Kotobuki Works to Create What Our Customers Want
In order to create an attractive capsule hotel, it’s important for hotels to place elements within the capsule bed which make it pleasant for guests to spend time there, to change the layout of the beds, and to design the beds to match the space. Kotobuki can respond to the needs of its customers, helping them create the capsule hotel they dream of building.
Appeal to a wide range of patrons with various types of beds
In order to bring in a wide range of patrons and to encourage repeat customers, the key is to have a range of different capsule beds available. By bringing in different types of capsule beds and carefully arranging them, it is possible to create a space that can cater to the needs of a wide range of clientele. By arranging various types of capsule beds near each other on the same floor, you can create a sense of excitement and anticipation as guests think, "Next time, maybe I’ll try out that type."
GLANSIT KYOTO KAWARAMACHI
The upper level bed opens to the side, creating a private room atmosphere between the capsule bed and the wall. By installing a desk, this creates an easy to use and wonderful space that is perfect for business travelers as well as tourists. The lower level bed is a Front entry bed that faces the walkway. Having different types of beds right above each other creates a striking visual contrast.
With a little consideration you can create a space that supports female clientele
Left : Locker room
Middle : Makeup room
Right : Shower room
Traditionally capsule hotels have primarily been used by men, but right now the number of female patrons is rapidly increasing. By having strict security with separate floors for men and for women, or by having a capsule hotel that is just for women, even women who are traveling alone can feel safe when they stay. Floors or hotels that are just for women can make use of interior design and other options that are visually appealing to women. By using these types of techniques to appeal to what women want, there is a strong potential to gain repeat guests.
Stepping outside of a normal capsule bed puts you in a shared space with other guests you do not know. For women who feel uncomfortable at the thought of running into somebody right after they wake up before putting on makeup, this bed includes shelving and a mirror, making it easy to get ready in the morning. Small considerations like this are important when it comes to attracting repeat guests.
A wide open space with big beds
For those looking for a capsule hotel with a wide open feel, we suggest bed types and layouts with plenty of space. With additional customization, these accommodations can help guests overcome their preconceived notions of “cramped” spaces, providing a place where it is easy for anybody to stay.
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae ( left )
The space below these capsule beds is customized with locking storage areas. While the external dimensions are the same as for regular type beds, inside they are extra tall and offer ample space. Perfect for hotels that cater to tourists and other patrons with lots of luggage.
Capsule Hotel CUBE Hiroshima ( right )
By arranging side entry capsule beds above each other with their openings facing opposite directions, it is possible to create private rooms. Other amenities such as desks or lockers can also be added.
Capsule hotels are popular with foreign visitors to Japan
Photo_Nacasa & Partners
Identity and Signage_Hiromura Design OfficeInterior_Takaaki Nakamura
The number of foreign visitors coming to Japan continues to rise. With Japan being the birthplace of the capsule hotel, these hotels are receiving more and more attention as a unique type of lodging that can only be experienced in Japan. It is not just about the capsule beds, as capsule hotels with an overarching theme throughout are especially popular.
Cabin & Capsule Hotel J-SHIP Osaka Namba ( top )
This modern take on traditional Japanese design is perfect for international tourists, and it also calls to mind a strong sense of familiarity for Japanese patrons. Guests are welcomed in by a design based on traditional Japanese woodworking. Adhering to the concept of the hotel, the exterior panels for the capsule beds have also been customized with wood grain textures.
9h ninehours Shinjuku-North ( bottom )
With locations across Japan, ninehours uses custom made capsule beds with a circular look, creating a stylish design that is very unique. The futuristic space is designed to excite foreign visitors, and it is thought to have contributed to the surge in popularity of capsule hotels.
A resort style capsule hotel for long term stay
Left : Hanger rack
Middle : Mirror, Safety box
Right : Night panel
With urban style capsule hotels, the goal is to offer a safe and simple place to stay, but with capsule hotels in resort areas, it is important to use additional techniques to create a place where patrons can stay for a long time without growing bored. These box shaped spaces are perfect for giving patrons the feeling of being out of their daily routine.
THE LODGE MOIWA
This capsule hotel is located at the base of the ski slope in Niseko, Hokkaido, which is a popular destination for skiers from all over the world. Guests can change the interior design of their capsule bed to suit their mood for the day, as the LED illuminated color of their space can be changed by flicking a switch in their bed. In addition, we have installed equipment for long-term residents such as a clothes rack, mirror and safety box.