The closest I’ve come to a pod hotel is some unfortunate bunks in hostels in my early 20s and the Citizen M (a.k.a. the hotel with the toilet in the middle of the room).
I want to stay in a real pod hotel soon, and Kyoto seems like the place to do it. Cabbage Rose had a write-up of 9h (a.k.a. “9 hours”) which looks well-designed, sharp, and hyper-clean. I love instruction pages (which come from the 9h website) like this:
Photos from inside 9h after the jump.
When I look at the pod from this angle, it seems like an iPad you can sleep in:
Then I look at the wall of these, and I do get a little freaked out by the coffin-like nature of them one on top of each other:
What do you think? Have you slept in a pod hotel? Liked it? Left screaming after you woke up in the middle of the night, disoriented, with the ceiling one foot above your head?