The recently opened Hotel Zen Tokyo has taken the popular capsule-style accommodation from Japan and brings it to a new level. Located in Nihonbashi Ningyocho, or "Doll town" as the locals call it, it's one of the most traditional parts of Tokyo, and it's got a great connection with the rest of the city. Just a minute walk to the Ningyocho metro station and 15-minute to the Tokyo station.
The zen pods – as they call the capsules – are inspired by Tokyo's tea houses, as you can see on the shutters that close completely, giving more privacy to the guests. The comfort has been improved as well. Not only can you straighten up and stretch inside as the pods go until the ceiling, but the beds are wider than normal too. The majority of them are stretching 120 cm's in width (that's 47 inches), and the beds have the additional support of an underlying tatami (traditional Japanese mats) and pocket-coil mattresses (no innerspring). Bathrooms feature rain showers. Talk about great details.
The 7-story building has 78 rooms, and there are five types of them: Aoi - Standard Pod, Fuji - Superior Pod, Sakura - Superior Pod with Tatami, Tsubaki - Deluxe Pod, and Ran Deluxe Pod, which has a window too. You can find unique Japanese paintings on the wall, crafted by local artists. The minimalist interior design extends to the basement bar, where free breakfast is served in the morning and turns into a bar lounge during the evening. Sake, local wines, and craft beer are on offer on the made-in-Japan menu.
Hotel Zen combines Japanese capsule-style accommodation and high standards of luxury hotels, minimalist design, and great location. The variety of rooms and the gender-based floors (gender-neutral, female-only, or male-only) means you will definitely find the right one to stay in.