The Urayasu Brighton Hotel, Tokyo Bay

I have only ever stayed in one 5 star hotel before. It was in Sun City which is a resort/casino/man-made beach in South Africa. However, I was so young that I can’t really remember it.

I have always wanted to stay in a five-star hotel again but at £300-£400+ per night minimum, I just couldn’t justify it.  I understand private pools, sprawling suites, and décor that’s straight out of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir, but the thought of spending the equivalent of a “Playstation-Pro” per night on a room that I will enjoy for only a few hours is a bit god damn much!

So how about a four+ star hotel? The Urayasu Brighton Hotel Tokyo Bay (bit of a mouth full) is one of 21 “Tokyo Disney Resort” Ambassador Hotels. As a result, you can buy Disney park tickets at reception, shop at the in house Disney store in the main foyer, and enjoy the free shuttle bus that runs every twenty minutes or so to and from Disneyland and Disneysea.

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The hotel has a few different styles of rooms including The Pool Bath Room, which features a three-meter long, one meter across bath situated in front of an amazing view of the city including Disneyland. The Lovers Suite, which includes a giant round bed, a bar area (including a coffee machine) and a massage chair. There are a few other rooms each with its own unique style. The room I stayed in, however, was The Danran Room.

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The Danran Room was big! It can definitely be considered a suite. The design of the room was above and beyond any four-star hotel that I have ever stayed in. The mini ascending staircase that leads to the chill-out/ bed area is one of the coolest things that I have seen in a hotel room, I really love multi-level room design.

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I also loved the size of the window and the window ledge. Sitting down to watch the comings and goings of the city below with a coffee, to the setting of a rainy November evening is just one of the reasons that I had the most relaxing night of the year so far. Another reason was the foot massager that comes with the room which, after a full day of pounding the Disney pavement, provided some much-needed relief.

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The bathroom was on another level! A giant wet room with an extremely powerful shower and a huge bathtub with a party trick, not only were it huge, but it filled with water completely in two minutes flat! Something that I never thought I’d want in my “forever home” but now it’s an essential item! It also included all the amenities you could need including a muscle soak bath bomb.

It’s not just a good looking hotel though. I found the team to be extremely helpful, and the ability to buy Disney tickets at the reception was a load off. The last time I bought park tickets was to Universal Studios and it was a bit of a pain. First I had to find the best price, then I had to buy them through a third party website, then wait a sphincterlizing ten minutes to get an email with my tickets. A stark contrast to having a smiling, English speaking receptionist handing you your park tickets in person.

The reason I call this hotel a four+ star, is because the internet can’t really decide what the Urayasu Brighton Hotel is. Some websites call it a four-star, some call it a five-star, some call it a four and a half star but I have yet to find the official rating. In true Japanese modesty, even the official hotel website doesn’t clarify.

I know there are a large amount of Disney authorized hotels in the area, but I can honestly say that The Urayasu Brighton Hotel, Tokyo Bay is well worth the money, I highly recommend it!

Check out the official Disney hotel site

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Henn Na Hotel Asakusa|A Hotel In Japan Ran By Holograms

I’m sure that by now everyone has heard about the hotel in Japan that is run by robots. It was huge news a few years ago and it reminded the world that Japan hasn’t stopped being Japanese when it comes to all things tech, and forward-thinking.

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Henn Na Hotel Maihama

So in a country that is constantly innovating, where does a hotel run by robots go from here? Well, how about a unique hotel run by holograms!

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Henn Na Hotel Asakusa

Asakusa is a historic town known for the Senso-ji, the oldest and most colorful temple in Tokyo. Asakusa is also one of the few places where you can truly experience the atmosphere and architecture of the Edo period. The historic streets are lined with food stalls, izakayas, and traditional craftsmanship. In stark contrast, the futuristic Henn Na Hotel Asakusa is unlike any other hotel that I have ever stayed in.

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Upon entering you will be greeted by three distinct holographic characters. The anime-style butler that is happy to help but can’t cook to save his life, the Ninja who seems to get stabbed a lot, and of course, the friendly but quite scary raptor that the original Henn Na Hotel was famous for. Each one has his own personality, voice, and animation.

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Henn Na Hotel Asakusa reception

Checking in is incredibly straightforward and efficient. Just use the tablet at the reception and through exciting animations and great voice acting, the hologram character of your choice will guide you through the process. Your room cards will come out of the machine under the counter and you are ready to go. After check-in is complete, your way will be guided by a projected red carpet that will appear on the floor. You will be directed to the elevators while puddles and leaves mimicking your steps trail behind you.

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Projected Red Carpet
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Suitcase storage

The reception area has a really relaxing zen style, it is exceptionally clean and quiet. There is a bag storage section, an area to sit, work, or eat, and also has a small sports bar called Bat’s Man for a few cheeky night time drinks before bed. Should the bag storage system be full, you can always call for assistance from a real human. They will be happy to store your luggage for you while you explore the best that Asakusa has to offer.

Henn Na Hotel Asakusa reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa reception
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Sports Bar
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Sports Bar
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Sports Bar
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Sports Bar
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Sports Bar

The beds were firm and comfortable. the dimmer switch for the warm ambient lighting is a really nice touch and considering the city is quite a busy place and the number of people staying at this hotel, the room was extremely quiet and relaxing. There were more than enough ports and plugs to charge all of my devices. They even provide a split cable with a USB-C, Lightning cable, and a micro USB end. Not to mention, the view of Asakusa’s cityscape from my room was amazing!

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Henn Na Hotel Asakusa CityScape By Day
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa CityScape By Night
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa CityScape By Night
Henn Na Hotel Asakusa Room
Henn Na Asakusa Hotel Room

Rooms in Tokyo can be on the small side unless you are springing for the business or honeymoon suites so I was pleasantly surprised to see such a spacious room. The bathroom has a traditional Japanese shower room with a bath, a smart toilet, and all the general amenities that one would need to freshen up.

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Bathroom

The room itself has the usual TV, fridge, hairdryer, and kettle. However, there were two new devices that I had never seen in a hotel before. Tabii is a tablet that is your personal guide to tourist hot spots that also answeres any questions or queries you may have.

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Hotel Room Tabii

There was also something that I thought was a giant fridge but turned out to be an LG Styler!

The LG Styler sanitizes, steams, presses and dries your clothes meaning fewer visits to your dry cleaners. I was simply blown away that a £1,500 device would be an option as I had never seen one before. Needless to say, I used it to death. All of my clothes are now steamed, sanitized, and wrinkle-free.

Check-out is just as easy as check-in. Selecting check-out on the tablet at the reception, you insert the cards for the room into the slot and that’s it, all done.

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This hotel is more of an experience than your usual “place to stay”. It was clean and relaxing but most of all, totally hassle-free. Despite the fact that a lot of engineering and technology have gone into the building of this hotel, the process is extremely streamlined and makes me wonder why we need real reception staff at all.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo – A Relaxing Capsule Hotel Experience

Hotel Zen Tokyo has a bit of a different approach to the usual (somewhat gimmicky) capsule Hotel norm. Nestled in the traditional district of Nihonbashi Ningyocho, just five minutes from the train station is a place that promises rest, relaxation and a cheaper place to sleep than a standard hotel. Capsule hotels were first properly used by salarymen in the 70s. Their main purpose was to put a roof over the heads of hard-working businessmen and office workers that had spent the night “unwinding” after a hard day’s work and missed the last train home. They provided a “room” long enough to lie down in and tall enough to sit up in, a wall socket, and if you were a bit of a diva you could pay a bit more for a pod with a TV.

Nowadays, capsule hotels can range from tiny portholes in the wall stacked three at a time to lavish nooks with projectors and electric beds like the Millennials. There are some that are themed like the international space station, book stores or even a Ninja’s dojo. There is even a floating capsule hotel rumored to be opened at the end of the year in Japan’s Huis Ten Bosch (a Dutch theme park in Sasebo), where you can literally drift off to sleep.

Hotel Zen Tokyo Beds
Hotel Zen Tokyo Beds

It uses the Japanese aesthetic Wabi-sabi, (the perfection of imperfection). Using Japanese tea houses as its inspiration and utilizing natural materials and minimal space, they have created a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo Steel Tea House & Breakfast Area

The building itself has 78 rooms in total with some floors being female only. There are five different types of rooms each varying in size but all come with their own unique painting created by local artists. Hotel Zen Tokyo also offers a work/ study lounge, shared rain showers, lockers, pay to use washing machines/dryers,  and a breakfast/lounge/bar that serves free pastries and coffee in the morning, and authentic Japanese whiskey, sake, and wine at night.

Hotel Zen Tokyo Entrance
Hotel Zen Tokyo Entrance

The entrance looks a lot like an old Japanese restaurant front. No giant neon “HOTEL” signs, no extravagant pictures of what the hotel looks like on the inside, no pretentious slogans or tag lines written all over the walls. Just a sign with the hotel’s name, a wall of bamboo, and a Noren hanging over the front door that says “Zen Tokyo” because that is all you really need to know. Just by looking at the hotel’s front you know you are here not to be distracted or stressed or sold to, but to meditate, relax, and be at peace.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo Keys
Hotel Zen Tokyo keys
Hotel Zen Tokyo Keys

Upon entering you’ll find yourself right in front of the reception desk. The people working at the reception speak perfect English and check-in takes a matter of seconds. You will be given a Zen Pod number and an electronic key to allow you on to your floor. After traveling to the floor by elevator and entering the corridor of Zen Pods the first thing I noticed was the temperature of the room. It was perfect! Usually, capsule hotels and manga cafes supply the room with one temperature and I have always found this “one size fits all” temperature to be way too damn hot to sleep! The fans that are sometimes in the pods sound like mini vacuum cleaners and do as much cooling as a piece of paper with the word “FAN” written on it. I never understood why a room can’t be a little bit cold. You could always put some clothes on, or just get under the covers and wait for two minutes to warm up. You can’t get more naked when you’re too hot! This is not a problem in Hotel Zen Tokyo.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods

The second thing I noticed was how peaceful and clean the room was. The Zen Pods stand above thousands of polished black sea stones (Zen Pebbles) and the natural wood and lights underneath each Zen Pod made me feel calm and a bit closer to nature, a far cry from the usual “corpse draws” associated with capsule hotels. It was also quiet enough to hear a pin drop! I already knew I was going to get some well deserved R&R here.

Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods

My pod was called the Fuji – Superior Pod. It was a very spacious small double bed (SD-120cm) and being 6’2, standing on the bed, with my arm stretched up still could not touch the ceiling! It’s so much easier to live in a capsule hotel when you can actually stand up and move around without getting out of your pod to sort out clothes and luggage. I had ample plugs to charge my phone, battery packs, and laptop. A little shelf to put my stuff on, a safe to put things in when I went out to get some dinner and the bed was by far the most comfortable bed in any of the capsule hotels I have stayed in so far.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods

My travel companion MariannaVlogs got the Sakura – Superior Pod with tatami. Because she’s extra. It’s basically the same as mine but with a little extra tatami floor space.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo, Zen Pods Marianna Vlogs

I had an amazing night’s sleep! The combination of a comfortable bed, slightly colder than normal room temperature and complete silence was enough to knock me straight out. I got down to the breakfast hall at about 8am, stuffed myself with pastries and coffee, grabbed my complimentary wash kit containing a few towels and everything you would need to freshen up and headed to the showers.

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Hotel Zen Tokyo, Pastries, Breakfast
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Pastries, breakfast
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Pastries, Breakfast
Hotel Zen Tokyo Steel Tea House
Hotel Zen Tokyo Steel Tea House
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Toiletries
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Toiletries
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Toiletries
Hotel Zen Tokyo Toiletries
Hotel Zen Tokyo, Showers
Hotel Zen Tokyo Shower
Hotel Zen Tokyo Rain Showers
Hotel Zen Tokyo Shower

Checkout was literally just a case of dropping your keys into the dropbox and that was it, all done! All in all, I would say that Hotel Zen Tokyo is by far a superior capsule hotel. Gone are the days where people primarily use capsule hotels because they need to, but more because they want to. This is because of places like Hotel Zen Tokyo that make sleeping in a capsule hotel a more relaxing and peaceful experience.

Or, you know,  just get trashed and miss the last train.

If you would like to visit Hotel Zen Tokyo or anywhere for that matter be sure to click the link and get £15 off your next trip with Booking.com!

Check out the Hotel Zen Tokyo’s website for more info! www.Hotelzentokyo.com

If this capsule is a bit too “Zen” for you maybe you would prefer The Millennials Shibuya

Nagi Kyoto Sanjo Hotel Review

When working for a Japanese company in Japan it’s really easy to slip into a routine of work, work, work, sleep, work, work, work, sleep. It’s so easy to see why middle age salarymen walk around with a glazed over “kill me now” look on their faces. You see them every day. Crisp, clean, freshly shaven in the morning sleeping on the train, shirt slightly untucked in the afternoon, and pretty much passed out on the floor in a train station or hunched over their dinner in a Yoshinoya at night. All with a miserable look on their faces.

Feeling like I was falling into the same sort of regime, I decided that it was time to take a break. That’s when Marianna (from Marianna Vlogs on YouTube) told me that she had found a very new hotel in Kyoto. It didn’t have many reviews but the location was good and meant that traveling around Kyoto and visiting the shrines and temples that I wanted to see would be relatively easy.

Anyway, six trains and a shinkansen later, I finally arrived at the hotel and oh my god! I was not expecting this kind of hotel!

The hotel itself is down one of the copy and paste streets in this particular part of Kyoto. To me, all of the streets look exactly the same and they weren’t exactly in what I would call a touristy location, more like off the beaten path, a place not built for tourists but more for the people who live there.

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The entrance is new and up to date. The hallway to the front door is covered in flowers (a traditional way to signify a new establishment in Japan). Inside the main foyer there is a huge water feature takes up the whole of the opposite wall giving off an atmospheric, tranquil vibe.

Nagi Kyoto Sanjo Hotel reception area

I have never met friendlier staff at a hotel. The receptionist, and what I can only assume was the hotel manager were nothing but smiles and they spoke fantastic English. Upon checking if, we were asked if we would like breakfast at the hotel. We said no because we wanted flexibility and also with Marianna being a vegetarian, we were eager to experience traditional plant based dishes that Kyoto had to offer.

After a swift and easy check in process we were shown to our room. A few minutes later, there was a knock on the door. The manager and the polite lady who checked us in appeared outside our room with printouts of restaurants specialising in traditional Japanese breakfasts. They also told us that they have called ahead to make sure that they definitely had vegetarian dishes available, the prices and there availability. Talk about excellent customer service!

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The room was amazingly spacious! With a big flat screen TV! And a Nespresso machine! Needless to say my needs were more than met, but my favorite part was the bathroom with ensuite wetroom (and a completely separate toilet).

Nagi Kyoto Sanjo Hotel bathroom

Nagi Kyoto Sanjo Hotel bathroom

Overall, the beds were comfortable, the hotel was quiet, and the people working there were fantastic! If you ever find yourself in Kyoto I would highly recommend checking out Nagi Kyoto Sanjo!

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Hotel Vista Premio Yokohama Minato-Mirai

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Traveling Japan isn’t something I have really done yet, so it was nice to finally get a few days off. I wanted to know what I should do with my newly acquired freedom. A friend advised me that it’s the middle of the Chinese New Year and there is a lot going on in the Yokohama China Town.

So I jumped on booking.com and found Hotel Vista Premio in the Minato Mirai area. I dare say my luck is getting better because this place is great!

I booked a room with a seafront view and this is what I got. It overlooks the harbour, gives an amazing view of the city, and it only gets better at night.

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I have looked at some of the reviews online about the Hotel Vista Premio and they range from excellent to very good. No poor and no terrible reviews. Which in this day and age of self-entitled critics is very impressive.

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The room was big and had everything you would expect a hotel to have. TV, kettle, phone, and fridge. The bathroom with dedicated wetroom and bath was amazing! To top it off it had a separate toilet with green tea scented toilet paper!

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Literally, the two things stopping me from giving this place a five-star review is that you don’t get any coffee in the room. You have to go to the reception, past the reception staff and into the waiting area where the coffee machine is.

Those of you who know me, know that I can’t function without a coffee in my hand at all times. So having to get in the elevator, travel down 3 floors, walk past the (very lovely) staff, so that I can refill my coffee was a bit of a ball ache.  They only had tea in the room for some reason. The pillows were filled with some kind of ball bearings. I’m not even joking. I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea to fill a pillowcase full of beans and rubber bullets but here we are. I had to take the pillow cover off and put it on the chair cushion to get a good nights sleep.

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You get a really good amount of amenities! Call me what you want, but when a hotel room has lots of free stuff my swag bag comes out and my shifty mode activates. Face wash, razors, hair brushes, PJs, slippers, toothbrushes, hair ties. If you are a woman you get a few extras when you check in, which is sexist AF by the way! I also enjoy fancy face serums! It’s 2019! Jeez!

Overall, Hotel Vista Premio is a great choice if you would like to experience the night cityscape views of Yokohama. The proximity to attractions is also excellent. Although there are a few minor niggles (such as the coffee), for a short term city getaway or a business visit, this is a good option. Visit  Booking.com <-use my link to get £15 off.

 

 

 

MANBOO

The problem with the taxi option is that I have taken three taxis since I have been in Japan and all of them cost me north of 50 quid. The first two where Uber, until I was told Uber in Japan, isn’t the same as it is the UK. Uber in Japan is used by businessmen and CEOs that require a “professional driver” so I was told to use Japan Taxi which to be fair, was a bit cheaper (by about 1000 yen-about seven odd quid), so not much of a change really.

The problem with the second option was that hotels in Tokyo can be on the very, very! VERY! expensive side. I could get a love hotel for six to twelve hours but I was a bit weirded out by it at the time. As for just staying up and partying all night, well, although I am a binge drinking English man, bars typically close at 3am here and the trains don’t start until 6 giving me 3 hours homeless time. And then I discovered ManBoo.

Manboo is an internet cafe with three room options, you have your standard room with internet access, a tv room with a comfy recline-able chair, and a room with both Internet access, A TV and a bed. Now, when I say “room” and “bed” I use the terms very loosely. By room, I mean cubicle much like a typical office style cubicle that reaches a bit further up, say about 6ft with a lockable door, and when I say bed, I mean a bit of a thinner landing mat you would typically see in gym class, or a martial arts school.

The lobby area is more like a library with rows upon rows of every manga you can think of and you can take the books and comics to your room and chill out in private with your favorite manga and help yourself to unlimited free soft drinks, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Cheap food is also available from vending machines and I don’t mean your typical packets of crisps and chocolate bar type of vending machines, I mean real food vending machines, noodles, pasta, fried chicken, chips, dumplings etc.

I booked for twelve hours in the highest price room, TV, internet, bed, the works. I didn’t need twelve hours but I wanted to experience as much as I could of this strange place and maybe get some sleep. How wrong and naive I was.

Sleep was not a possibility. As you might expect a cubicle within a massive room filled with computer equipment and TVs was about the temperature of your average sized server room. The aircon did very little to help, especially as my cubicle was on the top floor and elevated towards the ceiling meaning that heat could easily get in but not out. The people inside the cubicle next to mine were (and I’m just going off the grunting, knocking, moving and giggling) having a very good time, and just when I thought it was over, it would start up again ten-fifteen minutes later. So either there was a pair of newlyweds with the stamina of Rambo on bull shark steroids or these places are frequented by a particular worker, and it makes sense!

A cheap room that you can pay for by the hour, with a mat, no questions asked, is the perfect place to engage in questionable nighttime activities. This kind of made me wonder, what went on in MY room before I got here… on my easily wiped down crash mat… noticing that the room wasn’t what I would call clean…

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the night chilling by the free drinks bar or bolt upright careful not to touch anything, watching Japanese TV (which is a whole blog post by itself). Needless to say, I will not be staying in an internet cafe again anytime soon.

Internet cafes have a use (for all kinds of people) and I am sure there are lots of people that would just like to book a room where they can play games, read manga, watch TV and have free drinks all night. In my teens I would be happy to say I was one of those people, however, my view of internet cafes in Japan is that they are now more of a sex den than a nerds paradise.

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The Millennials Shibuya

The Millennials shibuya is a luxurious capsule hotel in the heart of Shibuya. It’s about a five minutes walk from the Shibuya station.20180927_100247

When you walk in you will be greeted by a single elevator. You take the elevator to the fourth floor and check in at reception/common area. There is a Roomba (automatic vac) cleaning the place, tables with TVs in them, a free to use Mac computer and a printer/scanner just around the corner. In the communal kitchen, there are free to use tabletop ovens, a fridge, an ice machine, two sinks, dishwasher and a top of the range coffee machine with an unlimited supply of coffee, iced coffee, hot cocoa, latte, cappuccino and hot water to make tea.

Check-in
Upon check-in, the very nice English speaking team will then hand you your amenities bag complete with a big towel, face towel, and slippers (complimentary of course). They will then tell you free beer is between seven and eight. You will also receive a small wash bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton set (cotton pads, cotton buds), a packet of tissues and in my case because it was my birthday, a free bag of crispy salted bread nibbles (a lifesaver in the middle of the night when I got peckish). You also receive an iPod unique to your Pod which controls the electric bed, lights, fan, and turns on/off the projector. It is essential to keep the iPod on your person as it has an NFC chip on the back that allows you to take the elevator to your floor. Just tap the back of your phone on the NFC tag, choose your floor and away you go.

Inside

There are 5 floors one of which is female only. Each floor has its own shower room and separate unisex toilets and of course this being Japan (and one of the most high tech hotels I have ever stayed in), the toilet is something out of Star Trek. It lifts automatically as you enter the cubical, flushes automatically when you stand up and the lid closes as you exit. Seat warmer, bidet, full flush, eco flush, mid-flush, seriously this toilet has more sensors than a NASA built satellite. All floors are non-smoking but there is a smoking terrace on floor 3, as well as a relaxation area/conference room with a small private study/meeting room and a line of couches that overlook the street below.

Style
The whole interior has a cold black and grey metallic look even though on closer inspection the walls are fabric and the carpet is very soft to walk on. The whole place has a very clean feel to it like it is constantly being vacuumed and polished despite never actually seeing a cleaner or a maid at any point of my stay. The modern/futuristic look really suits the idea of the hotel perfectly.

The Pod

Your room is a pod. When the bed is in couch mode there are roughly five inches of space between the foot of the bed and the entrance which is a curtain/projector screen. The bed flattens to take up the whole room and even though the door is essentially a drop down screen when closed, it gives you a real sense of privacy from the rest of the Pods. At this point I have stayed in a few places in Japan and I can honestly say The Millennials Shibuya bed was the most comfortable bed I have slept in so far! It was a far cry from the usual folded 4 layers of cardboard the Japanese seem to like. I was able to elevate and lower the bed to suit my comfort level. The lights can be dimmed to suit the mood and you are able to use the projector to either plug in an HDMI or just Chrome Cast YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime. There is also an option for Apple TV but I didn’t quite figure out how it worked. I wasn’t too bothered by this as I had a few episodes of Better Call Saul to catch up on. On the wall, there are more than enough power outlets to supply your six devices! Four power outlets and two USB plugs, a headphone jack and a second remote to pick which projector option you want.

Breakfast/Checkout
Breakfast is served between 7:30- 9:30am and checkout is at 10am but can be extended for an extra 1000 yen.
The food served are pastries and of course an unlimited supply of hot drinks. Checkout could not have been easier, hand back the stuff you received at check-in and that’s it, all checked out.

Good points
1. Very clean, I didn’t once see any dirt, dust or anything out of place.
2. Very helpful, friendly team, extra bonus points for a multilingual team that couldn’t do enough for you.
3. Comfortable beds. I have found more often than not that Japanese beds can be on the hard side, ranging from wood panel to wood panel with a sheet, but The Millennials Shibuya have a real western style comfortable mattress.
4. Multiple chillout areas. A common room with a kitchen stocked with all the appliances one would need in a professional kitchen minus a Hob, and a relaxed quiet workroom on a separate floor. The smoking area accessible at all times.

Could be improved

1. No air-conditioning in pods. It was a particularly warm night, and even in full birthday suit mode still found that the internal air fan system did nothing to decrease the temperature of my Pod.

2. Breakfast is literally different kinds of pastries. Now don’t get me wrong, I am quite partial to a morning pastry but one wasn’t enough and more than one was too much. I still found myself going to get a proper breakfast afterward.

Conclusion
The Millennials Shibuya is definitely a place I will be staying at in the future. Capsule hotels are a more luxurious form of “roughing it” but I can honestly say The Millennials Shibuya rivals that of a four-star hotel, minus the room space.

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