Have you ever walked around a MUJI store and wished you could live inside it? Let’s book a flight to Shenzhen, then!
The natural tones, the smart functionality, the sleek simplicity – the reputation that comes with MUJI is attractive not only to bona fide minimalists, but also to those who appreciate good design. This Japanese lifestyle brand boasts an impressive catalogue of products that includes all sorts of household items and personal pieces – from multi-coloured gel pens to facial moisturisers, linen pants, bicycles, and even houses! It’s only a matter of time before MUJI has its first ever hotel, and here it comes in Shenzhen, China, opening its doors on 18th January.
Built around the concept of ‘Anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap’, MUJI Hotel is devoid of ornamental paintings, fancy lamp shades, or colour-coded pillows and sofa that are so often found in your cookie-cutter hotel rooms. Here, guests will get to indulge on a peaceful slumber based upon the basic necessities – on a MUJI mattress over a MUJI bed, kitted with MUJI’s crisp white organic cotton sheets and duvets, and not to mention a variety of MUJI pillows to choose from. Sounds good?
Published rates go between RMB 950 and RMB 2500 (approximately USD 147 to USD 387), and there are five room categories to choose from. Each differs in size but not in quality. Standard amenities include toiletries, coffee and tea facilities, refrigerator, safe, hair dryer, kettle, and even a wall-mounted CD player and speaker set in each room. But what about TV? Fret not, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. This being China, home to almost 1.4 billion people, your flat screen TV will likely have hundreds of local and international channels. Another plus point is the universal plug sockets complete with USB docks so you don’t have to worry about not bringing a travel adapter.
As a brand that also advocates wellness, MUJI Hotel offers its guests complimentary use of the gym as well as a library. Guests are able to work out on the treadmill or the aero bike between 6am until 10pm, while the library located at the common area is open 24 hours a day for some exercise for the brain. There are 650 titles to browse through, all of which are available for purchase at the MUJI store.
For when hunger strikes, the MUJI Diner on the third floor offers meals that taste as good as they look on your Instagram feed. The menu is not yet available online, but if it’s anything like its sister outlet in Shanghai, patrons can look forward to dishes like Fried Chicken in Miso and Barbeque Sauce, Miso-flavoured Grilled Mackerel, or Miso-flavoured Mushroom and Barley Salad. If you’re expecting to wash all that down with Miso juice, sorry to disappoint. But the range of drinks like coffee, tea, as well as the elementary matcha latte should satisfy your thirst. Hot tip: they also have seasonal drinks such as Purple Potato Barley Milk Dew during winter. Yummy much?
A stay at MUJI Hotel is also a good opportunity to test drive the bedding, the chair, or even the toiletries that you might consider buying. Two whole floors of MUJI products are available should you wish to purchase some essentials or souvenirs. Don’t even have to worry about extra luggage space as you can buy four-wheeled luggage here to bring stuff home. With much of a normal person’s needs met within the compound, it’s almost like you don’t ever have to leave the building!
But you totally should, as Shenzhen is a bustling metropolis known for awesome shopping and themed attractions including Window of the World as well as Splendid China & Chinese Folk Culture Village. It is also slowly emerging as a design-centric city, even listed as one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities. From Shenzhen, travellers can also make a side excursion to Hong Kong which is easily accessible via train, bus, or ferry.
MUJI HOTEL SHENZHEN
Address: UpperHills, 5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, PRC
Contact: +86 755 83212281 or hotel.muji.com/en
GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Shenzhen from Kuala Lumpur and various locations. For low fares and flight info, visit airasia.com.