Hotels in Japan are really expensive. The cost of the drinks in the mini-bar in my room made my eyes water, so I hadn't touched them.
When the earthquake started, my mind went into overdrive -- my thought processes were along the lines of: (a) There's no time to get out of the hotel (b) I could do with a drink (c) the drinks in the mini-bar are really expensive (d) if the hotel collapses, I won't have to worry about the bill, and (e) if the hotel doesn't collapse, I'll be so happy that I won't mind paying the bill.
Thus, within a fraction of a second of my realizing what was going on, I'd jumped across the bed and was quaffing my first whiskey. And it wasn't long before I'd cleaned out the mini-bar.
Sad to relate I was wrong about one thing ... when it came time to leave, I did mind paying the bill for the mini-bar :-)
I once stayed at the Citizen M hotel at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam (http://www.citizenm.com/amsterdam-city/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=schiphol&gclid=CLrKzrnI47cCFaVFMgodamAAEg). The Dutch are supposed to be the tallest people in Europe so their beds are no doubt quite long. Even so the room was tiny, being exactly the width of a double Dutch (pun!) bed of square dimensions. I don't know how they made the bed. It was right up against the wall on 3 sides. At the head (bottom/side- the choice was yours as there was only a loose eiderdown) was a window and high on a wall a TV. Everything including the window blinds was controlled by the TV remote.
The room was open plan with the toilet and the shower in the middle of the floor each surrounded by a tube of glass. The toilet glass was frosted, the shower, not so much.
The water flow to the shower was interlocked to the door of the shower tube, but did not heat up immediately, so you had to stand under the cold water (there was no room to stand on the side) until it warmed up. Actually now that I think about it, the shower and toilet weren't controlled by the remote.
Check in and check out were all by computer like yours. I don't know if I would like a long stay, but quite enjoyable for one night.
I wouldn't mind robots doing everything if it made it cheaper, but if you're paying big bucks you should get that human touch! It's like the difference between getting a cappuccino from a machine vs. a real live hipster barista...you just feel cooler with the barista drink. Or maybe that's just me? :)
Let's hear the earthquake story!!
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