The BBC has a slide show of some weird hotels in the world. You can find it here.
Check out the Capsule Inn Akihabara, in Tokyo. You sleep in one tube-like space that is one of a bank of identical units. According to the Inn’s website, each tube is 1 meter x 1 meter x 2 meters, so the rooms really aren’t designed for your average oversized American. (For the metrically challenged like me, a meter is 3.28 feet.) Once you are inside the capsule, you use a control bank to watch TV, listen to the radio, and set the alarm. The Inn’s website assures that each room “has blinds to be drawn for complete privacy.” Well, that’s reassuring!
The advantage of the Capsule Inn is that it is cheap. A room goes for 4,000 yen per night, which comes out to less than $50 at current exchange rates — and that’s in Tokyo, one of the world’s most expensive cities. You get what you pay for, however. Even if I could comfortably squeeze my ever-expanding girth into Room 504, I’m not sure I’d want to stay in a place that looks like the local kennel.