Choosing a hotel is often a matter of compromises. For example, the GR Hotel Esaka, located in Osaka Prefecture, is a manageable seven-minute walk from the nearest train station, and rates for its single rooms start at just 3,000 yen a night, making it a great travel bargain.
However, those single rooms, as pictured above, arent exactly spacious. Theyre only 12 square meters, and most of the floor space is taken up by the semi-double bed.
But before you write the GR Hotel Esaka off, take a closer look at the picture below.
Notice those two posts rising from the corners of the bed? Theyre way too big to be part of the bedframe, and in fact, they have a completely different, totally awesome purpose. The bed rises up to the ceiling, giving you more space to move about and relax until youre ready to go to sleep.
The hotel says almost all of its “Single Type A” rooms are equipped with these beds. Even in space-efficient Japan, this is an extremely rare amenity, and Twitter users were left in awe of the clever technology (though one concerned commenter compared it to a booby trap from the "Resident Evil" video game series).
Unfortunately, the bed likely isnt designed to support a persons weight, so riding it probably isnt a good idea (and since it rises up right to the ceiling, youd end up banging your head anyway). Still, its an awesome feature thatll have you wanting to invite all your friends to your tiny little hotel room to see it, before heading to thein-hotel hot spring for a relaxing soak.
Between the GR Hotel Esaka and 8,000-yen hotel in Shizuoka with the unlimited crab and alcoholic drinks, we cant wait for the next three-day weekend so we can stay at both.
GR Hotel Esaka / ジーアールホテル江坂
Address: Osaka-fu, Suita-shi, Esaka-cho, 2-1-63
Sources: Twitter/@k_me0x0 via Hachima Kiko, Jalan
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