One of the things I was looking forward to on this Japan trip was to be able to stay at the Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel. Don’t be fooled by the name – it’s not your everyday normal hotel! Those that book a night here will get their own “capsule style” room, in which the rooms look like this:
Ginza Bay Hotel Amenities
There wasn’t much space in the capsule room to fit luggage so we were given our own lockers to store our personal items in. The hotel doesn’t allow wearing outside shoes past the check-in area so we were also given shoe lockers to store our shoes and a pair of slippers to walk around in.
As for getting ready to sleep in the capsules, each person was provided with a bag containing the following items:
- Shower towel
- Face towel
- Nightwear shirt and pants
The showers can be found right next to the locker room. I was already really tired from the flight and train so I hit the showers after storing away my luggage. The washroom is located conveniently outside the shower stalls so I was able to brush my teeth after showering.
I prefer wearing my own pajamas, but everyone seemed to be wearing the provided nightwear so I put it on too. I’ve never been given sleep attire from a hotel before so it was an interesting experience. I looked a bit weird in it so I will not be posting a picture of myself in it. Sorry!
Here’s a shot of my capsule as I’m sitting inside it. It’s basically a small enclosed space with a twin-sized sleeping pad in it. As an average height American man, I barely fit in the room laying down. If I were any taller, my feet would’ve been touching the sliding door at the edge of the bed!
As you can see from the picture, it’s pretty cozy inside. With a personal light and wall plug (and free Wi-Fi!), I was able to wind down and relax in bed prior to sleeping.
Sleeping was fairly easy. The guests inside their pods were either sleeping already or quietly relaxing. Everyone there was respectful of others and fairly pretty quiet in the sleeping area. However, if you’re a light sleeper, you may want to take some extra precautions. The walls separating each capsule aren’t noise-canceling so you might hear people snoring or rolling in their beds. If this bothers you, the front desk provides free earplugs.
I didn’t know what to expect, but all-in-all, it was a pretty interesting experience to sleep in the capsule. I can see myself booking one of these if I’m not looking for anything extravagant. It’s cost-efficient and enjoyable so I’ll definitely come again if I’m ever back in the Ginza area!