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08/07/2014 08:00 am ET Updated 6 days ago

Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Is Basically A Human Recharging Station

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If hotels were luxury vending machines, they'd look like this. 9h nine hours capsule hotel -- with two locations in Japan -- is designed to deliver one thing only: a refreshed feeling for the next leg of your journey.

At nine hours, guests recharge in high-tech "sci-fi" sleeping pods, complete with panasonic control panels that "gently induce a deep slumber." There are no frills, no "meaningless decorations" and no unnecessary amenities to distract from a streamlined relaxation experience.

Upon check-in at nine hour, you'll receive loungewear and slippers to sport during your stay. Lather up in the futuristic shower boxes, and stash your things in a sleek white locker. Then locate into your numerically assigned sleeping pod -- measuring 43 by 86 inches and reminiscent of a giant battery charger -- for seven hours of rest. There are Wi-Fi connections, luggage storerooms, high-end bath products and Egyptian cotton towels to help you unwind in the most efficient yet luxurious way possible.

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Hoteliers designed the nine hours around a traveler's ideal "reset" recipe: one hour of showering, seven hours of sleep and one hour of getting dressed. After following the nine-hour program at a nine hours hotel, guests will be fully recharged for the next leg of their trip.

Oh, and did we mention stays start at only $19 a night?

Nine hours has two locations for travelers: one in Kyoto near a handful of major train stations, and a recently-opened one at Narita Airport in Tokyo. Nights in Kyoto go for about $19, and nights in Narita run about $38. You can rent pods by the hour, too.

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While most hotels aim to fill guests' leisure time with spas, pools and entertainment, nine hours cuts all that out in favor of its sole goal: sending you to your next flight, train ride or subway trip completely refreshed.

...sounds like the most blissful nine hours we've had in a while.

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