5 things to know about Muji's first ever hotel
Ever entered a Muji store and thought, "I could live in a place like this?" Well, at some point, the important people behind the cult-favourite Japanese retailer probably heard you (and millions of others) echoing the same sentiment, which brings us to this very moment. The world's first ever Muji hotel is finally here. Our prayers have been answered.
Their maiden residence in Shenzhen, China is exactly what you would imagine a Muji abode to look like — all of the 79 rooms rep classic wooden finishes, familiar grey sofas, and crisp white sheets, i.e. the Muji aesthetic in a nutshell. Here are five things to note about the minimalist hotel, before you go ahead and book a stay next time you're in Shenzhen.
1. A stay here is pretty pocket-friendly
It's Muji after all — we certainly wouldn't call it a luxury hotel. In exchange for fancy Smart TVs and an extraordinary turn-down service, they pride themselves on providing a stay governed by quality sleep. Practicality first. Think comfortable lighting and coil mattresses with optimum firmness. There are also the basic essentials stocked in the room, like toothbrushes, electric kettles, and even a wall-mounted CD players, all of which are Muji products. Room rates run from RMB 950 (SGD 197) to RMB 2,500 (SGD 518) per night.
2. You can get a decent workout here
The hotel comprises of a small-scale gym equipped with the basic neccessities like treadmills, aero-bikes, and weights. While it isn't exactly the biggest fitness playground out there, this mini gym will suffice for the busy traveller looking to pencil in a short workout.
3. The hotel strongly encourages reading
We never pegged Muji to be the bookworm type but this is probably our favourite part of the hotel — their 24-hour library offers a sizeable collection of over 650 books catered to all ages and varying cultures. It is free to use for both the general public and hotel guests.
4. You won't have to worry about running out of anything
Forgot to pack an extra set of clothes or your facial cleanser? Not to worry, the hotel is also home to one of the largest Muji stores in China, which takes up the second and third floor of the building. With everyday items like clothing, cosmetics, and skincare, you won't have to leave the hotel to get what you need.
5. There are more Muji hotels coming your way
The hotel in Shenzhen certainly won't be the brand's last. Come March 2018, the brand's second hotel will open in Beijing, while its third is set to debut in Tokyo in 2019. Exciting times ahead, indeed.