I spent the night at the First In Kyobashi. It’s just a few blocks from Tokyo Station in the business district, so it’s a pretty easy walk from the station to the hotel. The front desk does not open until 5pm, so I had a little time to get some food and do some research on what I was going to do in Tokyo.
The official name of the hotel is “First In Kyobashi.” Kyobashi is the name of the neighborhood. I’m not sure if “In” is actually supposed to be “Inn.” Is the hotel saying it’s the first hotel in Kyobashi? Or perhaps it’s the First Inn, Kyobashi. Not worth thinking about, but a bit entertaining. Online, I’ve seen the hotel listings say both In and Inn.
This hotel is a capsule hotel. Your bed is basically similar to a berth on a train. The ‘rooms’ at this particular capsule hotel look like they are from the 70s or 80s. They are plastic boxes with a curtain. Inside is a small desk lamp, a pull out desk, a radio (basically a car stereo), and a pay TV, meaning, you have to put Yen in it to get it to work. My capsule was on the second floor, which is men only – there is another floor for women. There were several of these berths on the floor, stacked 2 high. You also get a locker, shower sandals, and a ‘robe’ (actually more similar to scrubs). There is a bathroom on this floor (sinks, toilets).
The bathrooms are shared – there is basically a dressing room on the basement floor. The first part of the room has a wall lined with sinks, and a few vending machines for soaps, phone recharge, and other random stuff. In the middle of the room are several tables and chairs to hang out in. At the back of the room is a small room where there is a toilet and sink. Next to that room is another room with 3 showers. I believe this area is for men only and there is another floor for women, similar to the arrangement for the room where the berths are.
Overall, a very comfortable experience. Good enough, since I had no intention of hanging out at the hotel.