New Kyoto Hotel Seeks to Revolutionize Japanese ‘Capsule Hotel’ Concept

IoT integration and a lobby that doubles as a coworking space bring everyone’s favorite “quirky Japanese experience” to a new level

Press Release updated: Oct 26, 2017 22:14 JST

Global Agents Co., LTD has just announced a new hotel in Kyoto’s bustling Kawaramachi district looks to leave its mark on Japan’s Capsule Hotel culture by integrating technology and social spaces to bring a utilitarian concept into the realm of semi-luxury. With over 150 multi-functional Smart-Pod units spread over 4 floors of prime Kyoto real-estate, THE MILLENNIALS KYOTO provides guests with full control of their personal unit through the integrated iPod touch provided at check-in. These controls correspond to several unique functions, including an alarm system based on bed movement and optional projectors that make use of each unit’s built-in privacy screens. Additionally, the 8th floor lobby doubles as a spacious coworking space for local entrepreneurs, with full office amenities and a lively “Happy Hour” with endless free beer.

The central focus of guests’ experience of The Millennials is its high-tech Smart-Pods, controlled through an in-house app that centralizes all the functions of each guest’s sleeping arrangements. With this intuitive tool, guests can adjust lighting, air-flow, and even the incline of their mattress easily. Of particular note is the unique, soundless alarm system slowly raises guests to a seated position along with steadily brighter lights, enabling guests to wake up bright and early without disturbing their neighbors. For pods equipped with projectors, guests can connect their personal devices to watch any of their favorite programming in their own private theater. Each unit comes with underbed storage for luggage and can be locked for those staying consecutive nights. Every floor also includes completely private individual shower booths for guests, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

The 8th floor lobby of the complex doubles as a stylish coworking space, with full meeting rooms, private phone booths, and a common kitchen for guests and members to cook simple meals during their stay. With an open-concept design, this lobby area focuses on encouraging interaction between travelers and local entrepreneurs, in a lifestyle complex dubbed “andwork.” All users of this community space have free access to unlimited coffee, and a daily happy hour provides free draft beer every day from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Our goal with The Millennials is to go beyond what people have come to expect from this type of hotel and create a new option for today’s customer who wants both affordability & style.

Takeshi Yamasaki, CEO of Global Agents

The Millennials is the latest hotel from Japanese developer Global Agents, whose CEO Takeshi Yamasaki notes that “our goal with The Millennials is to go beyond what people have come to expect from this type of hotel, and create a new option for today’s customer who wants both affordability and style.” Global Agents have seen great success in the Tokyo market with their Social Apartment brand of co-living arrangements and plan to open another branch of The Millennials in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district next year.

For more information, contact:
Zacharie Coskun – Global Agents
[email protected]
+81-3-6433-5792

Source: Global Agents Co., LTD

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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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