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Book & Bed: A Look Inside Japan’s Book Store Hotel

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A memorable hotel experience doesn’t always need to exude elegance and luxury. Every now and then the gems of simplicity show us what is achievable with very little space and loads of character. Book & Bed located in the heart of Tokyo is a prime example of this concept.

The space takes the idea of falling asleep amongst your favourite paperbacks into reality, combining Japan’s iconic capsule hotels with a library. Deemed the ‘accomodation bookshop’, guests are able to spend the night in sleeping quarters built directly into fully stacked bookshelves.

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Sticking to the neo-hipster theme, the website brazenly states the obvious with pride:

“The perfect setting for a good night’s sleep is something you will not find here. There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets. What we do offer is an experience while reading a book (or comic book). An experience shared by everyone at least once : the blissful ‘instant of falling asleep'”

No doubt those interested will not be after the five star experience and will have to make do with communal toilets and restrooms. Guests have a choice between a standard bunk or compact one which includes a booklight, Wi-Fi, a hanger for your clothes a private curtain and not much else. It’s also a bargain at $35-$45 per night’s stay. Definitely a cool hotel to cross off the bucket list we suppose.

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