On my final week of my supposedly stay in Tokyo, Japan, I managed to discover an affordable capsule hotel which is situated in the vicinity of Asakusa Temple. It is the Hotel Kawase and Capsule. My 2nd capsule hotel experience in Japan, after the pricy Skyspa Yokohama, this hotel gave me a totally different experience. I would like to share my experience and thus review this hotel as well.
|Compare to the capsule bed in Skyspa Yokohama, the bed in Kawase was very cosy and spacious. The capsule hotel is actually a double decker bed with a capsule design. The real capsule hotel is really narrow. Although the equipment inside the bed was quite old, recently a 15 inches LED tv has been installed inside each capsule room with headphone. Alarm clocks could also be set with ample of space for your belongings.|
|My ‘room’ was on the top side and you’ve got yourself a curtain for privacy.|
|Each guest is provided with a small mini locker enough for some clothes and a slipper.|
|Overview of the double decker capsule designed bed.|
|Public washing Area for your tooth-brushing and face washing activity. A decent area for me. There is also a small public bath (Sento – 銭湯)|
(from top left clockwise: Refrigerator for your own perusal, coffee and beer vending machine, washing machine and dryer (minimal payment), free green tea making machine and microwave)
Not included in the photo: Free kitchen, rice cooker and coffee at the common room.
|An antique tooth-paste, toothbrush and shaver dispensing machine.|
The Common Room
|The common room which is situated on the 2nd floor spots a cafe-like interior|
|Sorry for the little mess from my laptops and cameras and bags…the common room is also HD Satellite TV ready and free Wifi is provided with cosy sofa…ahhh…最高だったな！！|
In my very own personal opinion during a travellers’ stay in a hostel, the most important feature is the common room whereby we are able socialise with other international travellers. And I feel that, of all the common rooms in other hostels I have visited, Hotel Kawase provides the best common room.
|Of course we would need fun travelers to rev up the mood. I got to make new and really fun friends during my stay here. From left: a guy from Hong Kong (sorry that I’ve forgotten your name), Simon from Sweden!, Me from Malaysia, Atilla from Holland/Turkey) You guys made this a very memorable stay!!!|
Available room type: Private single and double bed, capsule type hotel
Price: Starting from 1500 yen (during promotional period)
Location: At the heart of cultural Asakusa, subways are easily accessible to other parts in Tokyo
Amenities: Great Wifi, great common room, clean open bath and private bath, great coffee and tea!
Fun: Staff are polite and friendly (I guessed it’s a family owned accommodation), and of course with fun travellers, the common room is the best so far!
Rating: My very first 5 out of 5 rating for cheap affordable value for money accommodation + FUN! I will definitely return to this place again..