Picture living in a laundromat.
Capsule hotels are a type of hotel where instead of getting a room, guests stay in small, “capsules.” They cater primarily to Japanese businessmen who toil long hours at their desks then suddenly realize the last train home has left the building.
Small is the operative word here. The capsules measure roughly 2 meters in length, and 1 meter in both width and height. Moreover, these metallic capsules are stacked on top of each other, akin to filing cabinets. These days the hotels are making efforts to attract foreigners. On the English language version of the website, for instance, I noticed much emphasis on a special fabric spray which supposedly nullified such odours.
Dismayingly, the showers are two shower heads at about knee height with tiny child-sized plastic seats next to them. So would I recommend a capsule to a budget traveller heading for Tokyo? I think I’d suggest first scouring websites for deals on single hotel rooms, which while more expensive and not much bigger, offer much more convenience and comfort for a multiple-night stay.