By Scott Brause
As the name implies, you will not be hoisting yourself into an elongated clothes dryer and closing the door at night, but instead will be leaning back on your plush pillow watching some TV or working off your laptop in pajamas.
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS is pioneering a new category of accommodation in town. It offers guests the best of both worlds by combining the economical value and convenience of a capsule hotel with professional staff hospitality and spacious, modern, shared facilities. MyCUBE is ideal for tourists and business travellers seeking a no-fuss, low maintenance and good value accommodation.
Guests stay in cube-like rooms partitioned off from a larger, spacious communal room. MyCUBE has separate floors for women and men. The interior design of the shared bathrooms, showers and open-plan lounge area is sleek, bright, and very modern. You can choose to spend time in your cube or relax in the lounge/dining area, where they serve breakfast, including some options provided in a special collaboration with local shops. Thus, MyCUBE has a good balance of shared versus private space. An array of personal care amenities is available near reception, and floors are also equipped with washing machines, dryers and drink vending machines. Everything you would need during your stay is easily accessible.
The cube itself spells convenience. Its clean, minimalistic and highly functional design allows you to make the cozy space your own and have all your belongings within arm’s reach. The cube’s high ceilings and clever back lighting allows you to adjust the ambience accordingly. It is equipped with a safe, USB and plug outlet, hangers, retractable shelf, mirror, headphones, alarm clock and TV. Take your pick from Korean, Chinese or Japanese channels or an English news channel. You will also receive a bathroom set (slippers, sleepwear, set of towels). Suitcases can be tucked away neatly underneath the bed in your personal storage compartment that comes with a lockable rolling shutter.
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS is highly accessible from both Narita and Haneda airports and is in close proximity to Kuramae station – the hotel sign is visible from the A2 exit. I would certainly recommend a stay at MyCUBE by MYSTAYS, which scores bonus points for an easy-to-navigate website and straightforward, online booking process.
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS is easily accessible via Tokyo's subway: 1 minute walk from exit A2 of Kuramae Station on the Toei Asakusa Line and 4 minutes walk from exit A6 of Kuramae Station on the Toei Oedo Line. Those with heavy luggage should bear in mind Kuramae station do not have elevators.
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