Book And Bed Tokyo: A Bibliophiles Haven
If youre like some people who turn to his or her favourite novel or any other book to get himself or herself to sleep, then Book and Bed Tokyo is the accommodation that is perfect for you. While this accommodation cannot really be classified as a world-class hotel, it being more of a backpackers budget accommodation in the concrete, steel, and electronic jungle of Tokyo, it is nevertheless a bibliophiles haven.
A word of caution; if you are claustrophobic, youd better steer clear of Book and Bed Tokyo or any other similarly designed capsule hotels. Bed and Book looks more like your ordinary bookstore with rows upon rows of bookshelves dutifully curated and indexed by Shibuya Publishing. From novels to short stories and even your favourite comic books, this ones got it. The question most potential guests have is why anyone would want to sleep in a place that has plenty of books and a tiny cramped space to call your bed?
Well, the answer lies in the beauty of falling asleep without knowing that youre already in slumber land. Book and Bed draws its inspiration from the innate human experience where the mind is worked out by reading until such time that it loses steam, putting it to sleep. Everyone knows the feeling. Youre busy reading. You want to push yourself to read some more only to find out the moment you wake up that youve already fallen asleep.
The Book and Bed Tokyo may not have luxury accommodation, but it surely provides a very unique experience, unlike your normal seaside holiday, for those who would love to fall asleep with a book right in front of their faces.
The accommodation is composed of 46 different beds categorized into compact, standard, and double. While you may have your own little nook, the shower room and toilets are communal. A spacious common area is available if youre feeling like sharing your thought or two with other guests at the Book and Bed. Youre actually free to read anything and everything they have in their bookshelves. Youre just not supposed to bring them home.
Each cubicle comes with its own reading lamp, a small locker, and a few electrical outlets. Each one is kept relatively private by an individual curtain and youd be provided with slippers and hangers, too. Of course, being Japan, WiFi connection is already a given.
When you do intend to stay at the Book and Bed Tokyo, make sure to have your credit card ready as they dont accept cash. Also, if you want to save a few dollars on your stay, make sure never to check in on Fridays and Saturdays as well as the day before any of Japans public holidays as the rates are usually jacked.
Sure, Book and Bed Tokyo doesnt come with the pomp and glamor of a Ritz-class hotel. But you cannot deny the fact that the experience it offers is something that is quite unique. Its this experience that no other place can offer.