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“Good location, Great facility, but no sound proof” 4 of 5 stars
Review of B&S Eco-Cube Shinsaibashi

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B&S Eco-Cube Shinsaibashi
1.5 of 5 Capsule Hotel   |   2-9-4 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Osaka Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #30 of 80 Specialty lodging in Osaka
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good location, Great facility, but no sound proof”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Located near to shinsaibashi and dountoburi.
Toilet and shower room was clean and toiletries were provided.
But i was disturbed by someone snoring in the night, coz there was just a cotton blanket to cover your capsule.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We really wanted to try the capsule hotel experience in Japan and so found the cheapest one that we could in Osaka, our last stop on our tour. It was an experience to say the least.
It doesn’t very accurately describe (on hostelworld at least) that it's not open between 10am an 5pm so if you arrive with massive bags you either have to hang around or get lucky like we did and leave your bags in front of reception.
Men and women are separated and there are separate bathing areas for each as well. However the facilities aren’t great and a lot of the capsules are broken in some way. Mine had a piece of paper stuck over where the TV was supposed to be. The locker space for the luggage was very small and not suitable for large backpacks. I ended up leaving mine right outside my pod.
Still glad we did it to say that we have, and definitely the cheapest capsule to be found, although with good reason!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Although we had to walk through alleys from the nearest Namba JR station, we were pleasantly surprised by the warmth the staff greeted us! The hotel looks relatively new, the common area, the lobby was clean and there were no seedy characters hanging around. Mostly youths and tourists. We have to take out our shoes and keep them in provided lockers. The rooms were separated, there are designated floors for females and males, with access codes so no one can come lurking in. The female floor, almost like a college dorm atmosphere, was spotless! Even the toilets! And the capsules are just the right size, I can sit up comfortably and roll around. The sheets and pillows are clean, there are power outlets in each capsule, and also in the common female area. Overall, it was a lovely first time staying in a capsule :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

My biggest problem with the hotel was the long and hard search for the hotel. My friend and I were unfamiliar with the japanese address and there were no significant landmarks to look out for while searching for information online on how to get there.
To get there: arrive at the Midosuji line -Namba station and find exit 15. Walk straight until you see the Dolce & Gabbana and Prada stores. Before you pass by these stores, cross the main road (on your left side) and you should see a store called Tomorowland (Dries Van Noten store). Walk pass it and you will see a small temple at the mini-junction. Turn left to find Eco-cube. There is actually another subway exit (turn right to exit from exit 15, left to exit from this exit #, but i cannot remember the exit no. however, you can also use this exit to reach the hotel, just that you will not have to cross the main road.)
Other than the initial search for the hotel, I have no other significant complaints as I am very satisfied with the comfort, connectivity, location, and price of the hotel. One should note that this is a capsule hotel but don't worry, its even more comfortable than a dormitory-style hostel. Towels, toothbrush, toothbrush, cotton buds, cotton pads, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap, and a robe are provided. A narrow locker is also provided to lock your personal belongings in.

Room Tip: Rooms are assigned to you, ladies floor on 2nd floor, men's on 3rd and 4th floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

When I told my Japanese colleagues I would stay one night in a capsule hotel, they tried to convince me otherwise. "It's not safe", they said, "and it's only for men, drunk men who have missed their last train home and need a place to sleep". I am so glad I DIDN'T follow their advice though, because this hotel was quite a pleasant experience.

Starting with the location: Shinsaibashi is a trendy neighborhood, with lots of cafés, restaurants big and small, and shops for all budgets. It is also home to a lot of hipster-ish boutiques, making it a very interesting place for people-watching. The hotel is conveniently located close to two very central stations -- Namba and Shinsaibashi -- and was not difficult to find.

The receptionists were friendly and guided me through the basics: first you check in, put your shoes in a small locker at the reception, then take the elevator to the women's floor (which is only accessible with the guest's card, thus VERY safe), where there is a powder room+bathroom, followed by the capsules room. In the capsules room there are two rows of capsules on each side, private showers, and some lockers for your handbag -- and in these lockers you'll find a couple of towels, a robe, toothbrush, etc.

At first I thought it would be weird to walk around and take the elevator barefoot. But oh my, it was the cleanest place I've ever seen in my life! The reception, the elevator, the stairs, the room and the bathroom, everything was unbelievably clean. Oh, and if you're traveling with bigger luggage, there are huge coin lockers at the reception too, so no worries. Just plan things accordingly and take out all your toiletries/necessary clothes before putting the luggage in, otherwise you'll have to add more coins each time you open the locker.

As for the capsule itself -- wow. It's pretty large and I could even sit up straight inside. There was a TV, radio and alarm clock, a volume control and an electricity plug. Also, and this might be an important detail, you can regulate the intensity of the light and the vent, by letting more or less air into the capsule, working kinda like a small AC. There's a bamboo screen that covers the capsule entrance for a little extra privacy too, so none of your housemates can spy on you. Not that they would anyway -- most of the guests indeed looked like women who stayed at the office until late and missed their train. Unlike what I've been told, they didn't seem drunk at all, and were very respectful of other people's need for silence and privacy.

For the claustrophobic reading this review -- yes, perhaps this place is not for you. But it is definitely not as small as one would imagine. I've felt worse sleeping in a larger bedroom with no windows, so I guess it all depends. If you have issues with small spaces, perhaps it would be a good idea to explain this to the receptionist and ask them to see the capsule first.

Otherwise, it was a great experience and I would definitely go back to Eco Cube if I return to Osaka.

Room Tip: The capsule seemed big enough for me, but then again I am less than 170cm tall. I imagine a taller p...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huelva, Spain
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Like in many other big Japanses cities, this is an average capsule hotel with very cheap prices ( around 1,500 yens per night ) and in an extremely convenient location near Namba St. and in an area full of restaurants, shops and nightlife.
The capsules are, well, small or tiny depending on your size. If you´re above 1.85/1.90 m. you won´t fit straight in it. They have a radio, a TV ( mine didn´t work) and a dim light to read.
Sleeping quality is not bad, but bear in mind that the capsules are not well insulated so you may hear your neighbours snooring or moving around...
The men´s comunal bath area is great. Japanese style of course, with open showers around a very hot jacuzzi and a freezong small one, which I don´t recommend. They were very clean and relaxing to use.
On the overall, a cheap, clean and convenient capsulke hostel for 1 or 2 nights.
If you stay one than a night it is a bit inconvenient because the hotel is supposed to be closed and you cannot use its facilities although you can keep the luggage in there "at your own risk", but I think it was pretty safe anyway. So bear this in my mind if you plan a long stay. I was there just for a night and it was fien

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Like many, we wanted to experience staying in a capsule hotel and this hotel was the cheapest we could find. At 990 yen per person per night, it was a steal! It was ideally located near Dotonbori Street and America Mura too. The only problem was the capsule hotel is closed from 10am - 5pm. If you arrive earlier like we did, you have to store your luggage elsewhere, like we did, in the lockers in Shimbashi station.

The capsule had floors for both men and women. My partner enjoyed the bath in the men's floor. The facility for women is very basic with one shower for everyone to use on the 8th floor. The capsules were OK and clean enough for one night. As you have to check out everyday by 10am, longer stays will be a hassle. We only stayed for one night in Osaka and it's worth the experience. But we will not do it again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2-9-4 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Osaka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Osaka Prefecture > Osaka
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 80 Specialty lodging in Osaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — B&S Eco-Cube Shinsaibashi 1.5*
Number of rooms: 140
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