule hotels look like saunas.
Rates start at $55 (¥4900) per night, or you can book by the hour if you’re just after a cheeky power nap. Book your stay here.
How To Get There
- Fly into Haneda Airport, Tokyo
- Take the Keikyu-Kuko Line to Shinagawa Station
- Take the Yamanote Line to Ebisu Station
- Walk 210m
- Do-C Ebisu, 1 Chome-8-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(All images: Do-C Hotel)