Rise of the Microhotels

I am sure that most folks who do some travel and read up about Japan will know something about the “capsule” hotels. These overnight boxes to sleep can be found in many places in most large cities in Japan. Not that this is something we’d expect to see in the west or even in other parts of Asia. There can be backpackers’ hostels and motels, but none will come close to the capsule format. Unlikely to, ever?

Well there seems to be on a trend going on. An interesting read here on hotel rooms going smaller.

Our thoughts : as budgets shrink (in business) and solo travel rise, a whole new segment is given birth to. And we suspect it will grow.

In our road trips across Japan there had been a rise of chain hotels that offer micro sized rooms – that is, compared to the “standard” rooms in the established industry players. You would have seen in our recent Fuji roadtip journalog (click here to read) that we stayed at the Super Hotel. This chain offers smaller rooms sizes for the “no frills” traveler, much like the motels of yesteryear. Does not mean it’s dingy, in fact the hotel ran with minimal staffing coupled with simple technology helped! No room keys, no proximity cards. Just your own PIN for the keypad on the door.

In our journeys, the hotel room’s main utility is a restful night. One where amenities are available to wash up, relieve oneself etc. As long as it is clean and the bed resonably comfortable (yes it’s relative), it served its purpose. I mean our purpose. We suppose this is yours too?

So, having a really large room and/or paying lots for it does not make sense when we spend 7 hours each night in it. We should be out and about exploring the new and possibly exciting surroundings right?

Thus we say – this development is good. It means more options for us and you too!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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