when ninehours launched its first property in kyoto in 2009, the sleek and forward design not only redefined the capsule hotel formula but also changed the often biased perception by many of today's modern travelers. after a teaser showcase earlier this year at tokyo's narita airport - the japanese capital's main international gateway - ninehours has opened a second property right next to terminal 2 in anticipation of the growing global demand for accomodation and short-stay facilities at major air hubs. similarly to the kyoto property, the new venue is a collab effort of architect fumie shibata of design studio s, masaaki hiromura who designed the signs and graphics, and interior designer takaaki nakamura.
ninehours' hospitality concept is simple and entirely based on an infrastructure of pure essentials, packaged in easy-access modern comfort. mind you, its name is consequently inspired by the notion that a hotel stay is made up of 7 hours of sleep, 1 hour of chilling out and 1 hour of grooming. the setting is one of simple design, void of any frills yet hospitable at the same time. the property features 129 capsules - 71 for male guests and 58 for female guests in separate sections - which have all been fitted out with a specially designed mattress and pillow, and a nifty sleep ambient control system to help guests rest well.
a stay at ninehours may be based on the essentials, but that doesn't mean it's stripped of the pleasurable things in life. when staying the night, guests are offered quality loungewear and indoor slippers, in addition to quality towels and a set of sophisticated bathroom amenities. the hotel also offers well-designed communal facilities, including plenty of lockers to store your luggage, a lounge where to eat, drink or work on your laptop, and a modern washroom with ample shower cabins. location: parking building 2, level b1f, next to terminal 2 [narita airport].
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