The Jakarta Post
The hotel has a communal lounge for both hotel guests and daytime visitors to read books together. (Book and Bed Tokyo/File)
For bibliophiles who just wish they could spend the whole night in bookstores or libraries, it is safe to say that their prayers have been answered.
Tokyo’s hotel called Book and Bed— built in a similar way to Japan’s capsule hotels— consists of multiple mini compartments that situate themselves inside rows of bookshelves.
In the “accommodation bookstore” as quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, guests have access to 3,200 books in different languages.
Even though the hotel might not possess luxurious amenities like those provided by five-star hotels, Book and Bed Tokyo suggests that falling asleep to a good book can be more comforting than staying in a luxurious suite room with avant-garde facilities.
The hotel has a communal lounge for both hotel guests and daytime visitors to read books together. Natsuki Suno shared, “many visitors hangout in one big space, so we can communicate and feel relaxed.”
Encompassing a total of 60 cube rooms, the Book and Bed opened itself to visitors and guests 18 months ago. The hotel's CEO, Kei Asai, aimed at providing the target market something more than the capsule hotel did. He emphasized that, “the reason why I came up with this concept was because I wanted to stay in this kind of hotel where you can fall asleep while enjoying something fun.”
Overnight rates start from 3,800 yen (US$33.71) and can go up to 4,800 yen in accordance with the room. For 500 yen per hour, visitors that drop by during the day can relax in upholstered nooks while reading beloved books. (nik/kes)