Would you tuck into a 2x1m fibreglass box for a night’s sleep? Capsule hotels—where rows of single-bed-sized rooms are stacked on top of one another, were born out of Osaka in the late 1970s, and are a part of a sort of bare necessities style of travel. Personally, I feel a spell of claustrophobia coming on—but they are commonplace in Japan and pretty popular too—there are even high-end luxury versions. Le Luck in the heart of
9h is another in the luxury capsule
Within the old hotel, everything was upgraded and reworked, except the pre-existing capsule rooms. In an effort to create consistency and carry on 9h luxury design approach, colours and materials were picked to complement the capsules—a dark screed floor,
The biggest enhancement to the hotel was the addition of saunas on the first and seventh floor (hence the name, ℃). These were imported from Finland, and incorporate the concept of ‘löyly’ or steaming, and specially designed showers for cooling down.
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